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2013-12-10 23:00:13

Author announces release of ‘A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia’. NORTON, Va. (PRWEB) December 11, 2013 Thomas McLoughlin’s new book, “A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia” (published by Trafford Publishing), is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the coal measures in Southwestern Virginia. The fossils are sorted by groups and...

Important Discovery Of Marine Fossils In Linxi Formation, China
2013-12-07 08:52:40

Science China Press In a recent study, large numbers of bryozoan and other typical marine fossils were discovered for the first time in the thick limestone layers and lenses of the upper part of the Linxi Formation of the Guandi section, Linxi County, eastern Inner Mongolia. These marine fossils provide the first evidence for the Xingmeng area being in a marine or mainly marine environment at the end of the later part of the late Permian. This paper, entitled "Discovery of marine...

2013-12-05 13:57:32

In the remote province of Niassa, Mozambique, a new species and genus of fossil vertebrate was found. The species is a distant relative of living mammals and is approximately 256 million years old. This new species belongs to a group of animals called synapsids. Synapsida includes a number of extinct lineages that dominated the communities on land in the Late Permian (260-252 million years ago), as well as living mammals and their direct ancestors. A team of paleontologists from nine...

Fossilized Feces From Dino Ancestors Shared A Toilette
2013-11-29 12:21:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Seeing a pile of feces usually sends people running, but a team of paleontologists has leaped head-long into an ancient collection of poo believed to be about 240 million years old, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. Dubbed the “world’s first public toilet,” the site in Argentina is the earliest known evidence of ancient reptiles sharing a collective dumping ground. Modern animals such as elephants and...

German Team Recreates Dinosaur Fossils With 3D Printing
2013-11-20 10:28:12

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 3D printing has already revolutionized the world of design, and it has begun to make its way into the production of actual products. Now researchers have found a way to extract DNA from ancient fossilized bones and use 3D printing technology to create accurate copies. While it won’t be able to bring back living dinosaurs like those seen in “Jurassic Park,” this technique could soon make it a lot easier to replicate rare fossils...

New Species Of Big Cat Discovered In Tibet Fills Evolutionary Gap
2013-11-13 08:21:19

[ Watch the Video: Fossil Skull Of Ancient Big Cat Unearthed In Tibet ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The evolution of big cats has been nearly as mysterious as the cats themselves, but a new discovery will likely lead anthropologists to a better understanding of when and where big cats originated. During a 2010 paleontological dig in Tibet, a husband-and-wife team who were part of a larger expedition discovered the fossilized partial remains of what...

Signs Of Ancient Bacterial Ecosystems Found In Australia
2013-11-13 05:44:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists trying to reconstruct the rise of life during the period of Earth's history when it first evolved find the task daunting because the planet's oldest sedimentary rocks are not only rare, but nearly always altered by hydrothermal and tectonic activity. A new study, published in the journal Astrobiology, reveals the well-preserved remnants of a complex ecosystem in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old sedimentary rock sequence in...

2013-11-12 23:31:56

Author Thomas McLoughlin’s ‘A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia’ heightens the appreciation for the flora and fauna that once lived many years ago Norton, VA (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 “A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia” (published by Trafford Publishing) is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the coal measures in Southwestern...

Nondestructive Visualization Techniques Used To Image Ancient Fossils
2013-11-11 12:19:33

[ Watch the Video: Animation of Serial Transverse Section of Pinus pinea Cone ] American Journal of Botany New study integrates visualization techniques to examine 150-million-year-old plant fossils without damaging specimens By integrating high-resolution X-ray imaging (termed microCT), 3D image segmentation, and computer animation, a new study conducted by Carole Gee at the University of Bonn, Germany, demonstrates the visualization of fossils without destroying the material....

Mysterious Wasting Virus Killing Starfish Along West Coast
2013-11-04 15:04:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California marine biologists are reporting the spread of a mysterious bacteria that is killing starfish up and down the West Coast – transforming the echinoderms into piles of goo in the process. “They essentially melt in front of you,” Pete Raimondi, a biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The affected animals form white lesions on their exterior that grow and occasionally...


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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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