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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...

2009-02-05 14:48:02

U.S. scientists say they have found fossil evidence of animals living on Earth more than 635 million years ago, the oldest such finds. Researchers from the University of California-Riverside, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutions used compounds preserved in sedimentary rocks to confirm the existence of demosponges. Demosponges appeared during the Neoproterozoic era, 1,000 to 542 million years ago, an era of climatic extremes and biological evolutionary developments...

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2009-02-04 17:29:32

Scientists announced on Wednesday the discovery of the earliest evidence of animal life to date. Chemical traces found in 635-million-year-old rocks in Oman provide key evidence to support Darwin's theory that simple organisms existed before the evolution of more complex creatures, researchers said in the Feb. 5 issue of the journal Nature. "Basically we have found a thread of that evidence that he predicted should be there," Roger Summons, a geobiologist at the Massachusetts Institute of...

2009-02-02 14:17:16

U.S. geologists say they have found the fossil of a tropical, freshwater Asian turtle in Arctic Canada. The researchers from the University of Rochester in New York said their discovery suggests animals migrated from Asia to North America not around Alaska, as once thought, but directly across a freshwater sea floating atop the warm, salty Arctic Ocean. Professor John Tarduno, who led the researchers, said the finding also suggests a rapid influx of carbon dioxide some 90 million years ago...

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2009-01-27 08:05:00

A recent study by researchers at the University of Bath and London's Natural History Museum has found that scientists' knowledge of the evolution of dinosaurs is remarkably complete. Evolutionary biologists use two ways to study the evolution of prehistoric plants and animals: firstly they use radioactive dating techniques to put fossils in chronological order according to the age of the rocks in which they are found (stratigraphy); secondly they observe and classify the characteristics of...


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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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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