Monthly Archives: March 2018

Short-faced bears, largest carnivores in the Ice Age, became omnivores to survive

Based on the analysis of fossil teeth, a study shows that short-faced bears (Arctodus simus), the largest carnivores in the Ice Age, became omnivores to survive. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Fossils highlight Canada-Russia connection 53 million years ago

A new 53 million-year-old insect fossil called a scorpionfly discovered at B.C.’s McAbee fossil bed site bears a striking resemblance to fossils of the same age from Pacific-coastal Russia, giving further evidence of an ancient Canada-Russia connection. Paleontology News — … Continue reading

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New standards for ancient protein studies set forth by multi-national group of researchers

A team of researchers from institutions at the leading edge of the new field of palaeoproteomics have published guidelines to provide it with a firm foundation. Ancient proteins are used to study everything from extinct species to ancient human diets … Continue reading

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Decade of fossil collecting gives new perspective on Triassic period, emergence of dinosaurs

A project spanning countries, years and institutions has attempted to reconstruct what the southern end of the world looked like during the Triassic period, 252 to 199 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mass extinction with prior warning

Mass extinctions throughout the history of the Earth have been well documented. Scientists believe that they occurred during a short period of time in geological terms. In a new study, paleobiologists have now shown that signs that the largest mass … Continue reading

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Northerners have always been hardy!

Pioneering early people who lived at the end of the last ice age actually carried on with life as usual despite plummeting temperatures, a study at a world-famous archaeological site in North Yorkshire suggests. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Crystallography used to analyze fossils and assign them to microscopic organisms

Blue-green algae are one of the oldest organisms in the world and have an important role to play in many ecosystems on Earth. However, it has always been difficult to identify fossils as blue-green algae without any trace of doubt. … Continue reading

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Two-billion-year-old salt rock reveals rise of oxygen in ancient atmosphere

Salts left over from ancient seawater reveal new information about the oxygenation of the Earth’s atmosphere more than 2 billion years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Paleontologists put the bite on an ancient reptile from New England

Scientists have identified a new species of reptile from prehistoric Connecticut and, boy, does it have a mouth on it. Named Colobops noviportensis, the creature lived 200 million years ago and had exceptionally large jaw muscles — setting it apart … Continue reading

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The curse of zombie fossils

New research has revealed how the history of life can be distorted by the ways animals decompose and lose body parts as they decay — and the ways in which decayed bodies ultimately become fossilized. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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