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Image 1 - Researchers Find New Species Of Ancient Predatory Fish
2011-09-12 11:14:53

  The Academy of Natural Sciences today announced the discovery of a new species of large predatory fish that prowled ancient North American waterways during the Devonian Period, before backboned animals existed on land. Drs. Edward "Ted" Daeschler and Jason Downs of the Academy and colleagues from the University of Chicago and Harvard University describe the new denizen of the Devonian they named Laccognathus embryi in the current issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology....

2011-08-01 16:10:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Changing the city's charter to ban an important source of energy, and limit possible economic growth and new jobs is the wrong direction for the Pittsburgh City Council, according to the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania. "The Marcellus Shale represents an opportunity for cleaner energy to fuel America and for new jobs in Pennsylvania," said API-Pennsylvania's Executive Director Rolf Hanson. "While this decision is...

2011-07-22 10:30:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Jim Cawley today released the final report of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, taking the first step toward developing a comprehensive and strategic plan for responsible natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The unanimously-adopted report contains 96 policy recommendations that include tougher regulations for drilling, doubling fines for violations, creating jobs in related industries and promoting the use of...

2011-07-22 10:43:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Governor Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission has released its recommendations for managing the state's burgeoning natural gas industry. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is encouraged by the fact that there was consensus among Commission members on a majority of measures surrounding environmental protection and public health and safety. Many of these recommendations were originally proposed by PEC earlier this...

2011-07-08 10:43:00

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a tour of Talisman Energy's regional headquarters, Lt. Governor Jim Cawley today pointed to how the Marcellus Shale natural gas production industry is creating jobs, even in communities where drilling is not taking place. "Natural gas is already providing thousands of jobs for Pennsylvania. You can see it right here in suburban Pittsburgh," Cawley said. "Producers may not be drilling here in Warrendale, but jobs are being...


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Mucrospirifer
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Mucrospirifer is a genus of extinct brachiopod of the order Spiriferida. This genus is sometimes known as the “butterfly shells.” Fossils of this genus occur mostly in the Middle Devonian strata. When alive, this genus mainly lived in muddy marine sediments, and were attached to the sea floor via its pedicle (foot). The bi-convex shell was about an inch long, and sometimes grew to 1.6 inches. The shell has a fold, groove and rod-like structure. It is elongated along the hinge line,...

Atrypa
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Atrypa (lampshell) is an extinct genus of brachiopod from the Late Ordovician stage (444 million years ago) to the Carboniferous stage (318 mya). It occurs abundantly as fossils in marine rocks. Fossils have been found on all continents except Antarctica. This animal has distinctive concentric growth lines and is unusual in that in some Devonian beds there are numerous remains of the pedicle (foot) valve, but very few of the brachial (upper) valve -- scientists speculate that strong ocean...

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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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