Startlingly Modern Kangaroo Fossil

Startlingly modern kangaroo fossil found, according to reports in La Trobe University Media Report and The Age, 4 June 2008. Ben Kear, a palaeontologist at La Trobe University, and Neville Pledge of the South Australian Museum have been studying a kangaroo fossil found in the Ngama Quarry, Lake Eyre Basin, central Australia. The fossil has […]

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Silurian Sea Spider

Silurian sea spider preserved by volcanic eruption, according to a report in BBC News Online and ScienceNOW 21 October 2004. Sea spiders are delicate creatures with long thin legs that are rarely fossilised. Oxford University Palaeontologist Derek Siveter and colleagues have found the oldest most complete fossil sea spider preserved in volcanic rock in Hertfordshire, […]

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Sexy Daddy-Long-Legs

Sexy daddy-long-legs the same way for 400 million years, according a report in New Scientist, 20 September 2003, p19. A team of palaeontologists led by Jason Dunlop of Humboldt University found fossilised harvestmen (a type of spider commonly known as daddy-long-legs) in silica formations at Rhymie, near Aberdeen in Scotland that are believed to be […]

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Pigeon DNA Proves Darwin Right

“Pigeon DNA proves Darwin right” claims Nature News 31 January 2013 in a genetic study of pigeon breeds also reported in ScienceNOW 31 January 2013. Charles Darwin spent many years breeding many varieties of pigeons, and wrote about them in Origin of Species. According to Nathan Young, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, […]

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Jurassic Shrimp Lives

Jurassic shrimp lives, according to a report in New Scientist News 10 December 2006 and ABC (Australia) News in Science, 11 Dec 2006. Researchers carrying out a census of marine life have turned up a shrimp that was believed to have been extinct for 50 million years. The creature, named Neoglyphea neocaledonia, was found alive […]

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Jurassic Beaver Swam With Dinosaurs

Jurassic beaver swam with dinosaurs according to articles in BBC News and news@nature and Science vol 311, p1123, 24 February 2006. A team of palaeontologists led by Zhe-xi Luo of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, have found a fossil of a beaver-like animal in rocks from China. The fossil is about half a […]

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Indian Frog Living Fossil

Indian frog is a living fossil, as reported in Nature vol. 425, p711, 16 October 2003. Scientists have analysed the DNA of a strange purple burrowing frog recently discovered in India and found it is similar to some frogs that are only found in the Seychelles Islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The […]

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Hybrids Produced New Species

Hybrids produced new species, according to a report in New Scientist, 16 August 2003, p12. A team of scientists led by Loren Rieseberg of Indiana University, Bloomington USA studied the genes of five species of sunflower and came to the conclusion that three of them were hybrids descended from the other two. The “hybrid” species […]

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Harvestmen Haven’t Changed

Harvestmen haven’t changed according to an article in BBC News 18 May 2005. Jason Dunlop and colleagues from the Museum fur Naturkunde, Germany have found a “100 million-year-old arachnid, which looked like it might have died last year” preserved in amber. It is a harvestman, a spider-like creature with a small body and long thin […]

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Aussie “Jurassic” Tree

Aussie ‘Jurassic’ tree takes root in London, reports ABC News Wednesday May 11, 2005. A ‘Jurassic’ tree dating from the dinosaur age and long thought to have been extinct for millions of years has been planted at a park in London by British wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough. One of the rarest trees in the […]

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