‘Herd’ of Opal Dinosaurs

‘Herd’ of opal dinosaurs found, according to reports in UNE News 30 May 2019 and National Geographic 3 June 2019, and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology published online: 3 June 2019 doi: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1564757. A team of scientists led by Phil Bell of University of New England, (UNE) Armidale, Australia, have found “remains from a herd of […]

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Tree Amber Contains Sea Shells

Tree amber contains sea shells, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and Science Alert 13 May 2019, and PNAS 13 May doi: 10.1073/pnas.1821292116. An international team of scientists has used CT scanning to identify a large number of fossilised creatures trapped in a piece of Burmese amber. Amber is fossilised tree resin and often […]

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Fossil School of Fish

Fossil school of fish found and described in Science Alert and Live Science 30 May 2019, and Proceedings of the Royal Society B 29 May 2019 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0891. Researchers from Arizona State University and Mizuta Memorial Museum have studied a 57cm x 37.5cm (22.4 x 14.8 inches) slab of “greyish limestone shale” containing the fossils […]

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Guardian Newspaper Changes Climate Language

Guardian newspaper changes climate language, explains an article entitled “Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment” in The Guardian, 17 May 2019. The Guardian newspaper has issued changes to it style guide for articles on climate and environmental issues. The style guide now includes the following directives: “Climate change is […]

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“Ancient Four-Legged Whale”

“Ancient four-legged whale” found, claim ScienceDaily 4 April 2019, BBC News 5 April 2019, about a fossil described in Current Biology 4 April 2019 doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.050. An international team of palaeontologists from Peru, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium who were exploring in Peru have found a jaw bone, forelimb and hind limb bones, the […]

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Remarkably Modern Fossil Skink

Remarkably modern fossil skink found, according to reports in ScienceDaily 1 May 2019, and Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology published online doi: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1577873. Palaeontologist from Flinders University, Australia, who were excavating the Riversleigh fossil site in northern Australia have found a fossil skink “remarkably similar to modern social skinks”.  Skinks are type of lizard common in […]

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New Philippino Human Species

New Philippino human species found, claim scientists in BBC News, Science (AAAS) News, ScienceDaily and Nature 11 April 2019 doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1067-9. A team of scientists led by Armand Mijares of University of the Philippines, Quezon City explored a cave in the Philippine island of Luzon and found seven teeth, two finger bones, two toe bones, […]

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Giant African Carnivore

Giant African carnivore fossil found, according to reports in National Geographic, Science (AAAS) News, ScienceDaily 18 April 2019 and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, published online 17 April 2019, doi: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1570222. Palaeontologists in Kenya were looking through drawers in a Nairobi Museum and found the jaw and some pieces of skull, bones and teeth of an […]

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Aussie Footballer Becomes Test of Free Speech

Israel Folau is a highly successful Rugby Union player who has represented Australia many times. He is a committed Christian who regularly proclaims Christ on his personal Instagram account. On 10 April 2019 he posted a photo of poster warning that Hell awaits those who don’t repent of their sins. The poster included this list of […]

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Fossil ‘Meteorite Impact Dino Graveyard’,

Fossil ‘meteorite impact dino graveyard’, according to reports in BBC News, National Geographic and ScienceDaily 29 March 2019, CNN and Science News 1 April 2019, and PNAS published online 1 April 2019, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1817407116. Palaeontologists in North Dakota USA have found a fossil graveyard they claim was formed as a result of the impact of […]

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