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Earliest Evidence Of Jaws Discovered In 500M-Year-Old Fish Fossil
2014-06-12 14:09:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Paleontologists working in the Canadian Rockies have uncovered the 500 million-year-old fossilized remains of a fish with jaw-like structures – the first time this feature has been seen so early in the fossil record, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature. Fish fossils from the Cambrian are very uncommon and in most cases poorly preserved. The newly discovered species, dubbed Metaspriggina, also provides evidence...

La Brea fossils
2014-04-11 04:43:36

[ Watch the Video: Research Shows Climate Change Drove Evolution Of Ice Age Predators ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time, the authors of two new scientific papers have documented the impact that global climate change had on the evolution of Ice Age-era predators whose remains were discovered in California’s La Brea Tar Pits. The authors of the two studies explain that climate warming helped drive the evolution of creatures such as dire...

Rare Leafcutter Bee Fossils Reveal Ice Age Environment At The La Brea Tar Pits
2014-04-10 15:44:39

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Scientists use micro CT scans and research modern-day bees to understand habitat and climate of Southern California during late Pleistocene The La Brea Tar Pits, the world's richest and most important Ice Age fossil locality, is most celebrated for it collection of saber-toothed cats and mammoths. The site's lesser known, but equally vast insect collection, is also of great significance. Recent examination of fossil leafcutter bee nest cells...

Mid Miocene Nimbacinus dicksoni
2014-04-10 12:28:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The biggest known carnivorous marsupial of the modern era – the Tasmanian tiger - or thylacine - went extinct in the early 20th century. Now, researchers have found that a distant, ancient relative of the thylacine was able to hunt down prey larger than itself, according to a new study in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Based solely on a recovered 16- to 11.5-million-year-old skull, the study team was able to create a virtual...

Burgess Shale Fossil Provides Crucial Missing Link
2013-03-14 05:05:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Located in Yoho National Park, Canada's Burgess Shale fossil beds have yielded yet another major scientific discovery. Scientists from the University of Toronto, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Montreal have unearthed a strange phallus-shaped creature from the 505 million year-old rock layers. The study, published in a recent issue of Nature, confirms Spartobranchus tenuis as a member of the acorn worms group....

Fossils Show Anatomy Of Ancient Fuxianhuiid Arthropod
2013-02-28 09:06:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists led by researchers at the University of Cambridge has made an extraordinary find in South China. For the first time, scientists are able to see through the head of the "fuxianhuiid" arthropod, revealing one of the earliest evolutionary examples of limbs used for feeding along with the oldest nervous system to stretch beyond the head in fossil record. Prior to this find, heads covered by a...

New Ostracod Species Discovered In Ancient Fossil Record
2012-12-12 13:44:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of British and American scientists have discovered the fossils of a tiny new species of animal in 425-million-year-old rocks located along the England-Wales border, according to the their report published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society B. The new species is an ostracod — a small crustacean related to crabs, lobsters and shrimps — and was exceptionally well preserved. Its fossil included a...

Ancient Turtles Make Love, Embraced Death
2012-06-21 05:21:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com German paleontologists wrote in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters that they have uncovered the remains of nine turtle pairs that died while having sex 47 million years ago. The scientists wrote in the report that they had determined the ancient turtles died while mating in poisonous waters. "Millions of animals live and die every year and many enter the fossil record through serendipitous circumstances, but there really is no reason to enter the...

2012-03-07 14:15:15

The Burgess Shale of British Columbia is arguably the most important fossil deposit in the world, providing an astounding record of the Cambrian "Explosion," the rapid flowering of complex life from single-celled ancestors. While most of the fossil record is comprised of shells, teeth and bones, the Burgess Shale preserves the softer bits–the eyes, guts, gills and other delicate structures–of animals belonging to Earth's earliest complex ecosystems a half a billion years ago. The...

Researchers Discover Ancient Tulip-like Creature In The Canadian Rockies
2012-01-20 07:49:18

A strange tulip-shaped creature discovered in half-a-billion-year-old rocks had a feeding system unlike any other animal, researchers reported this week. Officially named Siphusauctum gregarium, the fossils, unearthed from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies, reveal a peculiar creature roughly 7-8 inches long with a unique filter feeding system. The creature has a long stem with a bulbous cup-like structure -- similar to that of a tulip -- near the top that...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.