Monthly Archives: March 2019

First-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine dinosaur found on Alaska’s North Slope

Paleontologists have discovered the first-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine (crested ‘duck-billed’ dinosaur) from the Arctic — part of the skull of a lambeosaurine dinosaur from the Liscomb Bonebed (71-68 Ma) found on Alaska’s North Slope. The discovery proves for the … Continue reading

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Arctic warming contributes to drought

According to new research, changes similar to those after the ice age 10,000 years ago could be in store today because a warming Arctic weakens the temperature difference between the tropics and the poles. This, in turn, results in less … Continue reading

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Deep time tracking devices: Fossil barnacles reveal prehistoric whale migrations

Long-distance migrations are common for large whales, but when in their evolutionary past did whales begin to migrate and why? Scientists looked for these answers in fossil whale barnacles. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mystery shrouding oldest animal fossils solved

Scientists have discovered that 558 million-year-old Dickinsonia fossils do not reveal all of the features of the earliest known animals, which potentially had mouths and guts. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Paleontologists report world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex

Paleontologists have just reported the world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. The 13-metre-long T. rex, nicknamed ‘Scotty,’ lived in prehistoric Saskatchewan 66 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Half-a-billion-year-old fossil reveals the origins of comb jellies

One of the ocean’s little known carnivores has been allocated a new place in the evolutionary tree of life after scientists discovered its unmistakable resemblance with other sea-floor dwelling creatures. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient birds out of the egg running

Using their own laser imaging technology, scientists have determined the lifestyle of a special hatchling bird by revealing the previously unknown feathering preserved in the fossil specimen found in the ~125 million-year-old Early Cretaceous fossil beds of Los Hoyas, Spain. … Continue reading

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Hepatitis B virus sheds light on ancient human population movements into Australia

Australian researchers have used hepatitis B virus genome sequences to deduce that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59,000 years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mammals’ unique arms started evolving before the dinosaurs existed

One of the things that makes mammals special is our diverse forelimbs — bat wings, whale flippers, gibbon arms, and cheetah legs have evolved to do different, specialized tasks. Scientists wanted to see where this mammalian trait started evolving, so … Continue reading

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Rukwa Rift Basin Project names new Cretaceous mammal from East African Rift System

Researchers announced a new species of mammal from the Age of Dinosaurs, representing the most complete mammal from the Cretaceous Period of continental Africa, and providing tantalizing insights into the past diversity of mammals on the planet. Paleontology News — … Continue reading

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