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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Paleontologists working in the Canadian Rockies have uncovered the 500 million-year-old fossilized remains of a fish with jaw-like structures – the first time this feature has been seen so early in the fossil record, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature. Fish fossils from the Cambrian are very uncommon and in most cases poorly preserved. The newly discovered species, dubbed Metaspriggina, also provides evidence...

Drophyllum leaf plant fossil
2014-06-06 07:06:12

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forests affected by fires 66 million years ago during the last days of the dinosaurs recovered no differently than they do today, according to a team of researchers from McGill University and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. The team discovered the first fossil-record evidence of forest fire ecology during an expedition in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, at Grasslands National Park in an area known as the Frenchman Formation around...

New Techniques For Visualizing Fossils Are Transforming Our Understanding Of Evolutionary History
2014-05-23 03:35:03

University of Bristol Palaeontology has traditionally proceeded slowly, with individual scientists laboring for years or even decades over the interpretation of single fossils which they have gradually recovered from entombing rock, sand grain by sand grain, using all manner of dental drills and needles. The introduction of X-ray tomography has revolutionized the way that fossils are studied, allowing them to be virtually extracted from the rock in a fraction of the time necessary to...

2014-05-16 23:01:58

The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been awarded a $499,887 grant to curate and digitize three recently acquired collections of modern and Neogene-age invertebrates and protists. The collections represent ancient and recent shallow-marine environments from the last 23 million years and form a foundation for conservation paleobiology and historical ecology research. RAPID CITY, S.D. (PRWEB) May 16, 2014 The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota...

2014-05-15 16:20:38

TAMPA, Fla., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Defence manufacturer FAUN Trackway USA will showcase a range of expedient mobility solutions at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida from 20 - 22 May. The company's Helicopter Landing Mat (HLM) has been developed to support the needs of armed forces in remote helicopter operations, and is particularly well-suited to expeditionary missions. Based on a system of interlocking military-grade aluminium...

New Fossil Organism Discovered By Paleontologists
2014-05-12 03:23:48

By Iqbal Pittalwala, University of California - Riverside Likely related to our ancestors, 'Plexus ricei' was much like a tapeworm or modern flatworm, say UC Riverside researchers Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a fossil of a newly discovered organism from the "Ediacara Biota" — a group of organisms that occurred in the Ediacaran period of geologic time. Named Plexus ricei and resembling a curving tube, the organism resided on the Ediacaran...

2014-05-09 08:20:35

ANGLESEY, Wales, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FAUN Trackway has secured a significant order from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) for its portable roadway systems. Denmark is the first country to place an order for a number of FAUN Trackway's latest product, the Medium Ground Mobility System - Beam Dispenser LITE (MGMS-BD LITE). The MGMS-BD LITE was developed following extensive consultations with the Danish armed forces, who specified that they...

Novel Technique Reveals Healing Process Of Dinosaurs' Broken Bones
2014-05-07 12:42:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like the bones of all animals, dinosaur bones are essentially a record of a particular organism’s life history, with tell-tale signs revealing disease or trauma to trained experts. In a new study published by the journal Interface, researchers from the University of Manchester have used cutting-edge imaging techniques to gain new insight into the healing process that took place when a dinosaur suffered a crack or break to its bones....

Dinosaur Claws Were Used For More Than Just Ripping Flesh: Study
2014-05-07 12:08:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The claws of Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor are probably best known for ripping through the flesh of hapless prey, but a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has found that this family of dinosaurs, known as theropods, probably used its claws for a variety of purposes. In the study, Stephan Lautenschlager, from Bristol University, examined the differences in claw shape among theropods and analyzed them based...

Evolution Of Smaller Dinosaurs Helped Their Lineage Survive As Birds
2014-05-07 09:53:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While dinosaurs may have disappeared from the face of the Earth, their lineage has survived in the form of birds and new research published in the journal PLOS Biology has found that both dinosaurs and birds evolved into smaller and smaller sizes – potentially contributing to their success. “Dinosaurs aren't extinct; there are about 10,000 species alive today in the form of birds,” said study author Roger Benson, a paleobiologist...


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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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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
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This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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