Trilobites

Oldest Eyes Like Modern Eyes

Oldest eyes like modern eyes, claim scientists in reports in ScienceDaily 6 December 2017, BBC News 7 December 2017 and PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1716824114, published online 4 December 2017. A group of scientists from Scotland, Germany and Estonia have studied the eyes of a trilobite fossil Schmidtiellus reetae found in Estonia rocks dated as 530 million years […]

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Fire Salamander

Petrified Salamander

Petrified salamander found, as reported in ScienceDaily 3 October 2017, and PeerJ, 2017; 5: e3861 doi: 10.7717/peerj.3861, 3 October 2017. Scientists from Switzerland and France have studied an “exceptionally preserved” fossil of a salamander named Phosphotriton sigei. The fossil is dated as 35-40 million years old and belongs to the same family as living ‘fire […]

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Mesosaur Scoliosis

Fossil Bone Diseases

Fossil bone diseases found, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News, PLoS ONE doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185338, 21 September 2017 and ResearchGate conference papers June 2017. Scientists from Poland and USA have found the fossil of a mesosaur, an extinct marine reptile, with a spinal deformity that caused an abnormal curvature of its spine. The deformity is […]

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Ankylosaurs

Best Ever Ankylosaur

Best Ever Ankylosaur found, according to reports in BBC News, Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 3 August 2017 and Current Biology doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.071 published online 3 August 2017. Scientists at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Canada have studied the fossil of an exquisitely preserved Ankylosaur, a squat short legged vegetarian dinosaur covered with thick scales […]

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Sugar Glider

Jurassic Glider

Jurassic glider found, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 9 August 2017. Scientists in China have found two fossils of gliding mammals, similar to living flying squirrels and gliding possums. Both fossils are exquisitely preserved showing the folds of skin between the body and limbs that could be extended for gliding flight. […]

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Wolf Sized Otter

Wolf sized otter found, according to articles in ScienceDaily 23 January 2017 and ABC News and BBC News 24 January 2017. An international team of scientists in the USA, France, and China have studied the fossil of a giant extinct otter named Siamogale melilutra. It was found in Yunnan Province, Southwestern China, and is dated […]

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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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Spider Ages by 80 Million Years

Spider ages by 80 million years, according to a report in Cretaceous Research, Volume 27, June 2006, Pages 442-446. David Penney and Paul Selden have found the first fossils of a spider that now lives in New Zealand. The fossils were found in Cretaceous ambers found in Manitoba and Alberta in Canada. The fossils are […]

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Snakes Ate Dinosaurs

Snakes ate dinosaurs, according to articles in ScienceDaily, BBC News and PLoS Biology, 2 March 2010. An international team of scientists has found a fossil snake buried with several dinosaur eggs and a newly hatched baby dinosaur. The snake was about 3.5m (11 ft) and had a mouth large enough to swallow whole the half […]

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Snake Leg Loss

Snake leg loss described in articles in ScienceShots and ScienceDaily 7 February 2011, ABC News in Science and BBC News, 8 Feb 2011, and Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology vol. 31 p2, January 2011. No living snakes have legs but three fossil snakes have been found with tiny back legs. A group of French and German […]

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