Latest Triassic Stories
Environment was just right--a 'Goldilocks effect'-- for well-preserved swim tracks from the Early Triassic age.
Scientists are calling it Eohupehsuchus brevicollis.
Paleontologists from the University of Zurich now reveal that climate catastrophes in the past played a crucial role in the dominance of ray-finned fish today.
The discovery of three new small squirrel-like species lends evidence to the notion that mammals originated at least 208 million years ago in the late Triassic Period, according to new research appearing in a recent edition of the journal Nature.
Scientists have debated how nothosaurs swam for a long time. One theory is the reptiles used their paddle-like feet to row with a back-and-forth motion. A second theory has the dinosaurs sweeping their forepaddles in a figure-eight motion
252 million years ago the largest extinction event occurred at the end of the Permian age. It wiped out almost 90 percent of all life in water.
A team of paleontologists has leaped head-long into an ancient collection of poo believed to be about 240 million years old.
The integration of Pangea that began during the early Permian period may have caused the environment to deteriorate, playing a role in the mass extinction event that occurred 250 million years ago.
As mammals were trying to emerge from the shadows of dinosaurs 100 million years ago, there was a dramatic proliferation of flowering plants species. However, instead of early mammals benefiting from new food and shelter opportunities that would have been provided by the plants, they experienced a decline during the mid-Cretaceous.
Mass extinction certainly sounds like it would be the end of the line, and perhaps even evoke images of the end of the world. However, new research suggests that the end can also be the beginning.
Edwin Harris Colbert (September 28, 1905 – November 15, 2001), known as “Ned” to his friends and colleagues, was a distinguished American Paleontologist. He helped popularize the study of dinosaurs through his prolific research, writings, and 40 years of work as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Colbert was born in Clarinda, Iowa, but moved to Maryville, Missouri during infancy. Like many young children, and most of his predecessors and contemporaries,...
- A political dynamiter.