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Clue To Smell Of Ancient Earth Given By Fossils
2013-04-29 15:23:27

Tiny 1,900 million-year-old fossils from rocks around Lake Superior, Canada, give the first ever snapshot of organisms eating each other and suggest what the ancient Earth would have smelled like.

Oldest Dino Embryo Boneyard Provides New Insight for Researchers
2013-04-10 19:01:01

Paleontologists working in China recently unearthed what could be the earliest collection of fossilized dinosaur embryos to date.

Jurassic Ecosystem
2013-01-09 06:26:57

According to Southern Methodist University paleontologists Timothy S. Myers, Louis L. Jacobs, and SMU sedimentary geologist Neil J. Tabor, the modern relationship between animals and vegetation is similar to millions of years ago.

2013-01-03 11:04:17

Of all the famous fossil localities in the world — Mongolia’s Flaming Cliffs, Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge, Wyoming’s Green River, Germany’s Solnhöfn Quarry — perhaps none is as widely celebrated as British Columbia’s Burgess Shale.

Scientists Find Oldest Fossils On Earth
2013-01-02 10:32:42

A team of paleobiologists believe they have located the oldest known evidence of life on Earth – ancient bacterial fossils dated at 3.49 billion years old.

New Test Helps With Understanding Earth’s History And Resources
2012-12-06 10:18:32

A new study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher provides the first direct chronological test of sequence stratigraphy, a powerful tool for exploring Earth’s natural resources.

Spanish Researchers Unearth Oldest Fossils Related To Giant Panda
2012-11-15 08:07:34

When we think of pandas, we often think of China, where the gentle giants live. But not all pandas have necessarily hailed from the Far East.

Paleontology And Development Genetics Help Piece Together Evolutionary History
2012-11-08 06:30:08

Developmental genetics and paleontology seem worlds away from each other and the gulf between fossils and petri dishes seems insurmountable. Even the essential questions of the two disciplines are miles apart.

100-Million-Year-Old Fossil From Texas Is New Fish Species
2012-10-25 12:45:29

100-million year old pieces of tiny fossil skull found in Fort Worth, Texas, have been identified as a new species of coelacanth fish...

Celebrate National Fossil Day On October 17
2012-10-14 04:52:13

October 17, 2012 is National Fossil Day, sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) and the American Geological Institute (AGI). This year is the third annual event, scheduled in conjunction with Earth Science Week.


Latest Fossil Reference Libraries

Leptofoenus pittfieldae
2014-11-19 13:00:00

Leptofoenus pittfieldae is an extinct species of wasp that lived during the Miocene Burdigalian stage. It was found encased in amber from the island of Hispaniola. This species was described by studying one individual that was found in a piece of amber, mined by the La Toca mine group in the Dominican Republic. Although amber is abundantly mined in that area, no other individuals of this species have been found. The specimen is now located in the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in...

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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