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Old February 18th, 2019 #141
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Old November 21st, 2019 #142
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Dragon-like reptiles with huge heads and ‘steak knife’ teeth lived before the dinosaurs


20 November 2019

Scientists have been studying the heads of ancient predators to find out more about life before the dinosaurs.

About 250 million years ago, reptiles called erythrosuchids - loosely translated as 'red crocodiles' - flourished. These reptiles had huge heads and powerful jaws, and included the largest land predators to have lived on Earth by that time.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/...ife-teeth.html
 
Old December 11th, 2019 #143
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Even dinosaurs had lice, fossils entombed in amber reveal


Dec. 10, 2019

As most parents of small children know, lice are survival artists, skilled at avoiding detection and spreading to new hosts. And now it’s clear they’ve had plenty of practice. New fossils found in amber reveal the insects have been around for at least 100 million years, when they feasted on feathered dinosaurs.

The find “is very, very cool and very exciting for the louse community,” says Julie Allen, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Nevada in Reno who was not involved with the work. “Having an actual fossil—and not only this old, but feeding on feathers? That’s spectacular.”

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019...d-amber-reveal
 
Old December 11th, 2019 #144
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Giant penguin species, cousin to the 'monster penguin', discovered at over one metre tall


Dec 10 2019

An ancient giant penguin species has been discovered to have been living on the Chatham Islands.

The ancient penguin species, Kupoupou stilwelli, shared the seas with other ancient penguin species recently discovered on the South Island's east coast.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/...one-metre-tall
 
Old December 20th, 2019 #145
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The World's Oldest Fossil Forest Was Just Found in New York, And It's Magnificent


20 DEC 2019

A slice of the world's oldest fossilised forest has been found cemented into the ground at an abandoned quarry in Cairo, New York.

Discovered by chance in 2009, these extremely rare webs of fossilised roots, some of which are nearly 11 metres (36 ft) wide, mark the spot where some of the first woody trees once stood.

https://www.sciencealert.com/scienti...silised-forest
 
Old December 20th, 2019 #146
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A 'Jackalope' of an ancient spider fossil deemed a hoax, unmasked as a crayfish


Dec 19, 2019

Earlier this year, a remarkable new fossil specimen was unearthed in the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China by area fossil hunters—possibly a huge ancient spider species, as yet unknown to science.

The locals sold the fossil to scientists at the Dalian Natural History Museum in Liaoning, China, who published a description of the fossil species in Acta Geologica Sinica, the peer-reviewed journal of the Geological Society of China. The Chinese team gave the spider the scientific name Mongolarachne chaoyangensis.

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-jackal...il-deemed.html
 
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Lizard-Like Fossil May Represent 306-Million-Year-Old Evidence of Animal Parenting


Dec 23, 2019

The first fossil was so stunning that Brian Hebert nearly missed the second.

Tucked into the stump of a 300-million-year-old tree was a neat line of vertebrae, sprouting a series of delicate, wispy ribs. A smattering of belly scales freckled the space below, paving a path to a pelvis and a pair of petite thigh bones. These were the first known remains of Dendromaia unamakiensis, an early land-dwelling vertebrate that likely resembled a foot-long monitor lizard.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scien...are-180973833/
 
Old December 28th, 2019 #148
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Schoolgirl finds 41,000-year-old lemming buried in permafrost


28 Dec 2019

The preserved remains of the world’s oldest lemming have been found in Siberian permafrost by a school student.

Angelina Sadovnikova was just 11 years old when she came across the mummified Pleistocene rodent under a river cliff.

The Ice Age herbivore was found with broken thigh bones and is thought to have to have fallen to its death.

Experts say its a myth that lemmings rush to jump off cliffs, but the reason behind this furry critter’s demise is unknown.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/28/schoo...3/?ito=cbshare
 
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100 million years in amber: Researchers discover oldest fossilized slime mold


Jan 8, 2020

Most people associate the idea of creatures trapped in amber with insects or spiders, which are preserved lifelike in fossil tree resin. An international research team of palaeontologists and biologists from the Universities of Göttingen and Helsinki, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York has now discovered the oldest slime mould identified to date. The fossil is about 100 million years old and is exquisitely preserved in amber from Myanmar. The results have been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-millio...ossilized.html
 
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Flying Dinosaur found in China but this species grew up differently from birds


Jan 16, 2020

A group of Chinese and American researchers found a huge cache of 200 fossilized eggs belonging to an entirely new species of feathered dinosaur in China. The giant predators, believed to have been wiped out in an asteroid impact almost 66 million years ago, still provide a peak into the weather conditions of the ancient period and how the animals evolved over a period of time.

https://www.ibtimes.sg/dinosaur-foss...ly-birds-37748
 
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330-million-year-old shark head discovered in Kentucky


Feb 1, 2020

The region now known as Kentucky was once home to sharks, according to a new discovery. Researchers have discovered the remains of up to 20 prehistoric sharks in the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, a recent announcement has revealed. Among the findings was the 330-million-year-old head of a massive shark preserved in the cave’s wall; its teeth are protruding from the limestone.

https://www.slashgear.com/330-millio...ucky-01608259/
 
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Historic haul of Australian amber fossils includes ants, spiders and fornicating flies


April 3, 2020

At least this pair did — until they were suffocated in a glob of tree resin around 40 million years ago.

These flies are locked in amorous embrace, looking just the way they did when they died.

They are part of giant haul of the oldest fossilised resin, or amber, to be found in the Southern Hemisphere, according to researchers whose findings are published today in the journal Scientific Reports.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/...ralia/12114292
 
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Egg from Antarctica is Big and Might Belong to an Extinct Sea Lizard


June 17, 2020

In 2011, Chilean scientists discovered a mysterious fossil in Antarctica that looked like a deflated football. For nearly a decade, the specimen sat unlabeled and unstudied in the collections of Chile’s National Museum of Natural History, with scientists identifying it only by its sci-fi movie-inspired nickname – “The Thing.”

http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/news/2020/...ct-sea-lizard/
 
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Fossils of 'big boned' marsupial shed light on wombat evolution


June 26, 2020

Fossils of a huge, hairy creature with shovel-shaped hands and unusual teeth could hold clues to the evolution of today’s wombats, researchers say.

They say the fossils belong to a new member of a group of marsupials called vombatiforms, and one of the earliest such creatures yet discovered.

“Vombatiforms is this really interesting group; the only living members are the koala and the [three living species of] wombats,” said Dr Robin Beck, the first author of the study, from the University of Salford in the UK.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/...tion-mukupirna
 
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Giant sea scorpions were the underwater titans of prehistoric Australia


July 3, 2020

Let’s turn back the hands of time. Before extinction knocked dinosaurs off their pillar, before the “Great Dying” extinction wiped out 95% of all organisms – we had the Paleozoic Era.

During this age in Earth’s history, between 541 million and 252 million years ago, arthropods (animals with exoskeletons such as insects, crustaceans, scorpions, and horseshoe crabs) were exploring the extremes of size, from tiny to huge.

https://theconversation.com/giant-se...stralia-141290
 
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