Tag Archives: Jurassic

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

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Filter-feeding pterosaurs were the flamingos of the Late Jurassic

Modern flamingos employ filter feeding and their feces are, as a result, rich in remains of microscopically-small aquatic prey. Very similar contents have been found in more than 150-million-year-old pterosaur droppings. This represents the first direct evidence of filter-feeding in … Continue reading

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Jurassic fossil shows how early mammals could swallow like their modern descendants

The 165-million-year-old fossil of Microdocodon gracilis, a tiny, shrew-like animal, shows the earliest example of modern hyoid bones in mammal evolution. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Jurassic shift: Changing the rules of evolution

Is the success of species mainly dependent on environmental factors such as climate changes or do interactions between the species have a greater role to play? A study has investigated this question in more detail. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Jurassic crocodile discovery sheds light on reptiles’ family tree

A 150 million-year-old fossil has been identified as a previously unseen species of ancient crocodile that developed a tail fin and paddle-like limbs for life in the sea. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Spectacular flying reptiles soared over Britain’s tropical Jurassic past

Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Soft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage

An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur from the Jurassic (180 million years ago) reveals that these animals were … Continue reading

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Ledumahadi mafube: South Africa’s new jurassic giant

A new species of a giant dinosaur has been found in South Africa’s Free State Province. The plant-eating dinosaur, named Ledumahadi mafube, weighed 12 tons and stood about four meters high at the hips. Ledumahadi mafube was the largest land … Continue reading

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Jurassic diet: Why our knowledge of what ancient pterosaurs ate might be wrong

Research reveals knowledge of prehistoric diets is often based on outdated ideas and could be inaccurate. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Red tide fossils point to Jurassic sea flood

Dinosaur-age fossilized remains of tiny organisms normally found in the sea have been discovered in inland, arid Australia — suggesting the area was, for a short time at least, inundated by sea water 40 million years before Australia’s large inland … Continue reading

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