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Paleontology - Life Sciences - 01.12.2020
William Clemens, expert on fossil mammals, dies at 88
Bill Clemens had been excavating fossils in eastern Montana's Hell Creek Formation for more than 10 years, focusing primarily on the small mammals that scurried around the feet of dinosaurs and other

Paleontology - Environment - 27.10.2020
Antarctica yields oldest fossils of giant birds with 21-foot wingspans
An artist's depiction of ancient albatrosses harassing a pelagornithid - with its fearsome toothed beak - as penguins frolic in the oceans around Antarctica 50 million years ago.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 22.10.2020
Bat-winged dinosaurs that could glide
Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, according to a new study led by an international team of researchers, including McGill University Professor Hans Larsson. Unable to compete with other tree-dwelling dinosaurs and early birds, they went extinct after just a few million years.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 16.10.2020
World's greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness
World’s greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness
The origin of endothermy in synapsids, including the ancestors of mammals. The diagram shows the evolution of main groups through the Triassic, and the scale from blue to red is a measure of the degree of warm-bloodedness reconstructed based on different indicators of bone structure and anatomy.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 27.08.2020
Weathering the tough times: Fossil evidence of 'hibernation-like' state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal
Weathering the tough times: Fossil evidence of ’hibernation-like’ state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal
Hibernation is a familiar feature on Earth today. Many animals - especially those that live close to or within polar regions - hibernate to get through the tough winter months when food is scarce, temperatures drop and days are dark.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 02.07.2020
New species of Ichthyosaur discovered in museum collection
Hauffiopteryx altera (Latin for different from ) has been identified as a new species of Ichthyosaurs by researchers from McGill University and the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart in Germany.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 17.06.2020
Tracking Australia's gigantic carnivorous dinosaurs
Tracking Australia’s gigantic carnivorous dinosaurs
North America had the T. rex , South America had the Giganotosaurus and Africa the Spinosaurus - now evidence shows Australia had gigantic predatory dinosaurs. The discovery came in University of Queensland research, led by palaeontologist Dr Anthony Romilio , which analysed southern Queensland dinosaur footprint fossils dated to the latter part of the Jurassic Period, between 165 and 151 million-year-ago.

Paleontology - History / Archeology - 11.06.2020
Diving for the Bones of the Ice Age
Cave divers carefully maneuver the giant ground sloth's pelvis through Hoyo Negro. Photo Credit: Sam Meacham, CINDAQ F or thousands of years, the massive pelvis lay undisturbed at the bottom of the watery black pit.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 29.05.2020
When Somerset lay beneath the sea
When Somerset lay beneath the sea
The evidence consists of limestone pebbles that carry borings made by molluscs as well as oysters. These pebbles were torn up from the underlying Carboniferous limestone which formed the basic landscape all over Somerset and across the Severn Estuary to South Wales.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 13.05.2020

Paleontology - 13.05.2020
T. rex was a champion walker, super-efficient at lower speeds
While smaller dinosaurs needed speed, huge predators like T. rex were optimized for energy-efficient walking, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 24.04.2020
'Dino Cave' reveals dinosaur crouch walkers
’Dino Cave’ reveals dinosaur crouch walkers
Old photos from Mount Morgan's sealed off ‘Dino Cave' have shed light onto new and unusual Aussie dinosaur behaviours, thanks to University of Queensland research.

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 25.03.2020
In Earth’s largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover
Researchers dated ash deposits from this hill, called a koppie in South Africa. The lower part of koppie Loskop exposes strata from before the end-Permian extinction (Palingkloof Member of the Balfour Formation), while the upper part contains layers deposited after the extinction (Katberg Formation).

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 21.02.2020
Fossilized wing gives clues about Labrador’s biodiversity during the Cretaceous
Channels McGill University News and Events A fossilised insect wing discovered in an abandoned mine in Labrador has led palaeontologists from McGill University and the University of Gda'sk to identify a new hairy cicada species that lived around 100 million years ago.

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 17.02.2020
The dinosaur in the cupboard under the stairs
The dinosaur in the cupboard under the stairs
The mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland has been solved after more than a half a century. University of Queensland palaeontologist Dr Anthony Romilio discovered pieces to a decades-old puzzle in an unusual place - a cupboard under the stairs of a suburban Sydney home.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 31.01.2020
Our image of dinosaurs was shaped by Victorian popularity contests
Our knowledge of dinosaurs has expanded greatly since the public first became aware of their existence, but the history of these animals encompasses more than just the fossils themselves, writes Richard Fallon (UCL Science & Technology Studies).

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 11.12.2019
Newly described fossil whale represents intermediate stage between foot-powered and tail-powered swimming
Newly described fossil whale represents intermediate stage between foot-powered and tail-powered swimming
ç €äoe“中文 हिन्दी Português Español Share on: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn A newly described fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale locomotion, according to a University of Michigan paleontologist and his colleagues.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 03.10.2019

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 27.09.2019
Fish story for the ages: High schooler unearths rare fossil
Each summer, the University of Chicago welcomes high school students from around the world for a unique course on paleontology, which culminates with two weeks of fieldwork spent hunting for fossils.

Paleontology - Environment - 18.09.2019
Coral reefs and squat lobsters flourished 150 million years ago
This modern porcelain crab is really a member of the squat lobster family that became adapted to the same intertidal environment as true crabs.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 21.08.2019

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 15.08.2019
Women don beards to highlight gender bias in science
Leslea Hlusko, a paleoanthropologist, with primate skull casts in Berkeley's Human Evolution Research Center.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 20.06.2019
Mammals and their relatives thrived, diversified during so-called 'Age of Dinosaurs,' researchers show
Mammals and their relatives thrived, diversified during so-called ’Age of Dinosaurs,’ researchers show
Paleontologists are trying to dispel a myth about what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The false narrative has wormed its way into books, lectures and even scientific papers about this long-ago era. The myth's focus isn't on dinosaurs. Its main characters are ancient mammals and their relatives, which together are known as mammaliaforms.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 06.06.2019
Shakes up sloth family tree
One of the world's leading economists explains why our communities could hold the answer to many of society's problems. Sloths once roamed the Americas, ranging from tiny, cat-sized animals that lived in trees all the way up to massive ground sloths that may have weighed up to six tons. The only species we know and love today, however, are the two-toed and three-toed sloths-but paleontologists have been arguing how to classify them, and their ancestors, for decades.

Paleontology - Environment - 12.04.2019

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 25.02.2019
Bristol undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of two species of ancient reptile
Bristol undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of two species of ancient reptile
Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student at the University of Bristol has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions, the skulls of two species of ancient reptile that lived in the Late Triassic, one of which had been previously known only from its jaws.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 04.02.2019
Glasgow will face off with a new dinosaur as Trix the T.rex comes to Town
Image courtesy of Naturalis Visitors to Glasgow will get an amazing opportunity to see one of the best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons when it visits Scotland on the last leg of its European tour.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 10.12.2018
Ancient whale named for UW paleontologist Elizabeth Nesbitt
Ancient whale named for UW paleontologist Elizabeth Nesbitt
A newly discovered species of whale - found preserved in ancient rock on the Oregon coast - has been named for a University of Washington paleontologist.

Paleontology - Environment - 13.11.2018
Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions
Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions
During the late Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago, hundreds of different species of birds flitted around the dinosaurs and through the forests as abundantly as they flit about our woods and fields today.

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 25.10.2018
Q&A: Provost Mark Richards' welcome lecture asks: ‘What really killed the dinosaurs''
Q&A: Provost Mark Richards’ welcome lecture asks: ‘What really killed the dinosaurs’’
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Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 26.07.2018
Classic fossil site re-explored in undergraduate project
Classic fossil site re-explored in undergraduate project
Aust Cliff near Bristol has been known as a rich fossil site since the 1820s. Since then, thousands of people have visited this spectacular location on the banks of the Severn, and collected fossils of ancient sharks and sea dragons.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 11.07.2018
Three Previously Unknown Ancient Primates Identified
Kirk's father and Austin-based artist Randy Kirk produced his own rendering of what the species might have looked like. Painting on marble by Randwolf. AUSTIN, Texas - Biological anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin have described three new species of fossil primates that were previously unknown to science.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 09.07.2018
Innovative online Birmingham courses produce first graduates
A new species of ancient reptile has been described by scientists at the University of Birmingham, filling a critical gap in the fossil record of dinosaur cousins and suggesting that some features thought to characterise dinosaurs evolved much earlier than previously thought. Described in a paper published today in Nature, the carnivorous reptile, Teleocrater rhadinus, was approximately 7-10 feet in length, had a long neck and tail, and walked on four crocodile-like legs.

Paleontology - Physics - 15.08.2017
Unique imaging of a dinosaur's skull tells evolutionary tale
Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skull tells evolutionary tale
Researchers have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast. Collaboration creates highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Aug. 15, 2017-Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 26.07.2017
Large-Mouthed Fish Was Top Predator After Mass Extinction
Possible look of the newly discovered predatory fish species Birgeria americana with the fossil oft he skull shown at bottom right (Artwork: Nadine Bösch) The most catastrophic mass extinction on Earth took place about 252 million years ago - at the boundary between the Permian and Triassic geological periods.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 09.08.2016
Origin of the turtle shell lies in digging
Origin of the turtle shell lies in digging
In today's turtles the shell has a key protective function. The animals can withdraw into it and protect themselves against predators. No other group of vertebrates has modified its physique to such an extent to develop an impenetrable protective structure. “For a long time, paleontologists and developmental biologists puzzled over the origin of the tortoise shell,? explains Torsten Scheyer, a paleontologist at the University of Zurich.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 21.08.2014
Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds
Media Releases Research Using Synchrotron Light New analyses of tiny fossil mammals from South Wales are shedding light on the function and diets of our earliest ancestors, a team led by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Leicester report . The team used CT scanning with synchrotron X-rays at PSI's Swiss Light Source to reveal in unprecedented detail the internal anatomy of the mammals' tiny jaws.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 18.08.2011
Getting inside the mind (and up the nose) of our ancient ancestors
Getting inside the mind (and up the nose) of our ancient ancestors
Reorganisation of the brain and sense organs could be the key to the evolutionary success of vertebrates, one of the great puzzles in evolutionary biology, according to a paper by an international team of researchers, published today in Nature.

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