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2015-03-01 14:38:20

Environment was just right--a 'Goldilocks effect'-- for well-preserved swim tracks from the Early Triassic age.

fossil
2015-02-25 16:04:11

This week a ground-breaking new resource for scientists went live. More than twenty paleontologists, molecular biologists, and computer programmers from five different countries designed and contributed to a new open-source database that stores carefully reviewed fossil data and makes it accessible worldwide.

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2015-02-21 11:00:46

With the average human height going up about an inch every decade, scientists study what exactly is causing us to become giants.

ancestral mammals
2015-02-17 10:41:26

Researchers from the US and China have identified the oldest tree-dwelling mammal ancestor and the earliest-known subterranean relative of the phylogenic class, according to a pair of new papers published Friday in the peer-reviewed journal Science.

bacteria scoffs evolution
2015-02-03 12:27:00

Through the examination of tiny microscopic fossils, a large team of biologists has found that a community of deep-sea microbes hasn’t evolved at all in more than 2 billion years, according to a new studt published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

dinosaur
2014-12-25 13:12:12

Dinosaur droppings fossilize, giving us "hard" evidence of some of their toilet habits. Dinosaur pee did not get preserved as such, but we can see preserved evidence of it from impressions it left when it hit a soft surface such as sand. These impressions are known as urolites, while fossilized feces are called coprolites.

Vintana sertichi mesozoic
2014-12-15 09:46:18

A new fossil from Madagascar reveals fascinating perspectives on the growing diversity of Mesozoic mammals.

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.

Turn Back The Molecular Clock, Say Plant Fossils In Argentina
2014-12-05 03:33:00

Molecular clocks -- based on changes in genetic material -- indicate much younger ages for a wide variety of plants found as fossils in southern Argentina than do the solid, geologic dates of those fossils

iguana
2014-11-19 15:19:01

And it's not because they're just on some new meditative-breathing kick.


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Robert Thomas Bakker
2014-04-22 14:27:45

Robert Thomas Bakker (born March 24, 1945) is an American Paleontologist known for his contribution to the “Dinosaur Renaissance” and his support of his mentor Ostrom’s theory that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded. He specializes in the ecological context and behavior of dinosaurs. Bakker was born in Bergen County, New Jersey. As a young boy, he developed an interest in dinosaurs following his first trip to the dinosaur exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History – he was...

Northern Sun Star, Solaster endeca
2013-11-14 11:54:31

The northern sun star (Solaster endeca), also known as the purple sun star or the smooth sun star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean with a range that includes coastlines of Greenland, Canada, and the United States. It prefers a habitat in areas with adequate to heavy shelter and muddy or rocky sediment, at depths of up to 1,480 feet. The northern sun star is large, reaching a diameter of 7.9...

Morning Sun Star, Solaster dawsoni
2013-11-11 11:20:37

The morning sun star (Solaster dawsoni) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in northern areas of the Pacific Ocean with a range that extends from the coasts of China, Japan, and Siberia to the coasts of California in the United States. It prefers a habitat in rocky areas at depths of up to 1,380 feet. This species has two subspecies known as Solaster dawsoni dawsoni and Solaster dawsoni arcticus. It has a wide body with eight to thirteen...

Paleontology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paleontology or Palaeontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life, including the study of fossils to determine the organisms evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. Paleontological observations have been documented as far back as 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier’s work on comparative anatomy, and it developed quickly within the 19th century. The term itself comes from Greek palaios, meaning...

John R. “Jack” Horner
2013-10-14 13:35:47

John R. “Jack” Horner (born June 15, 1946) is an American paleontologist known for his research on dinosaur growth, and for discovering evidence that some dinosaurs nested and cared for their young.  He is perhaps the most famous paleontologist due to his role as technical advisor for all three Jurassic Park films, and his providing inspiration for Dr. Alan Grant, the film's lead character. He also advised on the FOX television show Terra Nova. Horner was born and raised in the small...

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