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2013-12-05 13:57:32

In the remote province of Niassa, Mozambique, a new species and genus of fossil vertebrate was found. The species is a distant relative of living mammals and is approximately 256 million years old. This new species belongs to a group of animals called synapsids. Synapsida includes a number of extinct lineages that dominated the communities on land in the Late Permian (260-252 million years ago), as well as living mammals and their direct ancestors. A team of paleontologists from nine...

German Team Recreates Dinosaur Fossils With 3D Printing
2013-11-20 10:28:12

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 3D printing has already revolutionized the world of design, and it has begun to make its way into the production of actual products. Now researchers have found a way to extract DNA from ancient fossilized bones and use 3D printing technology to create accurate copies. While it won’t be able to bring back living dinosaurs like those seen in “Jurassic Park,” this technique could soon make it a lot easier to replicate rare fossils...

Signs Of Ancient Bacterial Ecosystems Found In Australia
2013-11-13 05:44:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists trying to reconstruct the rise of life during the period of Earth's history when it first evolved find the task daunting because the planet's oldest sedimentary rocks are not only rare, but nearly always altered by hydrothermal and tectonic activity. A new study, published in the journal Astrobiology, reveals the well-preserved remnants of a complex ecosystem in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old sedimentary rock sequence in...

2013-11-12 23:31:56

Author Thomas McLoughlin’s ‘A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia’ heightens the appreciation for the flora and fauna that once lived many years ago Norton, VA (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 “A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia” (published by Trafford Publishing) is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the coal measures in Southwestern...

Nondestructive Visualization Techniques Used To Image Ancient Fossils
2013-11-11 12:19:33

[ Watch the Video: Animation of Serial Transverse Section of Pinus pinea Cone ] American Journal of Botany New study integrates visualization techniques to examine 150-million-year-old plant fossils without damaging specimens By integrating high-resolution X-ray imaging (termed microCT), 3D image segmentation, and computer animation, a new study conducted by Carole Gee at the University of Bonn, Germany, demonstrates the visualization of fossils without destroying the material....

Diplodocus Fossil To Be Auctioned
2013-10-18 13:27:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Anyone with a very large display space and over half-a-million bucks of disposable income should consider a trip to southern England next month where a 55-foot-long dinosaur skeleton is expected to be auctioned off. The skeleton is of a Diplodocus longus named “Misty,” which was discovered near the fossil hotbed Dana Quarry in Wyoming, in 2009. Misty would be the first dinosaur ever put up for auction. According to Errol Fuller,...

Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil Discovered By Researchers
2013-10-15 04:22:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers report that they have found a fossilized mosquito specimen that was still blood-engorged from its last meal – a discovery that is detailed in the latest edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The mosquito had been preserved in shale rock for approximately 46 million years after it plummeted into a lake in what is now northwestern Montana, according to Joseph Stromberg of...

2013-09-30 10:14:03

Understanding the impact of environmental change on plant traits is an important issue in evolutionary biology. As the only direct evidence of past life, fossils provide important information on the interactions between plants and environmental change. After ten years' survey, Professor Zhou Zhekun's group from Kunming Institute of Botany has discovered more than ten well preserved Neogene plant fossil sites in southwestern China which are important to understand past climate and response of...

Oldest Lizard Fossil Found
2013-09-25 12:21:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest known lizard-like fossil near Vellberg, Germany. The find offers new insights into the evolution of reptiles including lizards, snakes and tuatara, according to a newly published report in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The ancient reptile’s fossilized jaws indicate that these reptiles were alive during the Middle Triassic period some 240 million years ago. “The Middle...

Fossil And Molecular Evidence Important For Studying Evolution
2013-08-10 05:19:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The fossils of microscopic aquatic creatures, whose shells resemble grains of sand to the naked eye, could help shed new light on the process of evolution, according to new research published Friday in the journal Methods in Ecology & Evolution. As part of their research, University of Southampton evolutionary ecologist Dr. Thomas Ezard and his colleagues are analyzing the remains of the one-millimeter large planktonic...


Latest Fossil Reference Libraries

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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