Latest Paleontology Stories
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.
In the remote province of Niassa, Mozambique, a new species and genus of fossil vertebrate was found.
A team of paleontologists has leaped head-long into an ancient collection of poo believed to be about 240 million years old.
Researchers have discovered a way to extract DNA from ancient fossils and utilize 3D technology to create accurate copies of these real-world artifacts. And while it won't bring back living creatures, the technique could soon make it a lot easier to replicate rare fossils.
The evolution of big cats has been nearly as mysterious as the cats themselves, but a new discoverywill likely lead anthropologists to a better understanding of where, and when, big cats originated.
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 Australia.
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
New study integrates visualization techniques to examine 150-million-year-old plant fossils without damaging specimens
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 a pile of goo in the process.
Researchers who have discovered thin-toed tracks in fluvial sandstone in Australia said they were most likely made by two individual birds that were the size of a great egret or a small heron. These ancient birds would have lived during the Early Cretaceous period.
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...
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