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  • Fossil hunters reveal Squawkzilla, the three-foot tall cannibal parrot [tr]

    08/07/2019 5:22:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 7, 2019 | Joe Pinkstone
    A giant cannibalistic parrot that stood more than three feet tall and lived in New Zealand 19 million years ago has been dubbed 'squawkzilla'. Scientists reckon the animal, which is officially known as Heracles inexpectatus, feasted on other parrots to nourish its massive frame. The tree-dwelling creature is believed to have used its enormous beak to feed on the flesh of its own species. It is thought to be the largest parrot ever and rivals the famed dodo in its bulk, and towers above the current flightless inhabitants of New Zealand, the kakapo.
  • Ancient Anthropod Named After Star Wars' Millennium Falcon

    08/02/2019 10:47:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 31, 2019 | Daisy Hernandez
    Cambroraster falcatus was an ancient, primitive arthropod that dominated the ocean approximately 506 million years ago during the Cambrian period. The creature's name was inspired, in part, by Star Wars' Millennium Falcon due to its similar resemblance of the fictional spacecraft (sort of). C. falcatus, which was roughly the size of a human hand when fully grown though this fossil was nearly a foot long, also bore a striking resemblance to the modern horseshoe crab, per a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. The anatomy of the apex predator featured a carapace that covered its...
  • Travel Tuesday: Dinosaur dig uncovers clues about warmer Alaska climate

    07/30/2019 7:28:40 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 16 replies
    KTVA ^ | July 30th 2019, | Liz Raines
    (Video at source)A group of international researchers say they have uncovered possible evidence of a warmer climate in Alaska — dating back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Dr. Tony Fiorillo of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, and his team are fresh back from a three-week, remote expedition to Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve. During that time, Fiorillo says the researchers discovered what appeared to be a crayfish burrow. How do crayfish fit in with dinosaurs? We wondered that too. "They lived with the dinosaurs," Fiorillo explained. "As you can imagine, in Anchorage, there aren't...
  • Massive 1,100-pound bone of ‘world’s biggest dinosaur’ found

    This is one bone you don't want to pick with. Paleontologists have unearthed a 140-million-year-old dinosaur bone, 6.5 feet in length, weighing 1,100 pounds in France. The thigh bone was discovered in Charente, an area that dates back 140 million years and has been a treasure trove for archaeologists in the past. “This is a major discovery,” Ronan Allain, a paleontologist at the National History Museum of Paris said in an interview with Reuters. “I was especially amazed by the state of preservation of that femur.” “These are animals that probably weighed 40 to 50 tons," Allain added. More than...
  • Mysterious new lizard found inside 125-million-year-old flying dinosaur

    07/11/2019 6:36:06 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | July 11, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    Researchers have found the fossilized remains of a new species of lizard inside the stomach of a small flying dinosaur known as a microraptor. Known as Indrasaurus wangi (after an ancient Hindu legend), the lizard was found almost entirely complete, SWNS reports. The lizard was swallowed whole, head first, by the microraptor, a crucial clue that provides new information into the eating habit of the winged dinosaur. "The new lizard had teeth unlike any other previously known from the Jehol Biota, thus expanding the diversity of this clade and possibly suggesting a unique diet for this new species," according to...
  • Gemstone miners in Canada accidentally stumbled across a fossil of the ancient sea monster [tr]

    07/05/2019 10:20:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 5, 2019 | Ian Randall
    Hunting for shiny, rainbow-coloured gemstones, miners found a different kind of treasure — a wonderfully preserved fossil skeleton of an ancient sea monster. The marine reptile lived 70 million years ago — at the same time as the dinosaurs — and was unearthed from a part of Alberta, Canada, that used to be underwater. The skeleton of the fearsome predator has, rarely, been very well preserved, with only its flippers missing.
  • Ancient Europeans lived alongside a half-ton bird nearly 12 feet tall

    06/26/2019 6:08:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    cnn ^ | June 26, 2019 | Ashley Strickland,
    Inside a Crimean cave was a gigantic ancient mystery just waiting to be uncovered: a bird so large that it weighed nearly as much as an adult polar bear. Giant birds once roamed Madagascar, New Zealand and Australia. The latest fossil find, an intriguing fossilized femur, was recently found in Taurida Cave on the northern coast of the Black Sea. It was discovered along with other fossils, including bison bones, that helped researchers date the now-extinct giant bird to between 1.5 million and 2 million years ago. When the first early human ancestors arrived in Europe, they might have encountered...
  • During the Ice Age, Long-Legged Hyenas Prowled the Arctic

    06/19/2019 6:37:59 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    gizmondo ^ | 18 June 2019 | George Dvorsky
    “The size, shape, and arrangement of the cusps on the two teeth are characteristically hyena, in that the teeth are very robust, and with sharp shearing blades,” Humans took a similar route to reach North America some 15,000 years ago, but the hyena migration happened much earlier. “It is amazing to imagine hyenas thriving in the harsh conditions above the Arctic Circle during the Ice Age,” “So they are an all-around ‘triple-threat’ of a predator, being able to run with their long legs, hunt and cut meat with their sharp teeth, and scavenge with their powerful premolar teeth,” he said.
  • Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth

    06/14/2019 8:58:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 90 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 12, 2019 | University of Leicester
    Previously, pterodactyls were thought to only be able to take to the air once they had grown to almost full size, just like birds or bats. This assumption was based on fossilised embryos of the creatures found in China that had poorly developed wings... Another fundamental difference between baby pterodactyls, also known as flaplings, and baby birds or bats, is that they had no parental care and had to feed and look after themselves from birth. Their ability to fly gave them a lifesaving survival mechanism which they used to evade carnivorous dinosaurs. This ability also proved to be one...
  • Incredible dinosaur discovery: Herd of opal-encrusted dinos uncovered

    06/04/2019 9:15:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies ^ | June 4, 2019 | James Rogers | Fox News
    Researchers have discovered the fossilized remains of a herd of dinosaurs in an opal mine in the Australian outback. The fossils were found in the mine near Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, and include a new dinosaur species as well as the world’s most complete opalized dino, according to experts. “We initially assumed it was a single skeleton, but when I started looking at some of the bones, I realised that we had four scapulae (shoulder blades) all from different sized animals,” said Dr. Phil Bell, lead researcher from the University of New England in Australia, in a statement. The...
  • 50-million-year-old fossil shows school of baby fish in their final moments

    05/31/2019 5:37:16 PM PDT · by ETL · 46 replies ^ | May 31, 2019 | Brandon Specktor Senior Writer | LiveScience
    There's room for all types in a newly described fossil that shows 259 baby fish swimming together in a school, approximately 50 million years ago. According to the authors of a new study published Wednesday (May 29) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this ex-school may be the earliest known fossil evidence that prehistoric fish swam in unison, just as modern fish do today. A team of Arizona researchers stumbled upon this remarkable rock during a visit to the Oishi Fossils Gallery of Mizuta Memorial Museum in Japan. Working with the museum, the researchers determined that the...
  • Discovery of 'reptilian-mammal' fossil could rewrite history

    05/29/2018 12:53:58 PM PDT · by ETL · 60 replies ^ | May 29, 2018 | James Rogers
    The discovery of an unusual fossilized skull in eastern Utah is shedding new light on Earth’s history. The 130 million-year-old skull belonged to a previously unknown “reptile-like mammal.” Experts have described the new species, named “Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch,” in honor of paleontologist Richard Cifelli, in the journal Nature. “Based on the unlikely discovery of this near-complete fossil cranium, we now recognize a new, cosmopolitan group of early mammal relatives,” said Adam Huttenlocker, lead author of the study and assistant professor of clinical integrative anatomical sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, in a statement. ..." Cifelliodon belongs to an...
  • “The Hidden Kingdom” –Ancient Fossil Resets How Life First Arrived on Land from the Oceans

    05/24/2019 7:35:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 5/23/19
    Scientists have unearthed fossilized fungi in the remote Northwest Territories of the Canadian Arctic dating back to one billion years, in a discovery that could reshape our understanding of how life first arrived on land from the oceans. Fungi, the “Hidden Kingdom,” are not plants. Living things are organized for study into large, basic groups called kingdoms. Fungi were listed in the Plant Kingdom for many years. Then scientists learned that fungi show a closer relation to animals, but are unique and separate life forms. Most fungi build their cell walls out of chitin. This is the same material as...
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Ammonite Found in Burmese Amber

    05/20/2019 4:53:10 AM PDT · by vannrox · 47 replies
    Sci-News ^ | May 14, 2019 | by Natali Anderson
    An international team of paleontologists has found a piece of amber containing the beautifully preserved ammonite, several marine and land organisms that lived 99 million years ago (Cretaceous period).The 99-million-year-old piece of amber from northern Myanmar. Image credit: Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.
  • Bedbugs roamed Earth alongside dinosaurs 100 million years ago

    05/16/2019 6:18:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | May 16, 2019 | Ann W. Schmidt | Fox News
    A new study, published in Current Biology on Thursday, found that bedbugs have been around for 100 million years — significantly longer than scientists had previously believed. “To think that the pests that live in our beds today evolved more than 100 million years ago and were walking the Earth side by side with dinosaurs was a revelation. It shows that the evolutionary history of bed bugs is far more complex than we previously thought,” Professor Mike Siva-Jothy from the University of Sheffield, who participated in the study, said in a news release. Dr. Steffen Roth from the University Museum Bergen...
  • Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?)

    05/09/2019 7:31:54 AM PDT · by fishtank · 79 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) | Philip Robinson
    Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?) by Philip Robinson Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) The month of May 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519). The polymath was well known for his contributions to science, history, engineering, architecture, drawing and especially painting, with his most famous painting being the Mona Lisa. For this anniversary the UK’s Royal Collection Trust is displaying some of its collection of Leonardo drawings in 12 different locations. One particular drawing is causing a stir.
  • Fossil of "Sphinx" discovered in NE China

    01/24/2006 5:42:09 PM PST · by Tyche · 47 replies · 1,893+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | 24 Jan 2006 | People's Daily Online
    The legendary "Sphinx" eventually found its counterpart version in archeological fossil. Chinese and American paleontologists found two distinct kinds of bone characteristics in the fossil of a sharp-mouthed mammal excavated in China's Liaoning province. The mammal's upper part makes people believe it was viviparous while its lower part looks like oviparous, reports Wen Hui Daily. The latest issue of the British magazine Nature reports the unprecedented discovery. The magazine editor as well as paleontologists marveled at the discovery and believed it might change the traditional theory on mammals evolution. Li Gang, one of the coauthors of the paper, said the...
  • Tracking Myth to Geological Reality

    11/05/2005 12:20:12 PM PST · by Lessismore · 26 replies · 1,584+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 11/4/2005 | Kevin Krajick*
    Once dismissed, myths are winning new attention from geologists who find that they may encode valuable data about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other stirrings of the earth SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--James Rasmussen, owner of a funky used-record store called Bud's Jazz, and Ruth Ludwin, a seismologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, make an unlikely professional team. Late last year, they were walking down the beach near the bustling Fauntleroy ferry dock, searching for a reddish sandstone boulder. Native American legends-Rasmussen belongs to the local Duwamish people-say the boulder is haunted by a'yahos, a spirit with the body of a serpent and...
  • Mysterious amphibious human-like creature spotted in the Caspian Sea

    08/11/2005 7:23:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies · 921+ views
    Pravda ^ | March 25 2005 | translated by Guerman Grachev
    An amphibious humanlike being was reported in Karelia in 1928. The creature was repeatedly seen in the lake of Vedlozero by local residents. A group of researchers from the Petrozavodsk University arrived to investigate the case on location. Unfortunately, the findings were classified and the members of the research party eventually perished in the Gulag.
  • Research To Investigate Links Between Ancient Greeks And Modern Science Fiction

    06/08/2005 11:28:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 737+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-06-08
    New research into the Ancient Greeks shows their knowledge of travel inspired early forms of fantasy and science fiction writing.There is a long tradition of fantasy in Greek literature that begins with Odysseus' fantastic travels in Homer's Odyssey. Dr Karen Ni-Mheallaigh, at the University of Liverpool's School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, is exploring fantasy in ancient literature, examining theories of modern science fiction writing and how these can be applied to texts from the ancient world. Dr Ni-Mheallaigh is looking at the work of 2nd century AD writer, Lucian of Samosata, who wrote True Histories, a travel narrative that...