Fungus Unchanged For 400 Million Years

Fungus unchanged for 400 million years, as reported in Botany One 29 June 2020, and Annals of Botany 24 June 2020, doi: 10.1093/aob/mcaa113.  Scientists have studied thin sections of the fossil bearing Lower Devonian Rhynie chert in Scotland, which is dated as 410 million years old.  They found exquisitely preserved reproductive structures, known as spore-saccule […]

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Mahogany Seeds

Oldest Mahogany

Oldest mahogany found, according to ScienceDaily and University of Kansas News 15 April 2020, and American Journal of Botany 5 January 2020 doi: 10.1002/ajb2.1416.  Brian Atkinson of University of Kansa has studied a fossilised fruit found in a rock collected on Shelter Point on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and identified it as belonging to […]

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Oldest Non-Stromatolites

Oldest non-stromatolites found, according to Nature News and Views, vol. 563, pp190-191 8 November 2018. In 2016 scientists claim to have identified fossilised algal mats, knowns as stromatolites, in rocks of the Isua Supracrustal Belt, Greenland, dated as 3.7 billion years.  This made them the oldest stromatolites ever found, displacing 3.45 billion year dated rocks […]

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Oldest Pterosaur

Oldest pterosaur found, as reported in Science (AAAS) News 13 August 2018, BBC News 14 August 2018, and Nature Ecology & Evolution 13 August 2018 doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0627-y. Palaeontologists excavating a fossil site in Utah, USA have found remains of a pterosaur, an extinct flying reptile.  The fossil site where it was found has yielded over […]

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Oldest Rainforest Frogs

Oldest rainforest frogs found, according to BBC news, National Geographic News, and ScienceDaily, 14 June 2018 and Scientific Reports Scientific Reports, 14 June 2018, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-26848-w. Scientists from University of Florida and China University of Geosciences in Beijing have found the remains of four tiny frogs embedded in specimens of amber originally collected in Burma. […]

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Stick Insect

Stick Disguise Evolved Early

Stick disguise evolved early, claim scientists, according to reports in Nature News 25 April 2018 and Proceedings of Royal Society B 25 April 2018 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.042. Stick insects, as their name suggests, have long slender bodies and many have plate-like projections called lamellae, which also help make them look like twigs. These features are considered […]

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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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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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