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amber grasshopper
2014-07-31 07:08:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While searching through a massive collection of 20 million-year-old amber originally discovered in the Dominican Republic some five decades ago, researchers from the Illinois Natural History Survey made a surprising discovery: a new species of miniature grasshopper that is no larger than a rose thorn. According to Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post, the creature was named Electrotettix attenboroughi in honor of famed naturalist...

Killing Name Of An Extinct Sirenian Species
2014-04-03 12:34:02

Pensoft Publishers Sirenians, or sea cows, are a particular group of mammals that superficially resembles whales in having, amongst other features, a streamlined-body and horizontal tail fluke. Though belonging to the so-called marine mammals, such as whales and seals, sea cows are members of a group having a single origin that includes their closest living relatives, the proboscideans (or elephants in the broader sense). Today, sirenians are known by only four species, but their...

Fossil Discovery Adds New Chapter In History Of Venomous Snakes
2014-03-20 13:13:24

[ Watch the Video: Venomous Snake Discovery in Africa ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from Ohio University reported in the journal PLOS ONE that they discovered the oldest fossil of a modern venomous snake in Africa. The discovery provides evidence that snakes such as cobras, kraits and sea snakes were present in Africa as early as 25 million years ago. These elapid snakes belong to a larger group of snakes known as colubroids that have been...

Prehistoric Fossil Discovery Reveals Details About Earth's Most Successful Mammal Lineage
2013-08-16 14:55:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The 160 million-year-old fossil of a newly described species has revealed new details about the most successful mammalian lineage in Earth’s history. Multituberculates were a group of extremely diverse rodent-like mammals, ranging from tree dwellers to fastidious burrowers. They existed for about 120 million years before being out-competed into extinction by more modern mammals in the Oligocene epoch around 35 million years ago....

Organisms In 33.6 Million Year Old Ice Pack Evolved To Survive
2013-05-28 09:17:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers publishing a paper in the latest issue of the journal Science have found through Antarctic planktonic ice core examinations that the continental ice cap formed more than 33 million years ago. Scientists from the Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences (IACT), a joint collaboration between the University of Granada and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), said the seasonal primary productivity of planktonic...

New Age Suggested For East African Rift
2012-03-28 09:33:57

A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience is suggesting that the human species may have taken much longer to evolve thanks to plate tectonics that changed Africa´s landscape millions of years before experts previously believed. Scientists from James Cook University, Ohio University, and Michigan State University said their findings show evidence that a major tectonic event occurred in East Africa as far back as 25 - 30 million years ago, reshaping large rivers such as the...

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2010-07-09 08:00:00

The remains of a strange, prehistoric saber-tooth cat have been unearthed in an ancient former rainforest in Australia, scientists said Thursday. Paleontologist Henk Godthelp, who led the discovery, said this is the first time the carnivore had been seen in Australia. He called the find an exciting and unique discovery. The animal is "sort of like a native cat with a broad flattish head with large canines," said Godthelp. "It's an animal we don't think we've seen before up at Riversleigh so...


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ambsace
  • Bad luck; misfortune.
  • The smallest amount possible or the most worthless thing.
The word 'ambsace' comes from a Latin word meaning 'both'.