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  • Amber fossils unlock true color of 99-million-year-old insects

    07/06/2020 10:38:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 30, 2020 | Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters
    To understand how and why color is preserved in some amber fossils but not in others, and whether the colors seen in fossils are the same as the ones insects paraded more than 99 million years ago, the researchers used a diamond knife blades to cut through the exoskeleton of two of the colorful amber wasps and a sample of normal dull cuticle. Using electron microscopy, they were able to show that colorful amber fossils have a well-preserved exoskeleton nanostructure that scatters light. The unaltered nanostructure of colored insects suggested that the colors preserved in amber may be the same...
  • First evidence that ancient humans ate snakes and lizards is unearthed in Israel

    06/28/2020 12:17:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Live Science ^ | June 25, 2020 | Mindy Weisberger
    Human communities in the Levant at this time were known as Natufian. They were primarily hunters and foragers and are considered the first non-nomadic society; the semi-sedentary habits of Natufian culture were likely a precursor to humans settling down and becoming farmers. At the el-Wad Terrace settlement, the site was densely layered with animal remains, of which "a high percentage" belonged to lizards and snakes, the researchers reported in a new study, published online June 10 in the journal Scientific Reports. The quantity of squamate bones at the site was astonishing; that alone hinted at human consumption as a possible...
  • Paleontologists Find Giant Soft-Shelled Egg of Cretaceous-Period Marine Reptile in Antarctica

    06/21/2020 9:32:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Sci-News ^ | June 19, 2020 | News Staff / Source
    Named Antarcticoolithus bradyi, the new fossil is the first fossilized egg found in Antarctica. The specimen exceeds eggs of all known non-avian dinosaurs in volume and differs from them in structure. Measuring 29 by 20 cm (11.4 by 7.9 inches) and weighing 6.5 kg, it is the largest soft-shell egg ever discovered and the second-largest egg of any known animal. Although the elephant bird egg is slightly larger, its eggshell is roughly five times thicker. University of Texas at Austin paleontologist Lucas Legendre and his colleagues from the United States and Chile think that Antarcticoolithus bradyi was laid by a...
  • Eggs of Earliest Dinosaurs Had Soft, Leathery Shells

    06/21/2020 9:37:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Sci-News ^ | June 18, 2020 | News Staff / Source
    A team of paleontologists from the United States, Canada and Argentina has analyzed the fossilized eggs of two different non-avian dinosaurs, Protoceratops and Mussaurus, and found that the eggs resembled those of turtles in their microstructure, composition, and mechanical properties. They've also found that hard-shelled eggs evolved at least three times independently in the dinosaur family tree. For many years there was scant fossil evidence of dinosaur eggs, and all known examples were characterized by thick, calcified shells -- leading paleontologists to speculate that all dinosaur eggs were hard-shelled, like those of modern crocodiles and birds. "The assumption has always...
  • Paleontologist Publishes Research on Cannibalism in Dinosaurs

    06/21/2020 9:42:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville ^ | May 28, 2020 | Amanda Womac
    Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 dinosaur bones from the Jurassic Mygatt-Moore Quarry, a 152-million-year-old fossil deposit in western Colorado, looking for bite marks. They found more than they were expecting. Big theropod dinosaurs such as Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus ate pretty much everything - including each other... There were theropod bites on the large-bodied sauropods, whose gigantic bones dominate the assemblage, bites on the heavily armored Mymoorapelta, and lots of bites on theropods too, especially the common remains of Allosaurus. There were hundreds of them, in frequencies far above the norm for dinosaur-dominated fossil sites. Some were on meaty bones like...
  • Paleontologists uncover remains of a 33-FOOT long megaraptor that lived 70 million years ago and would have been one of the last carnivorous dinosaurs to roam the Earth

    05/20/2020 11:56:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 20, 2020 | Stacy Liberatore
    Paleontologists have uncovered the remains of megaraptor that lived 70 million years ago, making it one of the last carnivorous dinosaur to roam the Earth. Discovered in Argentina, the team found vertebrae, ribs and part of what would have been the dinosaur's chest and shoulder girdle. After a further analysis, they determined the creature was approximately 33 feet in length -the largest megaraptor found to date. Unlike the Tyrannosaurus rex, this lethal dinosaur had extremely long, muscular arms with massive claws at the end that were used to attack prey.
  • Tyrannosaurus species named 'Reaper of Death' found in Canada

    02/12/2020 9:25:04 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 11 February 2020 | BBC
    A new species of tyrannosaur that stalked North America around 80 million years ago has been discovered by scientists in Canada. The dinosaur lived in the late Cretaceous Period, making it the oldest known tyrannosaur from North America. Another species of tyrannosaur, a Daspletosaurus, was found in Canada in 1970, a study says. Researchers say the new discovery has given them insights into the evolution of tyrannosaurs. Standing roughly 8ft (2.4m) tall, the predator would have cut an intimidating figure. Like its tyrannosaur relatives, the carnivorous dinosaur had a long, deep snout, bumps on its skull and large steak-knife-like teeth...
  • Is the Bible right? Newly discovered fossils show snakes had legs

    11/24/2019 6:41:04 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 50 replies
    J Post ^ | NOVEMBER 24, 2019 | ROSSELLA TERCATIN
    A new study published in Science Advances on Thursday has shed light on the life of ancient legged snakes. The Biblical story of the forbidden fruit – which discusses how the snake persuaded Eve to taste it, and howshe and Adam, who also ate from it, were subsequently banned from the Garden of Eden by God – is probably one of the most well-known narratives in the history of humankind. As described in Genesis, the snake also received divine punishment. “You will crawl on your belly and eat dirt all the days of your life,” God tells the serpent, implying...
  • Dozens of dinosaur footprints reveal ancient ecosystem of Alaskan Peninsula

    11/03/2019 3:44:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 30, 2019 | PLOS
    Abundant dinosaur footprints in Alaska reveal that high-latitude hadrosaurs preferred tidally influenced habitats... Dinosaur fossils are well-known from Alaska, most famously from areas like Denali National Park and the North Slope, but there are very few records of dinosaurs from the Alaskan Peninsula in the southwest part of the state. In this study, Fiorillo and colleagues document abundant dinosaur trackways from Aniakchak National Monument, around 670km southwest of Anchorage. The trackways were preserved in the Chignik Formation, a series of coastal sediment deposits dating back to the Late Cretaceous Period around 66 million years ago. Survey work from 2001-2002 and...
  • Scientists Have Implanted Memories Into Bird Brains

    10/04/2019 7:30:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    newsweek ^ | 10/3/19 | Hannah Osborne
    Roberts...Wenchan Zhao, Francisco Garcia-Oscos and Daniel Dinh, used "optogenetic manipulation"—where light is used to monitor and control brain activity—to guide the learning of songs. They controlled the interactions between two regions of the brain in order to create memories of syllables of a song—the length of a note corresponded to the length of light exposure. As a result, they guided the learning of the zebra finch with these implanted memories. Roberts said they did not implant the song—just the length of the syllables. This is just one pathway involved in vocalizations. If they can uncover the other circuits that control...
  • Deep-Sea Dinosaur Fossil Buries Evolution

    08/07/2019 3:37:44 PM PDT · by fishtank · 70 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 8-1-19 | Tim Clarey, Ph.D., and James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    Deep-Sea Dinosaur Fossil Buries Evolution Tim Clarey, Ph.D., and James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. Aug. 1, 2019 Oil and gas explorations have found sedimentary deposits so massive and so far offshore that secular science has no satisfactory explanation for their occurrence.1 Marine rock exposures have also revealed numerous land fossils washed great distances out to sea.2,3 Drilling off the coast of Norway has even pulled up a core containing dinosaur bone.4 Although these discoveries baffle uniformitarian scientists, they are not an issue for Flood geologists.
  • Mysterious new lizard found inside 125-million-year-old flying dinosaur

    07/11/2019 6:36:06 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com/science ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
    FoxNews.com/science ^ | 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...
  • Skeleton of ancient 'birdman' shaman wearing a costume made from BEAKS...

    05/30/2019 4:00:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 29 May 2019 | Will Stewart and Ian Randall
    Researcher Lilia Kobeleva of the Novosibirsk Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and colleagues unearthed the finds at the Ust-Tartas archaeological site in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia. 'The beaks were assembled at the back of the skull, along the neck, as if it was a collar that protected the owner when he lived here,' Ms Kobeleva told the Siberian Times. Alternatively, the beaks — of which there are estimated to be between around 30 and 50 — may have been part of a ritual costume, or an elaborate headdress or piece of armour. The beaks will take months to painstakingly...
  • Cassowary kills man at farm near Alachua

    04/13/2019 4:53:18 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 109 replies
    Gainsville.com ^ | 13 April 2019 | C Swriko
    The large, flightless birds, with dagger-like claws, are considered the world’s most dangerous. “He was doing what he loved,” she said, adding that she did not want to talk anymore. "The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour) through the dense forest underbrush.” “It looks like it was accidental. My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked,”
  • 110-million-year-old bird fossil found with egg inside

    03/20/2019 1:32:52 PM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Mar 20, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    The find, made in 110-million-year-old deposits in northwest China, is of a new species known as Avimaia schweitzerae and the fossil has been described as "incredibly well preserved." The new species belongs to the group known as Enantiornithes, which were fairly common in the Cretaceous period, living alongside dinosaurs. However, the fossilized egg may have resulted in the death of the so-called mother bird, researchers said. "The egg shell consists of two layers instead of one as in normal healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen," Dr. Alida Bailleul said in comments obtained by...
  • Our Jurassic Chickens Are Bigger Than Yours

    03/16/2019 7:18:45 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-16-19 | MOTUS
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. – George Orwell I confess, I’ve been a little upset ever since I saw the picture of the sheep comforting the sheepdog that had been injured by a wolf threatening his flock. I felt a little better after seeing the collars the dogs wear for protection against wolf attacks but it was still unsettling, thinking about the price our protectors pay. And I thought, what if we all joined with the sheepdog in fighting our foe? Wouldn’t the wolf...
  • New oviraptorosaur species discovered in Mongolia

    02/16/2019 4:24:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Eurekalert, PLOS ^ | February 6th, 2019 | Sungjin Lee
    A new oviraptorosaur species from the Late Cretaceous was discovered in Mongolia... Oviraptorosaurs were a diverse group of feathered, bird-like dinosaurs from the Cretaceous of Asia and North America. Despite the abundance of nearly complete oviraptorosaur skeletons discovered in southern China and Mongolia, the diet and feeding strategies of these toothless dinosaurs are still unclear. In this study, Lee and colleagues described an incomplete skeleton of an oviraptorosaur found in the Nemegt Formation of the Gobi desert of Mongolia. The new species, named Gobiraptor minutus, can be distinguished from other oviraptorosaurs in having unusual thickened jaws. This unique morphology suggests...
  • Following the last Neanderthals: Mammal tracks in Late Pleistocene coastal dunes of Gibraltar

    02/16/2019 12:18:51 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Gibraltar National Museum ^ | February 12, 2019 | admin
    The prestigious international journal Quaternary Science Reviews has just published a paper which has involved the participation of Gibraltarian scientists from the Gibraltar National Museum alongside colleagues from Spain, Portugal and Japan. The results which have been published come from an area of the Catalan Bay Sand Dune. This work started ten years ago, when the first dates using the OSL method were obtained. It is then that the first traces of footprints left by vertebrates were found. In subsequent years the successive natural collapse of sand has revealed further material and has permitted a detailed study including new dates....