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2007-12-19 09:00:00

By Emily Murphy in Paris The "rediscovery" of a stunningly-preserved 30 million-year-old hummingbird fossil in southern France has deepened the mystery of why these fragile creatures disappeared from Europe and now exist only on the American continent. The fossil was originally found by an amateur palaeontologist at the end of the 1980s in the Luberon national park in Provence. It then lay in his private collection for a number of years, unknown to the wider world and as good as...

2007-08-15 18:15:00

By ASHLEY WRAY A 200-MILLION-YEAR-OLD fish discovered by two amateur archaeologists may be one of the most significant fossil finds in recent decades, researchers said yesterday. Liverpool fossil hunters Keith Hackett and Mary Coates discovered the specimen searching for buried treasures below Lyme Regis's Church Cliffs, on Dorset's fabled Jurassic Coast. Measuring 88cm the fossil is believed to be the largest example of its kind ever uncovered in this country compared with existing...

2007-07-20 06:04:01

By Manos, Paul S Soltis, Pamela S; Soltis, Douglas E; Manchester, Steven R; Et al Abstract.- It is widely acknowledged that integrating fossils into data sets of extant taxa is imperative for proper placement of fossils, resolution of relationships, and a better understanding of character evolution. The importance of this process has been further magnified because of the crucial role of fossils in dating divergence times. Outstanding issues remain, including appropriate methods to place...

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2007-07-04 17:32:02

TOKYO -- Researchers say a museum in central Japan has right whale fossils that are at least 5 million years old, making them the oldest fossilized remains of the animal in the world, officials said Wednesday. Researchers working in Nagano prefecture (state) estimate the fossilized skull bones and jaw of a right whale on display at the Shinshushinmachi Fossil Museum to be 5 million to 6 million years old, said museum curator Ken Narita. The oldest right whale fossil previously found was a...

2007-02-10 10:43:32

LIMA, Peru -- Peruvian archaeologists displayed more than 400 seized shark teeth, shells and fish fossils as old as 12 million years on Friday, saying customs officials have already made twice the number of such seizures this year than they did in 2006. Peru's National Culture Institute said fossil trafficking is a growing problem because the items are highly valued in foreign markets. So far this year, customs agents have made 947 fossil seizures, compared to 461 all of last year, Javier...

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2007-01-23 08:55:00

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A University of Florida-led study has determined that Titanis walleri, a prehistoric 7-foot-tall flightless "terror bird," arrived in North America from South America long before a land bridge connected the two continents. UF paleontologist Bruce MacFadden said his team used an established geochemical technique that analyzes rare earth elements in a new application to revise the ages of terror bird fossils in Texas and Florida, the only places in North America where...

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2006-12-08 13:00:00

The sudden appearance of large animal fossils more than 500 million years ago "“ a problem that perplexed even Charles Darwin and is commonly known as "Darwin's Dilemma" "“ may be due to a huge increase of oxygen in the world's oceans, says Queen's paleontologist Guy Narbonne, an expert in the early evolution of animals and their ecosystems. In 2002, Dr. Narbonne and his research team found the world's oldest complex life forms between layers of sandstone on the southeastern...

2006-11-21 10:07:21

The origin of life lies in unique ocean reefs, and scientists from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have developed an approach to help investigate them better. A new article published in the November issue of Geology reveals how Dr. Miriam Andres' stromatolite investigation the first of its kind has begun to fingerprint ancient microbial pathways, increasing the understanding of how these reef-like structures form and offering a new way to...

2006-08-09 12:25:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - A new technique allowing virtual dissections of half-billion year old fossil embryos is producing the first three-dimensional images of the dawn of life. It reveals a universe of detail impossible using previous methods, and researchers at Bristol University in southwestern England said it was pushing back the frontiers of science much as the scanning electron microscope did half a century ago. "We are looking at the dawn of life," lead researcher Phil...

2006-06-07 16:55:46

LONDON (Reuters) - Rock formations in Western Australia may not only be some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth but also the first signs of biodiversity, scientists said on Wednesday. Doubts about whether the formations known as stromatolites were signs of ancient life have persisted since they were described almost three decades ago. Some scientists believe they were formed by micro-organisms that lived on Earth more than 3 billion years ago. Others argued that they were...


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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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