Monthly Archives: December 2019

Fossils of the future to mostly consist of humans, domestic animals

A paleontologist argues that the fossil record of mammals will provide a clear signal of the Anthropocene era. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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A ‘Jackalope’ of an ancient spider fossil deemed a hoax, unmasked as a crayfish

A team used fluorescence microscopy to analyze the supposed spider and differentiate what parts of the specimen were fossilized organism, and which parts were potentially doctored. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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385-million-year-old forest discovered

While sifting through fossil soils in the Catskill region near Cairo, New York, researchers uncovered the extensive root system of 385-million-year-old trees that already appeared to have leaves and wood. The finding is the first piece of evidence that the … Continue reading

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Researchers determine age for last known settlement by a direct ancestor to modern humans

An international team of researchers has determined the age of the last known settlement of the species Homo erectus, one of modern humans’ direct ancestors. The site is called Ngandong, on the Indonesian island Java. The team dated animal fragments … Continue reading

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Fossil shells reveal both global mercury contamination and warming when dinosaurs perished

The impact of an asteroid or comet is acknowledged as the principal cause of the mass extinction that killed off most dinosaurs and about three-quarters of the planet’s plant and animal species 66 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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When penguins ruled after dinosaurs died

The newly described Kupoupou stilwelli has been found near New Zealand’s South Island and it appears to be the oldest penguin known with proportions close to its modern relatives. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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A new early whale, Aegicetus gehennae, and the evolution of modern whale locomotion

A newly discovered fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale locomotion. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales’ gigantic size

Scientists collected data from hundreds of feeding whales, allowing them to determine how much energy species of different sizes invest to capture their prey and which of these species reap the greatest rewards for their efforts. Their findings reveal that … Continue reading

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Canadian tundra formerly covered in rich forest: Ancient plant fossil record shows

Canada’s northernmost islands, Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg islands in Nunavut, were home to a vibrant, temperate forest 56 million years ago, according to fossil research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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12 Days of Minerals

This year we are doing something special and every day for 12 days we will be showcasing a new website specimen! Day 1: Beryl, var. Emerald Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Day 6: Day 7: Day 8: … Continue reading

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