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New Zealand unveils plans to tackle trade in bones of extinct moa birds

Crackdown on illegal excavation and smuggling amid fears that scientific and historic heritage is being lostNew Zealand’s conservation minister has released plans to tackle the lucrative trade in the bones of the extinct giant flightless moa bird amid fears that millions of years of science is disappearing as entire skeletons are broken up and sold over the internet or smuggled overseas.Palaeontologists have been lobbying the government for years to crack down on the trade, with fossils illegall...
Tags: Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Fossils, Extinct wildlife

Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colors of Ancient Insects

Fossils rarely retain evidence of an organism’s original color, but these 99-million-year-old amber fossils found in Myanmar are revealing the vibrant hues of another world. Read more...
Tags: Science, Myanmar, Fossils, Insects, Amber, Paleontology, Ancient Insects, Amber Fossils, Now In Technicolor

Infographic: Reefs Through Geologic History is always sending me links to papers that I can download. It is a lure to get me to upgrade my membership. I am grateful for the riches that I have discovered on their site.Last week they sent me a gem-  Palaeoecology: Past, Present and Future by David J. Bottjer. It is a full length book on the field of paleoecology summarizing its scope, its methods, and giving an overview of different ecological domains such as the shallow marine, the pelagic (deep marine), and the terrestrial en...
Tags: Books, Seo, Fossils, Paleoecology, Palaeontology, Environmental Studies, Suvrat Kher, David J Bottjer, Bottjer, Prof Bottjer, James N P

Dinosaurs wiped out by asteroid, not volcanoes, researchers say

Study says surge in volcanic activity could not have caused Cretaceous/Paleogene extinction eventA 66m-year-old murder mystery has finally been solved, researchers say, revealing an enormous asteroid struck the killer blow for the dinosaurs.The Cretaceous/Paleogeneextinction event resulted in about 75% of plants and animals – including non-avian dinosaurs – being wiped out. But the driving cause of the catastrophe has been a topic of hot debate. Continue reading...
Tags: Dinosaurs, Fossils, Palaeontology

Fossils of 'big boned' marsupial shed light on wombat evolution

Mukupirna, meaning ‘big bones’, was probably five times the size of living wombatsFossils of a huge, hairy creature with shovel-shaped hands and unusual teeth could hold clues to the evolution of today’s wombats, researchers say.They say the fossils belong to a new member of a group of marsupials called vombatiforms, and one of the earliest such creatures yet discovered. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Australia news, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Mukupirna

Largest known soft-shell reptile egg discovered in Antarctica

A new article from Nature describes the discovery of a 100-million-year-old fossilized reptile egg with a soft, leathery shell that's nearly a foot long. It's the second-largest egg fossil ever discovered (after the egg of the elephant bird, which had a hard shell about five times thicker), and also the first such discovery made on the continent of Antarctica. As National Geographic summarizes: The 68-million-year-old egg, called Antarcticoolithus bradyi, is the first fossil egg ever found in An...
Tags: Post, News, Eggs, Antarctica, Argentina, Dinosaurs, Dinosaur, Madagascar, Fossils, National Geographic, Antarctic, Michael Greshko, UT Austin, Sea Monsters, Julia Clarke, Anatomically Incorrect Dinosaurs

Tracks Hint at a Crocodile Ancestor That Walked on 2 Legs

Over 100 million years ago in what is now South Korea, evolution experimented with nine-foot-long bipedal reptiles.
Tags: South Korea, News, Research, Kim, Fossils, Reptiles, Paleontology, Lockley, Crocodiles, Scientific Reports (Journal, Your-feed-science, Kyung Soo, Martin (1950-

Life Hatched From Soft Eggs, Some a Foot Long, in Dinosaur Era

A football-size egg from Antarctica and baby dinosaurs from Mongolia and Argentina shine new light on ancient reptile reproduction.
Tags: News, Eggs, Research, Antarctica, Argentina, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Reptiles, Mongolia, Lucas, Paleontology, Fabbri, Matteo, Norell, Fish and Other Marine Life, Nature (Journal

Ancient Two-Legged Crocodile Left Behind These Awesome Footprints

Modern crocodiles are known for their sprawling four-legged gait, but this Cretaceous crocodilian walked on two legs as it prowled prehistoric shores, as evidenced by well-preserved footprints it left behind.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossils, Paleontology, Footprints, Crocodiles, Crocodilians, Ancient Crocodiles

Punctuated Equilibrium Is About Small Subtle Changes

The theory of punctuated equilibrium (PE) put forth by paleontologists Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould proposes that morphological evolution speeds up during lineage splitting events when new species form. In practice, a paleontologist sampling fossil species in a sedimentary section will find that a species over its lifetime does not show any trend in morphological changes. That species eventually goes extinct at a particular interval. Fossils of the inferred descendant species appear abr...
Tags: Media, Seo, Evolution, Fossils, Darwin, Gould, Eldridge, Eldredge, Stephen Jay Gould, Palaeontology, Suvrat Kher, Niles Eldredge, Punctuated Equilibrium, Arthur Porto

This might be the oldest creature to have ever lived on land

An ancient millipede-like creature living in Scotland may have been the first creature to live on land.A fossil representing Kampecaris obanensis was first discovered in 1899 on the Scottish isle of Kerrera. It's now been radiometrically dated to 425 million years ago. If the new research is correct about the age of the fossil, then scientists have been greatly underestimating how rapidly bugs and plants evolved to transition to life on land. Scientists now believe that a fossilized relative o...
Tags: Science, Scotland, Boston, Earth, Geology, Innovation, Evolution, Fossils, Insects, Suarez, University of Texas, University of Massachusetts, Kampecaris, Michael Brookfield, Elizabeth Catlos, Stephanie Suarez

11 Great Alternatives to the Top National Parks

Whether you like hiking, fishing, volcanoes, trees or even fossilized trees, there is a less-traveled and still awe-inspiring national park for you.
Tags: News, National Parks, Volcanoes, Biodiversity, Glaciers, Fossils, Lakes, Deserts, National Park Service, Dunes, Congaree National Park, Travel and Vacations, Trees and Shrubs, Shutdowns (Institutional, Hikes and Hiking, Forests and Forestry

Allosaurus dabbled in cannibalism according to new fossil evidence

Rare fossil evidence of dinosaur cannibalism among the Allosaurus has been discovered. Scientists analyzed dinosaur bones found in the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in western Colorado, paying special attention to bite marks that were present on 2,368 of the bones. It's likely that the predatory carnivore only ate their already-dead peers during times when resources were scarce. Rare fossil evidence of dinosaur cannibalism has been discovered by paleontologists in a large quarry near the Utah-Colorado ...
Tags: Death, Colorado, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Paleontology, PLOS ONE, Utah Colorado, Drumheller, Carnivore, Stephanie Drumheller, Mygatt Moore Quarry

Old Nukes, Hot Dog Toasters, and Dr. Phil: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

As we all try to adjust to our current new reality, I have some thoughts to share with you all. I have come to realize that it is likely that for the next few months, or year, we will have to learn to live with dry, papery hands. At least, that’s what my hands feel like because of all the soap and hand sanitizer in my…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Star Wars, Science, Fbi, Sony, Nuclear Weapons, Roku, Fossils, Dr Phil, Smart Watches, Phil, Best Of Gizmodo, She Ra And The Princesses Of Power, Coronavirus

Rare long-necked dinosaur that roamed the polar world unearthed in Australia

Discovery of a single vertebra of an elaphrosaur in Victoria hugely expands known range of the group, which had teeth as juveniles but beaks as adults A dinosaur relative of T. rex and Velociraptor with an unusually long neck, and which may have transitioned from predator to plant-eater as it reached adulthood, has been unearthed in Victoria.The elaphrosaur was a member of the theropod family of dinosaurs that included all of the predatory species. It stood about the height of a small emu, measu...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Antarctica, Dinosaurs, Victoria, Fossils

Dramatic Fossil Shows a Squid-Like Creature Crushing a Fish in Its Jaws

A re-analysis of a fossil found in England during the 19th century reveals that it depicts a 200-million-year-old scene in which a squid-like creature is still clutching onto its prey.Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Fish, Fossils, Squid, Paleontology, Predation, Ancient Squids

'Crazy Beast' Fossil Discovered in Madagascar Reveals Bizarre Mammal From the Cretaceous

An incredible skeleton unearthed in Madagascar over 20 years ago has finally been studied in detail. The well-preserved bones reveal a “crazy beast” that was unlike any mammal living today.Read more...
Tags: Science, Madagascar, Fossils, Mammals, Paleontology, Ancient Mammals, Cretaceous Period

A Strange Dinosaur May Have Swum the Rivers of Africa

The Spinosaurus possessed a long, powerful tail. Paleontologists think the dinosaur used that to propel itself through water.
Tags: News, Africa, Research, Dinosaurs, Swimming, Fossils, Paleontology, Ibrahim, Nazir, Nature (Journal, Your-feed-science

First Frog Fossil Found on Antarctica

The specimen is some 40 million years old, and is probably related to species currently living in South America.
Tags: News, Research, Frogs, Chile, Antarctica, South America, Fossils, Paleontology, Thomas, Scientific Reports (Journal, Antarctic Regions, Your-feed-science, Mors

When Crocodiles Once Dived Like Dolphins and Whales

They didn’t have blowholes, but an ancient lineage of crocodilians returned to the oceans in a manner similar to some marine mammals.
Tags: News, Research, Fossils, Paleontology, Schwab, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Whales and Whaling, Crocodiles, Ears and Hearing, Dolphins and Porpoises, Evolution (Biology, Oceans and Seas, Your-feed-science, Julia A

Ancient ocean-going crocodiles mimicked whales and dolphins

Thalattosuchians streamlined bodies and adapted inner ears as they adjusted to marine lifeDeadly prehistoric crocodiles mimicked the shape and senses of whales and dolphins to dominate Jurassic seas, new research has found.The extinct crocodiles, thalattosuchia, evolved from their land-living ancestors to become fast swimming predators. Continue reading...
Tags: Scotland, Animals, UK News, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Fossils, Palaeontology, Crocodiles, Extinct wildlife

Scientists digitally reconstruct skulls of dinosaurs in fossilised eggs

Research on Massospondylus carinatus embryos sheds new light on animals’ developmentThe fossilised skulls of dinosaur embryos that died within their eggs about 200m years ago, have been digitally reconstructed by scientists, shedding new light on the animals’ development, and how close they were to hatching.The rare clutch of seven eggs, some of which contain embryos, was discovered in South Africa in 1976, with the developing young found to be a species of dinosaur called Massospondylus carinat...
Tags: Science, South Africa, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Palaeontology

Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa

The excavation found the oldest known Homo erectus, a direct ancestor of our species, living around the same time as other extinct hominins.
Tags: News, David, South Africa, Fossils, Baker, Andy, Paleontology, Stephanie, Strait, La Trobe University, Homo erectus, Endangered and Extinct Species, Evolution (Biology, Science (Journal, Skull (Body Part, Your-feed-science

Scientists Find 2 Mating Flies Trapped in Prehistoric Amber

The discovery was part of a haul of unusual fossils recovered from sites across Australia and New Zealand.
Tags: News, Australia, New Zealand, Fossils, Insects, Amber, Paleontology, Spiders, JEFFREY, Pangaea, Stilwell, Scientific Reports (Journal, Reproduction (Biological, Antarctic Regions, Your-feed-science

Fossilized Vomit and Feces Are Delighting Paleontologists

Fossil skeletons tell us a great deal about extinct species; we couldn’t piece together ancient life without them. Just as important, however, are the fossils that may not immediately tug at our imaginations, fill us with awe, or even be recognizable to non-paleontologists. The traces that an animal made during its…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossils, Paleontology, Vomit, Coprolites

Fossils Show Raptors Prowled North America Late in Dinosaurs’ Era

They were smaller than the creatures that savaged “Jurassic Park,” but may have had superior ability to stalk and take down prey.
Tags: News, Research, Dinosaurs, New Mexico, Animal Behavior, Fossils, Paleontology, Steven, Jasinski, Scientific Reports (Journal, Your-feed-science

Fossil hunters find evidence of 555m-year-old human relative

Ikaria wariootia is half the size of a grain of rice and an early example of a bilateral organism It might not show much of a family resemblance but fossil hunters say a newly discovered creature, that looks like a teardrop-shaped jellybean and is about half the size of a grain of rice, is an early relative of humans and a vast array of other animals.The team discovered the fossils in rocks in the outback of South Australia that are thought to be at least 555m years old. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Australia news, Evolution, University of Cambridge, South Australia, Fossils, Ikaria

What to Name the Oldest Modern Bird Fossil? Wonderchicken

Its skull was found in a chunk of rock that went overlooked for nearly two decades.
Tags: News, Research, Birds, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Ducks, Chickens, Field, Paleontology, Daniel, Juan, Benito, Nature (Journal, Endangered and Extinct Species, Evolution (Biology, Skull (Body Part

'Wonderchicken': oldest fossil of modern bird discovered

Tiny creature, half the size of a mallard, found in rocks dating back to dinosaur ageExperts have discovered a fossil of the world’s oldest known modern bird – a diminutive creature about half the size of a mallard duck.Dubbed the Wonderchicken, the remains were found in rocks dating to about 66.8m to 66.7m years ago, revealing that the bird was active shortly before the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs 66m years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Birds, Belgium, Evolution, University of Cambridge, Fossils

They Knew Saber-Toothed Tigers Were Big. Then They Found This Skull.

It suggests that the prehistoric predators might have been able to feed on even the most giant prey of the Pleistocene era.
Tags: News, Tigers, Uruguay, Fossils, Paleontology, Aldo, Endangered and Extinct Species, Skull (Body Part, Your-feed-science, Manzuetti