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  • New dinosaur species found buried by volcanic eruption in China

    04/07/2021 1:32:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    9 News ^ | September 21, 2020 | CNN
    "These animals were quickly covered by fine sediment while they were still alive or just after their death," palaeontologist Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, said.The scientist said that the effect would be very similar to what happened in Pompeii.The new species was named Changmiania liaoningensis, according to the news release.Changmian means "eternal sleep" in Chinese.Scientists deduce that the ornithopod lived during the Cretaceous period and that it was a small herbivore that could run very fast, based on the length of its tail and its leg composition. It was about 1.2 metres long.
  • A Fossil Spider Discovery Just Turned Out to Be a Crayfish With Some Legs Painted On

    12/28/2019 10:22:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 59 replies
    ScienceAlert ^ | Friday, December 20, 2019 | Michelle Starr
    When scientists at the Dalian Natural History Museum in China copped a load of a fossil unearthed in the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation, they couldn't believe their eyes. The eight-legged beastie looked like nothing anyone had seen before. Exceptionally preserved. They described it as a new spider, publishing their analysis in the journal Acta Geologica Sinica, and named the species Mongolarachne chaoyangensis. There was just one problem: the fossil was a big old fake. The cunning ruse was discovered by invertebrate paleontologist Paul Selden of the University of Kansas, whose spidey senses started tingling when he got his hands on...
  • Jaw-Dropping Fossil Find Contains a Dinosaur Sitting on an Entire Clutch of Eggs

    03/10/2021 9:22:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 10 MARCH 2021 | CARLY CASSELLA
    Restoration (white indicates bones preserved in the adult skeleton). (Bi et al., Science Bulletin, 2020) ============================================================ An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of an extraordinary fossilized nest in China, preserving at least eight separate dinosaurs from 70 million years ago. The clutch of ancient eggs belongs to a medium-sized adult oviraptor, and we know that because the parent is actually part of the fossil. The skeleton of this ostrich-like theropod is positioned in a crouch over two dozen eggs, at least seven of which were on the brink of hatching and still contain embryos inside. The ancient...
  • Chinese Boy, 6, Hailed for Dinosaur Footprint Discovery

    01/31/2021 11:59:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 31, 2021 | HUANG ZHILING
    Yang Zheyu, a 6-year-old kindergarten student in Chengdu, Sichuan province, is a celebrity. In his English and painting classes outside his kindergarten, strangers recognise him. When he walks through the residential quarter where he and his parents live, neighbors ask for his autograph. That's because the media have hailed him as the country's youngest discoverer of dinosaur footprints. Zheyu, who was born in December 2014, visited his maternal grandfather's home in Tongjiang county with his parents during the seven-day National Day holiday last year to see "strange footprints". His grandfather, Gou Taixiang, 56, a doctor, had told Zheyu that footprints...
  • Perfect 215-million-year-old dinosaur print found by girl, 4, on Welsh beach

    01/29/2021 9:40:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 29 JAN 2021 | Owen Wakefield
    “The finest impression of a 215-million-year-old dinosaur print found in Britain in a decade”A four-year-old girl has stunned paelontologists after finding an “internationally important” dinosaur footprint on a trip to the supermarket. Lily Wilder, from Llandough, was walking along the coast between Barry and Sully with her father Richard when she spotted what experts from Archaeology Cymru are calling “the finest impression of a 215 million-year-old dinosaur print found in Britain in a decade”. The perfect print, which her family initially thought may have been created by an artist, was left by a small bipedal dinosaur. Experts call this type...
  • DINOSAURS and the Gravity Problem

    10/19/2007 1:56:26 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies · 1,391+ views
    The Anomolist ^ | Summer 1994 | by Ted Holden
    Scientists delight in devising explanations for the great dinosaur extinctions. But there are several questions which they have failed to even ask, much less tried to answer. Why, for instance, in all of the time claimed to have passed since the dinosaur extinctions, has nothing ever re-evolved to the sizes of the large dinosaurs? If such sizes worked for creatures which ruled the Earth for tens of millions of years, then why would not some species of elephant or rhinoceros have evolved to such a size again? What kinds of problems, if any, would sauropod sizes entail in our world...
  • Paleontologists Say Gigantic Dinosaur Bones Could Be From Largest Land Animal Ever To Walk The Earth

    01/25/2021 11:17:46 AM PST · by Red Badger · 99 replies ^ | By Joseph Curl • Jan 25, 2021
    "It's obviously still inside the rock, so we have a few more years of digging ahead of us." Paleontologists in Argentina have discovered the fossilized remains of a 98 million-year-old titanosaur that they say may be from the largest animal ever to walk the earth. A team of researchers with Naturales y Museo, Universidad de Zaragoza, and Universidad Nacional del Comahue actually found the remains in 2012, but excavation work only began in 2015, according to paleontologist Jose Luis Carballido of the Museo Egidio Feruglio. In a new report published in the journal Cretaceous Research, the group lays out what...
  • A bizarre chicken-sized dinosaur named lord of the spear is discovered in Brazil

    12/17/2020 6:31:30 AM PST · by Rakhi Sarkar · 11 replies
    archaeology-world ^ | DECEMBER 17, 2020 | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD TEAM
    With a mane of yellow and brown fur down its back and long ‘needles’ growing from its shoulders, a peacock-like elaborate dinosaur has been identified. The neck spines of the creature are rare in the fossil record and made of keratin, which is the same protein that makes up parts of our hair, nails and skin. Dubbed Ubirajara jubatus, indigenous Indian for ‘Maned Lord of the Spear’ Experts led from the University of Portsmouth believe the flamboyant spines may have been used to impress prospective mates, and that the dinosaur may have indulged in ‘elaborate dancing’ to show them off.
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Fossil Flower Found Encased in Burmese Amber

    12/23/2020 5:43:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    sci-news ^ | 12/23/2020
    The new fossil flower, named Valviloculus pleristaminis, belongs to the order Laurales, its closest affinities being with the families Monimiaceae and Atherospermataceae. The specimen of Valviloculus pleristaminis has an egg-shaped, hollow floral cup (part of the flower from which the stamens emanate); an outer layer consisting of six petal-like components known as tepals; and two-chamber anthers, with pollen sacs that split open via laterally hinged valves. It became encased in amber on the supercontinent of Gondwana and rafted on a continental plate some 6,450 km (4,000 miles) across the ocean from Australia to Southeast Asia. Geologists have been debating just...
  • Researchers Unearth the Past to Solve Ancient Mystery

    02/11/2017 9:17:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Feb 11, 2017 | Kevin Cokely
    Several complete skeletons hint at sudden, mass extinctionResearchers from the Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour are unraveling an ancient mystery. "This is life," said Coleton Caldwell, assistant director of the museum. "The first time life is living on land, solely on land, and it's still trying to figure things out, you know? What works, what doesn't work? So it's just really, really, really unique." Working southwest of Wichita Falls, near the shore of Lake Kemp in Baylor County, the researchers have uncovered the skeletal remains of seven dimetrodons. The mammal-like finback reptiles roamed parts of North Texas 60...
  • Paleontologists Surprising Discovery: Fossil Shark Turns Into Mystery Pterosaur

    11/16/2020 11:54:21 AM PST · by Red Badger · 3 replies ^ | November 15, 2020 | By University of Portsmouth UK
    Pterosaurs with these types of beaks are better known at the time period from North Africa, so it would be reasonable to assume a likeness to the North African Alanqa. Credit: Attributed to Davide Bonadonna ======================================================================= Paleontologists have made a surprising discovery while searching through 100-year-old fossil collections from the UK – a new mystery species of pterosaur, unlike anything seen before. Lead author of the project, University of Portsmouth PhD student Roy Smith, discovered the mystery creature amongst fossil collections housed in the Sedgwick Museum of Cambridge and the Booth Museum at Brighton that were assembled when phosphate mining...
  • National Park Service interns unearthed fossils of a bizarre 220-million-year-old reptile

    10/16/2020 10:20:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri October 16, 2020 | Scottie Andrew
    A peculiar, 220-million-year-old species of burrowing reptiles that evaded scientists has been found, fossilized. A team of National Park Service interns are credited with its discovery. Hidden in a once-vibrant part of Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park, the burgeoning paleontologists unearthed fossils of the Skybalonyx skapter, an "anteater-like reptile" that probably predates dinosaurs, according to findings published this month in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. It's a new species of a reptile previously thought to only live in trees. The unusual Skybalonyx skapter belongs to the group Drepanosaur, often considered the ugly duckling of reptiles (perhaps partly because they bore...
  • Scythelike jaws of Cretaceous 'hell ant' clutch a baby cockroach in an amber tomb

    08/06/2020 12:52:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Live Science ^ | 06 August 2020 | mindy Weisberger
    Around 99 million years ago, a juvenile cockroach met a hellish fate. It was snapped up by the jaws of a Cretaceous hell ant, a fierce predator with long, curving mandibles that swept up toward the top of the ant's head. Just moments later, the ant and roach were trapped in sticky sap that eventually turned to amber, providing scientists with a first glimpse of how the weird-faced ants trapped prey. The profile of a hell ant, with exaggerated upward-facing jaws that arc like the Grim Reaper's scythe, is unlike that of any ant alive today. Adding to the facial...
  • Frozen in time Ancient insects trapped in amber at the precise moment they hatched from their eggs

    12/26/2018 8:57:45 AM PST · by ETL · 21 replies
    The Sun ^ | Dec 20, 2018 | Harry Pettit, Senior Digital Technology and Science Reporter
    The rare fossils are helping scientists understand how ancient bugs hatched from their eggs The insects became trapped in the sticky resin 130million years ago, shortly after bursting through the shell – and scientists aren't sure how the creatures met their grisly fate. The amazing fossils are helping researchers understand how ancient bugs hatched and took their first steps in the ancient world. Like many modern animals, the insects used a tool known as an egg-burster to smash through the egg shell. "The structures that make hatching possible tend to disappear quickly once egg-laying animals hatch, so obtaining fossil evidence...
  • 99 million-year-old beetle found trapped in amber

    11/02/2018 7:42:10 AM PDT · by ETL · 38 replies ^ | Oct 31, 2018 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    A 99-million-year-old beetle has been found, trapped in amber, stunning scientists. The new beetle, known as Propiestus archaicus, was found in Hukawng Valley in the northern part Myanmar, near China's southern border. P. archaicus is a distant relative of today's rove beetles, found in South America and the southern part of Arizona, revealing that the continents shifted rapidly millions of years ago to what we now see today. "This is a very rare find," Shuhei Yamamoto said, a Field Museum researcher and lead author of a paper in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, said in a statement. Thanks to the...
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Snake Hatchling Found Encased in Burmese Amber

    08/12/2018 9:05:43 AM PDT · by ETL · 23 replies ^ | Jul 19, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    The newly-reported specimen was obtained from an amber deposit in the Angbamo area in Myanmar’s Kachin province.The fossil is a 1.6-inch (4.75 cm) long postcranial skeleton made up of 97 vertebrae; the snake’s head is missing. It dates from the Late Cretaceous epoch, approximately 99 million years ago.“This snake, named Xiaophis myanmarensis, is linked to ancient snakes from Argentina, Africa, India and Australia,” said University of Alberta’s Professor Michael Caldwell.“It is an important — and until now, missing — component of understanding snake evolution from southern continents, that is Gondwana, in the mid-Mesozoic.” “At 99 million years old, it dates...
  • Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilized in Amber

    07/14/2017 12:18:02 PM PDT · by ETL · 44 replies
    NatGeo ^ | June 7, 2017 | Kristin Romey
    The 99-million-year-old hatchling from the Cretaceous Period is the best preserved of its kind The remains of a baby bird from the time of the dinosaurs have been discovered in a specimen of 99-million-year-old amber, according to scientists writing in the journal Gondwana Research. The hatchling belonged to a major group of birds known as enantiornithes, which went extinct along with dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago. Funded in part by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, this discovery is providing critical new information about these ancient, toothed birds and how they differed...
  • BLM rioters tear down statue of dinosaur in the name of social justice

    08/27/2020 10:16:21 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 61 replies ^ | James Anthony August 26, 2020
    Two days ago, BLM protestors managed to pull down the statue of a dinosaur which was gracing the area outside the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum.It is unclear as to why the mob decided to take its rage out on the dinosaur statue, but it can be seen damaged and defeated outside the museum, perhaps in testament to misplaced anger that is all too common these days.
  • Malignant bone cancer found in ancient dinosaur fossil

    08/04/2020 12:36:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 4, 2020 / 8:53 AM | By Brooks Hays
    Using CT scans, researchers discovered a malignant bone cancer in the fibula of a horned dinosaur that lived 75 million years ago. Photo by Royal Ontario Museum/McMaster University =========================================================================== Aug. 4 (UPI) -- For the first time, scientists have diagnosed a dinosaur with osteosarcoma, an aggressive, malignant bone cancer, according to a study published in The Lancet Oncology. The tumor was found on the fibula, or lower leg bone, of a Centrosaurus apertus specimen, a plant-eating, horned dinosaur that lived 75 million years ago. Shortly after its original discovery in Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta in 1989, paleontologists misdiagnosed the...
  • Scientists revive 100 million-year-old microbes from the sea

    07/28/2020 7:25:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The tiny organisms had survived in the South Pacific seabed - in sediment that is poor in nutrients, but has enough oxygen to allow them to live. Microbes are among the earth's simplest organisms, and some can live in extreme environments where more developed life forms cannot survive. After incubation by the scientists, the microbes began to eat and multiply. Professor and study co-author Steven D'Hondt, from the University of Rhode Island, said the microbes came from the oldest samples taken from the seabed. "In the oldest sediment we've drilled, with the least amount of food, there are still living...