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

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 prepare specimens by hand and without the risk of damaging the fossil.

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

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)

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

The claws of Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor are probably best known for ripping through the flesh of hapless prey, but a new study has found that this family of dinosaurs, known as Theropods, probably used its claws for a variety of purposes.

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

While dinosaurs may have disappeared from the face of the Earth, their lineage has survived in the form of birds and new research has found that both dinosaurs and birds evolved into smaller and smaller sizes – potentially contributing to their success.

Eocasea martini
2014-04-17 08:58:57

The fossil of a newly-discovered species called Eocasea martini is being described as a sort of missing link in the transition from carnivorous to herbivorous behavior in land animals.

Researchers Find Rare Fossilized Embryos More Than 500 Million Years Old
2014-04-11 13:06:23

The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record.


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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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