Latest Paleontology Stories
Long, long before the dinosaurs of the Jurassic Period, the Earth went through the Devonian and the Cambrian periods. And before those, the Ediacaran.
In Part I, we talked about how tetrapods, a group of animals including whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles, returned to the sea having once survived on land. Other creatures such as snakes and elephants may also have changed their habitat multiple times.
Based on remains found by Charles Darwin and others, we knew that a group of mammals known as South American ungulates had a body that resembled a camel, nostrils high on their heads and even short elephant-like trunks.
Environment was just right--a 'Goldilocks effect'-- for well-preserved swim tracks from the Early Triassic age.
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.
With the average human height going up about an inch every decade, scientists study what exactly is causing us to become giants.
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.
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 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.
A new fossil from Madagascar reveals fascinating perspectives on the growing diversity of Mesozoic mammals.
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...
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...
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 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 (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...
- A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.