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2009-08-21 12:50:00

Paleontologists say Angola is fast becoming a "museum in the ground" for rare dinosaur fossils, where some are actually sticking out of the ground, AFP reported. Louis Jacobs of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, is part of the PaleoAngola project, which is hunting for dinosaur fossils. He called Angola the final frontier for paleontology. "Due to the war, there's been little research carried out so far, but now we're getting in finally and there's so much to find. In some areas...

2009-08-05 09:23:33

Early relatives of spiders that lived around 300 million years ago are revealed in new three-dimensional models, in research published today in the journal Biology Letters.Scientists at Imperial College London have created detailed 3D computer models of two fossilized specimens of ancient creatures called Cryptomartus hindi and Eophrynus prestvicii, closely related to modern-day spiders. The study reveals some of the physical traits that helped them to hunt for prey and evade predators.The...

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2009-08-05 06:15:00

A new technique might help locate looters who stole from Utah's collection of dinosaur bones, according to the Associated Press. In addition to making off with several valuable bones, the thieves also took hidden clues about a diplodocus dinosaur that walked the Earth 150 million years ago. "It's like pieces of a puzzle that are now gone," said Scott Williams, collections and exhibits manager at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. The bones were taken from the site near Hanksville last...

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2009-07-30 11:30:00

Geologists of the University of Granada - UGR have successfully described for the first time ever the biological mechanism that explains how calcareous red algae grow on rocky substrates. This is an amazing finding that has allowed us to know the physiology of this type of algae better and explain an existing paradox in the field of Paleontology: the lack of these algae in sedimentary rocks of fossil cliffs. In particular, an organic layer lying between the red algae that grow on rocks and...

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2009-07-28 12:05:00

Study published in the journal Comptes Rendus PalevolAn international team of scientists has discovered an extinct rodent species, based on fossil tooth remains found in Alborache, Valencia. Eomyops noeliae, from the Eomyidae family, represents the oldest find within this genus in the world.The small number of fossils found has prevented the scientists from the University of Valencia (UV), who have led this research study, from being able to gain a full picture of this "new" rodent. However,...

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2009-07-16 14:25:00

Findings may provide insight into the origins of life on Earth, and even the search for life on Mars Stromatolites are dome- or column-like sedimentary rock structures that are formed in shallow water, layer by layer, over long periods of geologic time. Now, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have provided evidence that some of the most ancient stromatolites on our planet were built with the help of communities of equally...

2009-06-08 14:10:26

Good old-fashioned detective work has turned up the first conclusive explanation for the origin of a massive bonebed in southern California, according to a new study led by a UBC paleontologist.The Sharktooth Hill bonebed is exposed over approximately 100 sq. kilometres of land, located at the southern end of the Central Valley of California. It is one of the largest concentrations of marine vertebrate fossils in the world, containing an average of 200 fossils per square-metre, including the...

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2009-06-08 13:10:00

In the famed Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed near Bakersfield, Calif., shark teeth as big as a hand and weighing a pound each, intermixed with copious bones from extinct seals and whales, seem to tell of a 15-million-year-old killing ground.Yet, new research by a team of paleontologists from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and the University of Utah paints a less catastrophic picture. Instead of a sudden die-off, the researchers say...

2009-06-08 11:41:14

U.S. paleontologists have discovered a set of fossil teeth in the Panama Canal earthworks that belonged to a horse living 15 to 18 million years ago. Aldo Rincon, a paleontology intern at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, unearthed the set of fossil teeth that Bruce MacFadden, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, described as being from Anchitherium clarencei, a three-toed browsing horse. Expanding the Panama Canal to make way for super-sized...

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2009-06-02 14:49:13

A fossil hunter famed for the discovery of the world's best-preserved dinosaur will serve 60 days in jail for stealing raptor bones from private land, The Associated Press reported. A self-taught paleontologist, 51 year-old Nathan Murphy was convicted in March of felony theft after trespassing onto a ranch in northern Montana and taking the raptor fossil. Murphy is also involved in a separate federal case involving more fossils taken from Bureau of Land Management land. He is scheduled to be...


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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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2010-09-30 18:58:57

Seitaad, derived from a Navajo legend of a san monster with the same name -- "Seit'aad," is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. The type species, S. ruessi, was described in 2010 based on fossils recovered from the Navajo Sandstone Formation in southern Utah. It is known from a nearly complete fossil that appears to have been entombed by the collapse of a sand dune about 185 million years ago. Based on the fossil, the dinosaur would have been 10 to 15 feet long...

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