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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...

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...

Ancient Stromatolites May Have Been Edged Out By Foraminifera
2013-05-29 05:47:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Stromatolites, “layered rocks” made of calcium carbonate, were the earliest visible manifestation of life on Earth. A team of researchers, including scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the University of Connecticut; Harvard Medical School; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, suggest that the disappearance of stromatolites may have been driven by...

2008-10-07 18:00:12

By Emma Pinch WHEN Scots architect John Cunningham went to choose material from a Birkenhead quarry in 1838, it was a long seam of unusable clay, which made his heart beat a little faster, rather than the quality of the excellent Wirral sandstone. He instructed the quarry foreman at Storeton to look out for any strange markings. He didn't have to wait long. "In the course of 10-12 days, after I had made the request, he sent a person over to my office in hot haste with the...

2006-11-21 10:07:21

The origin of life lies in unique ocean reefs, and scientists from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have developed an approach to help investigate them better. A new article published in the November issue of Geology reveals how Dr. Miriam Andres' stromatolite investigation the first of its kind has begun to fingerprint ancient microbial pathways, increasing the understanding of how these reef-like structures form and offering a new way to...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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