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2008-04-22 17:00:00

A chance discovery in Mexico leads Cornell scientist to rewrite fossil history of shell-breaking crabWhile waiting for colleagues at a small natural history museum in the state of Chiapas, Mexico last year, Cornell paleontologist Greg Dietl chanced upon a discovery that has helped rewrite the evolutionary history of crabs and the shelled mollusks upon which they preyed.In a museum display case he recognized a 67- to 69-million-year-old fossil from the Late Cretaceous period of a big crab with...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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