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Old September 13th, 2016 #81
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Starfish fossil found on mountain in Turkey's South


A starfish fossil has been found at an altitude of 1,200 meters in the southern Turkish province of Mersins Bozyazı district, Doğan News Agency has reported.

The fossil appears to prove that the Taurus Mountains were under the sea millions of years ago.

The starfish fossil was discovered in a rock, with locals saying there are many fossils of barnacles in the vicinity.

The Taurus Mountains in southern Turkey divide the Mediterranean coastal region of the country from the Central Anatolian plateau. The system extends along a curve from the Lake Eğirdir in the west to the upper reaches of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in the east.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sta...238&nid=103863
 
Old September 14th, 2016 #82
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Rare mammoth fossil surprises experts


CAMARILLO, Calif. Justin Wilkins knelt in the dirt, popping a tiny piece of charcoal out of a carved-out bank.

Part of a team of paleontologists and archaeologists, Wilkins spent the past week on Santa Rosa Island uncovering what might be a link in the evolution of a long-extinct mammoth.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...ound/90380490/
 
Old September 18th, 2016 #83
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Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created

Reconstruction is based on studies of a spectacular fossil from China, preserved with skin and pigments intact


Forty researchers elbow their way to the front of the room. They whip out their cameras and mobile phones like palaeontological-paparazzi, and start snapping. Others hang back, hands on chins, to take in the animal standing on the table-top from different angles. They dispense approving nods, and converge to discuss their conclusions in hushed tones.

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Old September 29th, 2016 #84
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Strange reptile fossil puzzles scientists


A 200-million-year-old reptile is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world.

Newly discovered fossils suggest Drepanosaurus had huge hooked claws to dig insects from bark, much like today's anteaters in the forests of Central and South America.

Scientists say the creature defies the convention on how reptiles evolved and flourished.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37496672
 
Old October 13th, 2016 #85
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Fossil sheds light on evolution of birdsong


Scientists have reconstructed the "voicebox" of an extinct bird that lived at the time of the dinosaurs.

The bird may have honked, quacked or whistled, like a duck or goose.

Investigation of the oldest-known fossil of a bird's vocal organ - the syrinx - gives clues to how birdsong Evolved.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37618314


 
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180-million-year-old relative of vampire squid unearthed at newly-discovered Jurassic fossil bed

Many of the specimens found at the site are incredibly rare, with soft body parts preserved including bones.


Researchers have stumbled across a treasure trove of fossils from the Early Jurassic period in south-west Alberta, Canada, including a relative of the vampire squid and what could be a new species of lobster.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/180-million...il-bed-1603301
 
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Fossil shows new fish species that looked, ate like shark, scientists say


A fossil found in northeastern Nevada shows a newly discovered fish species that scientists believe looked, and ate, like a shark.

The fossil is what remains of a bony, sharp-toothed fish that would have been about six-feet-long (1.83 meters) with long jaws and layers of sharp teeth.

The type of jaw and teeth on the fish suggest it would have chomped down on its prey before swallowing it whole, like a shark, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fossil-s...rk-scientists/
 
Old August 10th, 2017 #88
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It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a prehistoric gliding mammal


In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such a perilous neighborhood early mammals had succeeded in going airborne.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-s...-idUSKBN1AP2EP
 
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'Sea dragon' fossil is 'largest on record'


The fossil of a marine reptile ''re-discovered'' in a museum is the largest of its kind on record, say scientists.

The ''sea dragon'' belongs to a group that swam the world's oceans 200 million years ago, while dinosaurs walked the land.

The specimen is the largest Ichthyosaurus to be described, at more than three metres long.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41012226
 
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Ancient whales were fearsome predators with razor-sharp teeth, fossil analysis shows


The ancestors of today's gentle giants of the ocean were equipped with the razor-sharp teeth of a fearsome predator and could have hunted seals and penguins, rather than the tiny krill they eat today, scientists say.

The findings feed into the puzzle about how modern Mysticeti whales, which include blue, humpback and right whales, came to evolve bristle-like structures baleen that allow them to filter food from the water.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2...-teeth/8852578
 
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Half-a-billion year old worm fossils shed new light on animal evolution


Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on earth.

The international team, including palaeontologists from The University of Manchester, found a new set of trace fossils left by some of the first ever organisms capable of active movement. Trace fossils are the tracks and burrows left by living organisms, not physical remains such as bones or body parts.

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover...mal-evolution/
 
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New species of ferocious mega crocodile discovered in 95-million-year-old fossil


A huge crocodile relative from the Cretaceous Period is an entirely new species, scientists have said. The beast was 20ft long and roamed what is now the southern US at the time of T. rex.

The fossil was first discovered in Arlington, Texas, by local Austin Motheral, who was 15 at the time. A group of amateur fossil hunters and volunteers, working with palaeontologists at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, then worked for 10 years to excavate the bones.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/new-species...fossil-1639403
 
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Klondike placer miner makes rare discovery of extinct muskox skull


A placer gold miner in Yukon's Klondike region has found a rare for-the-Yukon helmeted muskox skull and horns.

Stuart Schmidt was using a machine to dig a drainage ditch at his operation on a creek in the Indian River valley, south of Dawson City, on Monday when he noticed what he thought was the tip of a bison horn sticking out of the muck.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...kull-1.4290440
 
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Celebrity fossil reveals all for science


With the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of sciences most well-known fossil species; Agnostus pisiformis. The trilobite-like arthropod lived in huge numbers in Scandinavia a half-billion years ago. Today, this extinct species provides important clues for science in several ways.

http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/arti...ll-for-science
 
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New giant marine reptile species from the Early Jurassic found

"Arminisaurus is significant because it dates from a timeframe early in the Jurassic, during which we have very few identifiable plesiosaur fossils," said researcher Benjamin Kear.


A team of German and Swedish scientists have identified a new long-necked marine reptile species of the early Jurassic.


The 190 million-year-old bones were first discovered in the early 1990s, but only recently identified. The species was an relative of pliosaurids, a group of super predator plesiosaurs that dominated the oceans during the Jurassic period.

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/201...6761505481338/
 
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Study: Earliest Trilobites Had Stomachs


Exceptionally well-preserved trilobite fossils from the Cambrian Wulongqing Formation near Guangwei Village in southern Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province of China, contradict previous assumptions about trilobite digestive systems.

http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology...chs-05251.html
 
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Fatty bird gland preserved over 48 million years


A team of researchers from the U.S., Ireland, Germany and the U.K. has found evidence of preservation of a fatty oil gland from a 48-million-year-old fossilized bird. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes where the fossil was found, how it was tested and what their findings might mean for other fossilized bird remains.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-fatty-...years.html#jCp
 
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