Ancestral Fossil Snake

Ancestral fossil snake found, according a report in ABC (Australia) News in Science, and Nature, 16 Feb 2006. Palaeontologists at the Riversleigh fossil site in Queensland, Australia have found two snake skulls of an extinct snake named Yurlunggur preserved in “soft freshwater limestone” dated at 20 to 25 million years old. Yurlunggur is an Arnhem […]

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Amazon Dinosaur

Amazon dinosaur intrigues scientists, as reported in BBC News 15 January 2004. Researchers from Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have found a 10 metre (32 feet) long fossilised sauropod believed to be 100 million years old. Many scientists have believed looking for fossils in Amazon rainforest would be a waste of time because […]

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Amazingly Intact Ancient Arthropod

Amazingly intact ancient arthropod found according to reports in ScienceDaily 7 & 9 February 2011 and Geology, 2011; DOI: 10.1130/G31648.1. The exoskeletons or hard cuticles of arthropods are formed from chitin fibres embedded in structural proteins. Chitin is a modified carbohydrate made from long chains of a glucose derivative named N-acetylglucosamine. Proteins and carbohydrates are […]

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Alaskan Dinosaurs

Alaskan dinosaurs endured polar winters, according to an article in ScienceDaily 11 April 2012. Researchers from the USA and South Africa have carried out microscopic studies of dinosaur bones found in North Slope Alaska. Most of the bones were of Edmontosaurus, a hadrosaur, and Pachyrhinosaurus, a horned dinosaur. Hadrosaurs are commonly known as “duck-billed dinosaurs” […]

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Triceratops Skeleton

A triceratops skeleton that has been on display since 1905 at the Smithsonian Institution’s museum in Washington DC is cracking up due to vibrations and moisture from visitors walking past and breathing near the specimen. (New Scientist October 23, 1999. p26) Moisture converts iron and sulphur compounds in the bones to iron sulphide, which causes […]

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