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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...

2009-05-19 11:10:00

47 Million Year Old Primate Fossil Set to Revolutionize Understanding of Human Evolution -- HISTORY SPECIAL DOCUMENTING DISCOVERY TO AIR MAY 25 AT 9PM ET/PT -- NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- HISTORY, together with the University of Oslo and the Senckenberg Research Institute, today reveal a landmark scientific find: the 47 million year old fossilized remains of a primate. The most complete fossil primate ever found, the young female specimen -- known as "Ida" -- is set to revolutionize...

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2009-04-29 09:34:07

A limestone countertop, a practiced eye and Google Earth all played roles in the discovery of a trove of fossils that may shed light on the origins of African wildlife. The circuitous and serendipitous story, featuring University of Michigan paleontologists Philip Gingerich, Gregg Gunnell and Bill Sanders, is the subject of a segment on the award-winning television series "Wild Chronicles," currently airing on public television stations (Episode 412"”Looking Back; check listings for...

2009-03-20 14:04:37

A fossil of a 150-million-year-old dinosaur could sell at a New York auction for up to $500,000, a gallery official says. Josh Chait, the director of operations for the I.M. Chait Gallery, said a Jurassic Dryosaurus fossil being sold for economic reasons would make an amazing addition for any collector, the New York Daily News said Friday. It's great for a private collection, Chait said. But I'm hoping it goes to a museum or some institution. The 9-foot-long fossilized skeleton was found in...

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2009-03-17 14:56:41

New finds of 95 million year old fossils reveal much earlier origins of modern octopuses. These are among the rarest and unlikeliest of fossils. The chances of an octopus corpse surviving long enough to be fossilized are so small that prior to this discovery only a single fossil species was known, and from fewer specimens than octopuses have legs. Everyone knows what an octopus is. Even if you have never encountered one in the flesh, the eight arms, suckers, and sack-like body are almost as...

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2009-03-03 16:47:52

Researchers studying a type of fish that once lived in what is now Kansas and Oklahoma have discovered a 300-million-year-old fossilized brain. "For a long time, paleontologists have used the shape of the cranial cavity to research the general morphology of the brain, because soft tissue was not available until today," said Alan Pradel of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. "Soft tissue has fossilized in the past, but it is usually muscle and organs like kidneys because of...

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2009-02-16 09:02:37

About 150 million years ago, an evolutionarily hybrid creature, a dinosaur on its way to becoming a bird, died in what is now Germany, and become fossilized in limestone. About 150 years ago, the fossil of this "dinobird" was discovered and celebrated as proof of Charles Darwin's new theory of evolution. Now fast forward to a few weeks ago: The famous fossil, the Thermopolis specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica, made its way by truck from the Wyoming Dinosaur Center to the Stanford...


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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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