Monthly Archives: November 2019

Dinosaur skull turns paleontology assumptions on their head

A team of researchers has unearthed a well-preserved Styracosaurus skull — and its facial imperfections have implications for how paleontologists identify new species of dinosaurs. Nicknamed Hannah, the dinosaur was a Styracosaurus — a horned dinosaur over five meters in … Continue reading

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16-million-year-old fossil shows springtails hitchhiking on winged termite

A newly reported, 16-million-year-old fossil is shedding light on how a group of tiny arthropods may have traversed the globe — by hitchhiking. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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An ancient snake’s cheekbone sheds light on evolution of modern snake skulls

Palaeontologists adds a new piece to the puzzle of snake evolution. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Only eat oysters in months with an ‘r’? Rule of thumb is at least 4,000 years old

Foodie tradition dictates only eating wild oysters during months containing the letter ‘r’ — from September to April. Now, a new study suggests people have been following this practice for at least 4,000 years. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Superfood for Mesozoic herbivores?

The long-necked, big bodied sauropod dinosaurs comprise some of the largest terrestrial vertebrates to walk the earth. These behemoths were herbivores that survived solely on plant material. There has been long speculation as to what food resources could have supported … Continue reading

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New sphenisciform fossil further resolves bauplan of extinct giant penguins

New Zealand is a key area for understanding the diversity of the extinct penguins and has even revealed the existence of ‘giant’ penguin species (larger than living penguins). A new study describes a remarkably complete giant penguin skeleton from the … Continue reading

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Early dispersal for quadrupedal cetaceans: Amphibious whale from middle Eocene

Scientists have a relatively precise idea about where whales and their closest terrestrial relatives evolved more than 50 million years ago (early Eocene), thanks to the discovery of ancient cetacean fossils in India and Pakistan. Around 45 million years ago, … Continue reading

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Lichens are way younger than scientists thought

Lichens — a combo of fungus and algae — can grow on bare rocks, so scientists thought that lichens were some of the first organisms to make their way onto land from the water, changing the planet’s atmosphere and paving … Continue reading

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NASA’s Mars 2020 will hunt for microscopic fossils

Scientists with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover have discovered what may be one of the best places to look for signs of ancient life in Jezero Crater, where the rover will land on Feb. 18, 2021. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Megadrought likely triggered the fall of the Assyrian Empire

The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt — the largest empire of its time — collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its capital, Nineveh, in 612 B.C.E. Despite … Continue reading

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