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Hundreds Of Lost Darwin Fossils Discovered
2012-01-17 10:46:07

Numerous fossils -- including some collected by Charles Darwin -- have been rediscovered in an old wooden cabinet that had been tucked away in a dark corner of the British Geological Survey (BGS) headquarters in the UK, reports The Telegraph. The “treasure trove” of fossils was found by Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, undoubtedly by accident. The fossils had been lost to science for nearly 165 years, before Falcon-Lang stumbled...

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2010-08-24 09:30:00

The amount of available living space--not competition, as Darwin believed--may have been the catalyst of evolution, according to a new study published in the August 23 edition of Biology Letters. As part of the study, researchers at the University of Bristol analyzed the fossils of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians dating as far back as 400 million years ago. According to BBC News science reporter Howard Falcon-Lang, "the scientists showed that the amount of biodiversity closely...

2008-09-10 00:00:19

Massive fossil forests dating back millions of years have been found in Illinois coal mines, a British researcher says. Howard Falcon-Lang told the British Association Science Festival in Liverpool the fossil forests are the largest ever found, the BBC reported Tuesday. He said the fossils cover an area the size of Bristol. The discovery of the first fossil forest in the region along the Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky borders was reported last year. Scientists have since found five more,...

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2008-09-09 08:20:00

Researchers from the US and the UK have found a fossil forest in the coal mines of Illinois. The team reported a similar discovery last year, but has recently found five other examples. The petrified vegetation is visible in the mine ceilings covering thousands of hectares. Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang believes they are among the first forests to evolve on Earth. "Theses are the largest fossil forests found anywhere in the world at any point in geological time," Dr. Falcon-Lang said. "It is quite...

2008-02-29 03:00:00

By Bates, Karl T Rarity, Frank; Manning, Phillip L; Hodgetts, David; Vila, Bernat; Oms, Oriol; Galobart, Angel; Gawthorpe, Robert L Abstract: Increasing political and social awareness of the importance of protecting the geological heritage is compelling geoscientists to consider new methods for reconciling conservation and exploration of their research sites. Terrestrial Light Detection And Range (LiDAR) imaging is an accurate method of collecting 3D spatial data that has so far been...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.