Earth and Environment - Paleontology

Rare organ preservation in Brazilian fossil fishes

Fossils in Brazil indicate a more complex evolutionary history for ray-finned fish brains than previously anticipated, according to new research. Rodrigo Tinoco Figueroa , a Brazilian doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, and colleagues not only found well-preserved brains in late Paleozoic ray-finned fishes, they also discovered other soft tissues-such as fragments of the heart and eyes, meninges and gill filaments-a rarity in paleontology due to the scarcity of the fossil record.

Second great ape species discovered at Hammerschmiede fossil site

Paleontology - Life Sciences

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unknown ape species in the Hammerschmiede clay pit in southern Germany.

Artificial intelligence closes the gaps in the fossil archive

Paleontology - Computer Science

The patchy fossil record makes it difficult for paleontologists to draw an accurate picture of the extent of past biodiversity and to understand how it has changed over time. A study led by Rebecca Cooper and Daniele Silvestro from the University of Fribourg shows how artificial intelligence (AI) can make this task easier

First ’warm-blooded’ dinosaurs may have emerged 180 million years ago

The ability to regulate body temperature, a trait all mammals and birds have today, may have evolved among some dinosaurs early in the Jurassic period about 180 million years ago, suggests a new study led by UCL and University of Vigo researchers.

Clawed animals lived in the hammer mill

Paleontology - Environment

From today's perspective, they look like a cross between a horse and a gorilla: clawed animals (Chalicotheriidae) had a massive body and a horse-li

Manchester paleontologist unearths what may be the largest known marine reptile

Part of the research team in 2020 examining the initial finds (at the back) of the new discovery made by Ruby and Justin Reynolds. Additional sections of the bone were subsequently discovered.

Paleontology - Apr 9

Do some mysterious bones belong to gigantic ichthyosaurs?

Paleontology

A study carried out at the University of Bonn sheds light on a mystery that has puzzled paleontologists for 150 years.

’Missing’ sea sponges discovered

Paleontology - Life Sciences

The discovery, published in Nature, opens a new window on early animal evolution. At first glance, the simple, spikey sea sponge is no creature of mystery.

Paleontology - May 15

Summers warm more than winters, fossil shells reveal

In a warmer climate, summers warm much faster than winters in northwestern Europe. That is the conclusion of research into fossil shells by an international team of earth scientists. With this knowledge we can better map the consequences of current global warming in the North Sea area.

Paleontology - May 8

Weegie scampi: Discovery of ancient Glaswegian shrimp fossil unveils new species

Paleontology

A short but robust little shrimp may have died out over 330 million years ago during the Carboniferous period, but the rare Scottish shellfish has bee

Gigantic Jurassic raptor footprints unearthed

Scientists have discovered the tracks of a 5 metre-long raptor dinosaur, challenging what was previously known about the species' size range.

Seed ferns: plants experimented with complex leaf vein networks 201 million years ago

Paleontology - Life Sciences

Flowering plant-type leaf veins died out and re-evolved several times in the course of the Earth's history.

Temple bones in the skulls of dinosaurs and humans alike were formed by feeding habits

Life Sciences - Paleontology

Whether human or reptile: in the skull of most terrestrial vertebrates there is a gaping hole in the temple; in the case of most reptiles, there are two.

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