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Exceptional fossils may need a breath of air to form

New research has found that a long held belief by paleontologists about the fossilization process may be wrong. The team has found that while low oxygen environments set the stage, it takes air to catalyze the fossilization process. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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Ancient animal species: Fossils dating back 550 million years among first animal trails

A geoscientist calls the unearthed fossils, including the bodies and trails left by an ancient animal species, the most convincing sign of ancient animal mobility, dating back about 550 million years. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Newly discovered Labrador fossils give clues about ancient climate

The discovery of fossilized plants in Labrador, Canada, by a team of paleontologists provides the first quantitative estimate of the area’s climate during the Cretaceous period, a time when the earth was dominated by dinosaurs. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New ‘king’ of fossils discovered in Australia

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Argentine fossils take oak and beech family history far into Southern Hemisphere

One of the world’s most important plant families has a history extending much farther south than any live or fossil specimen previously recorded, as shown by chinquapin fruit and leaf fossils unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina, according to researchers. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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Rare fossils provide more detailed picture of biodiversity during Middle Ordovician

Marine fossil specimens unearthed in northern Portugal are filling a gap in understanding evolution during the Middle Ordovician period. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and enormous piercing canine teeth, this massive … Continue reading

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Small fossils with big applications: BP Gulf of Mexico time scale

Geologic time scales are critical to understanding the timing, duration, and connection of geologic events. They are not static, and can be improved with research, integration, and refinements realized from biostratigraphic repetitive analysis. Over the past century they have proven … Continue reading

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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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Fossils of new oviraptorosaur species discovered in Mongolia

A new oviraptorosaur species from the Late Cretaceous was discovered in Mongolia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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