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Rare Balloon-shaped Animal Fossil Sheds Light On Earth's Ancient Seas
2014-12-10 03:43:50

A rare 520 million year old fossil shaped like a 'squashed bird's nest' that will help to shed new light on life within Earth's ancient seas has been discovered in China by an international research team - and will honor the memory of a University of Leicester scientist who passed away earlier this year.

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

Paleontologists working in the Canadian Rockies have uncovered the 500 million-year-old fossilized remains of fish with jaw-like structures – the first time this feature has been seen so early in the fossil record.

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

For the first time, researchers 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.

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

Scientists use micro CT scans and research modern-day bees to understand habitat and climate of Southern California during late Pleistocene

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

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.

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

Scientists have unearthed a strange phallus-shaped creature from the 505 million year-old rock layers in the Burgess Shale fossil beds.

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

For the first time, scientists have found fossils that let them 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.

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

A team of British and American scientists have discovered the fossil remains of a tiny new species of ostracod in 425-million-year-old rocks located along the England-Wales border.

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

German paleontologists have uncovered the remains of nine turtle pairs that died while having sex 47 million years ago.

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.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.