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2014-01-09 04:50:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Newly discovered fossilized skin pigments from a trio of multi-million-year-old marine reptiles reveal that these real-life sea monsters were at least partially dark colored when they were alive, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Nature. The fact that creatures such as mosasaurs and ichthyosaurs were dark-colored is likely to have contributed to more efficient thermoregulation, while also serving...

Freshwater Mosasaur Fossils Found In Hungary
2012-12-20 11:36:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hungarian paleontologists have discovered evidence of a new freshwater-dwelling species of mosasaur, an ancient lizard that thrived during the Late Cretaceous period, about 84 million years ago. According to the research team´s report in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, the new species of mosasaur, dubbed Pannoniasaurus, grew up to 20 feet in length and had some of the physical characteristics of both crocodiles and whales....

2011-11-17 15:30:41

Extinct animals hide their secrets well, but an exceptionally well-preserved fossil of an aquatic reptile, with traces of soft tissue present, is providing scientists a new window into the behavior of these ancient swimmers. According to the study published in PLoS ONE's November 16th issue, the fossil, characterized by a team led by Johan Lindgren of Lund University in Sweden, is from the mosasaur family, a group of reptiles that lived between 65 and 98 million years ago. The fossil was...

2011-05-02 19:22:00

Fossil "“ just stone? No, a research team in Lund, Sweden, has discovered primary biological matter in a fossil of an extinct varanoid lizard (a mosasaur) that inhabited marine environments during Late Cretaceous times. Using state-of-the-art technology, the scientists have been able to link proteinaceous molecules to bone matrix fibres isolated from a 70-million-year-old fossil; i.e., they have found genuine remains of an extinct animal entombed in stone. With their discovery, the...

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2010-08-10 09:21:33

NHM Dinosaur Institute paleontologist Dr. Luis Chiappe co-authors paper that examines mosasaur fossil, considered the world's finest One of the ocean's most formidable marine predators, the marine mosasaur Platecarpus, lived in the Cretaceous Period some 85 million years ago and was thought to have swum like an eel. That theory is debunked in a new paper published August 9 in the journal PLoS ONE. An international team of scientists have reconceived the animal's morphology, or body plan,...

2009-09-21 09:26:56

U.S. and British scientists say they've determined the transition of extinct sea creatures from egg-laying to live-born opened up evolutionary pathways. Scientists at Harvard University and the University of Reading say they also determined the evolution of such live-born young depended crucially on the advent of genes -- rather than incubation temperature -- as the primary determinant of offspring sex. In the study of three lineages of extinct marine reptiles -- mosasaurs, sauropterygians...

2008-08-29 15:15:00

A 11-meter-long fossil estimated to be 80 million years old has been unearthed in western Canada, scientists announced Thursday. Canadian Fossil Discovery Center said the ancient sea creature, unearthed Wednesday at a site in Morden in Manitoba province, has been the biggest fossil find in the province in nearly 30 years. The mosasaur, dubbed Angus, is the second important discovery by the center in Manitoba. A 13-meter-long specimen named Bruce was found in 1974 near just south of where...

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2005-11-17 07:15:00

DALLAS -- Amateur fossil hunter Van Turner felt certain he had found something important during his search of earth turned up by bulldozers making way for a new subdivision in Dallas County. Sixteen years later, scientists finally confirmed that Turner had discovered the first well preserved early mosasaur found in North America - a prehistoric lizard that lived 92 million years ago that evolved into what some call the "T. Rex of the ocean." "Science marches slowly, and my biggest fear all...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'