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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Oldest Amber Arthropods

Oldest amber arthropods found, according to articles in BBC News and Fossil Science 28 August 2012 and PNAS online, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208464109. An international team of scientists has discovered two species of mites preserved in amber found in the Dolomite Alps in northern Italy. Amber is fossilised tree resin, and small creatures can be trapped within […]

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Oldest Mosquito

“Mossie milestone as Polish researcher Wieslaw Krzeminski says he has identified the world’s oldest mosquito, a 240-million-year-old specimen from the University of Strasbourg’s collection. Krzeminski claims his mossie milestone beats the record by 32 million years. No need for insect repellent back then, says the researcher, his specimen was no blood-sucker, preferring to suck the […]

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Six Wolves

At least six wolves were the ancestors of all modern dogs, claimed Dr Deborah Lynch at the March 13th, 2004 American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting. The Grey Asian wolf is the most likely culprit and the descending modern dogs can be grouped into 10 basic types from “sight hounds” (greyhounds) to “toy […]

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Hundred Million Years of Fossil Sex

A hundred million years of fossil sex revealed, according to BBC News 18 June 2009. A new technique for examining the internal structure of fossils has enabled scientists to examine the reproductive organs of ostracods (tiny shellfish) fossils from the Santana Formation in Brazil. The fossils were embedded in rocks that also contained well preserved […]

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