Latest Ediacaran biota Stories
New three-dimensional reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals on Earth developed, and provide some answers as to why they went extinct.
Located on dry land in Namibia is a 550-million-year-old reef that researchers say was built by the first hard-shelled animals and is one of the oldest reefs known.
Paleontologists have discovered the oldest organism with a skeleton in Australia.
Paleontologists from the University of Extremadura have discovered a new species, Cloudina carinata, the fossil of which has preserved its tridimensional shape.
Two paleontologists studying ancient fossils they excavated in the South Australian outback argue that Earthâ€™s ecosystem has been complex for hundreds of millions of years â€“ at least since around 565 million years ago, which is included in a period in Earthâ€™s history called the Neoproterozoic era.
By Dong, Lin Xiao, Shuhai; Shen, Bing; Zhou, Chuanming Abstract: Horodyskia is one of the earliest known macroscopic life forms, with a fossil record dating from c. 1.4 Ga. Palaeopascichnus represents a key Ediacaran element with world-wide distribution.
By Hofmann, H J O'Brien, S J; King, A F ABSTRACT- Newly found fossils in the Conception and St. John's groups of the Bonavista Peninsula considerably extend the known geographic distribution of the Ediacaran fossils in Newfoundland.
By Shen, Bing Xiao, Shuhai; Dong, Lin; Zhou, Chuanming; Liu, Jianbo ABSTRACT- Upper Neoproterozoic successions in the North China and nearby Chaidam blocks are poorly documented. North China successions typically consist of a diamictite unit overlain by siltstone, sandstone, or slate.
Scientists interested in ancient life have a wealth of fossils and impressions frozen in rocks that they can study from as far back as 540 million years ago - when animals with shells and bones began to become plentiful. But evidence of complex life older than 540 million years is scant and difficult to study.
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