Tag Archives: fossil

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

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New fossil pushes back physical evidence of insect pollination to 99 million years ago

Researchers have pushed back the first-known physical evidence of insect flower pollination to 99 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous period. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fossil suggests apes, old world monkeys moved in opposite directions from shared ancestor

In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys — a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques — are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study suggests that as far as … Continue reading

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Survival strategy found in living corals which was only seen in fossil records

Some corals can recover after massive mortality episodes caused by the water temperature rise. This survival mechanism in the marine environment — known as rejuvenation — had only been described in some fossil corals so far. A new study reveals … Continue reading

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Examining age, sustainability of fossil aquifers in Arabian Peninsula

What does the presence of 1,000 year old water mean for the future of water supplies under the desert regions of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates? New research has sought to identify how much … Continue reading

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fossil fish gives new insights into evolution after end-Cretaceous mass extinction

An international research team has discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species. The find provides new insights into the evolution of these animals and sheds light on the recovery of … Continue reading

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What color were fossil animals?

Scientists have evaluated fossil color reconstruction methods and proposed a new study framework that improves and expands current practice. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Rare 10 million-year-old fossil unearths new view of human evolution

Near an old mining town in Central Europe, known for its picturesque turquoise-blue quarry water, lay Rudapithecus. For 10 million years, the fossilized ape waited in Rudabánya, Hungary, to add its story to the origins of how humans evolved. What … Continue reading

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mysterious Jurassic crocodile identified 250 years after fossil find

A prehistoric crocodile that lived around 180 million years ago has been identified — almost 250 years after the discovery of it fossil remains. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment