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We’re Back at the Fall West Coast Show

If you feel like taking a relaxing drive down the coast after the show, our shop is only 15 minutes away! We will have many more minerals – plus fossils, stands, shells, books, half off minerals, and other discounted items! … Continue reading

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Mammals’ complex spines are linked to high metabolisms; we’re learning how they evolved

Mammals’ backbones are weird. They’re much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first place. They discovered that the process was marked by big, … Continue reading

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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

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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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Some extinct crocs were vegetarians

Based on careful study of fossilized teeth, scientists have found that multiple ancient groups of crocodyliforms — the group including living and extinct relatives of crocodiles and alligators — were not the carnivores we know today. Evidence suggests that a … Continue reading

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First hominins on the Tibetan Plateau were Denisovans

So far Denisovans were only known from a small collection of fossil fragments from Denisova Cave in Siberia. A research team now describes a 160,000-year-old hominin mandible from Xiahe in China. Using ancient protein analysis the researchers found that the … Continue reading

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Human ancestors were ‘grounded:’ New analysis shows

African apes adapted to living on the ground, a finding that indicates human evolved from an ancestor not limited to tree or other elevated habitats. The analysis adds a new chapter to evolution, shedding additional light on what preceded human … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs were thriving before asteroid strike that wiped them out

Dinosaurs were unaffected by long-term climate changes and flourished before their sudden demise by asteroid strike, according to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Some prehistoric horses were homebodies

A strontium analysis of fossilized horse teeth from Florida found that the animals did not travel far from where they were born. Researchers also found evidence that prehistoric horses fed along the coast like wild horses do today at places … Continue reading

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Giant flightless birds were nocturnal and possibly blind

If you encountered an elephant bird today, it would be hard to miss. Measuring in at over 10 feet tall, the extinct avian is the largest bird known to science. However, while you looked up in awe, it’s likely that … Continue reading

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