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Discoveries of fossil eggs, including one in Antarctica, show that dinosaurs and marine reptiles laid softshell eggs

This is a collection of fossilized Protoceratops eggs and embryos discovered in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. They provide evidence that dinosaurs laid soft shell eggs. These tools, made from the bones and teeth of monkeys and smaller mammals, were recovered from the Fa-Hien Lena cave in Sri Lanka. The sharp tips served as arrowheads. This labeled map shows the …

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Fossil traces of an old crocodile that “ran like an ostrich”

An artist’s impression of how one of these creatures might have looked Scientists were stunned to find that some old crocodiles might have moved on two legs. The evidence comes from beautifully preserved fossil records in South Korea. Almost a hundred of these 18 to 24 cm long wells remained in the probably muddy sediments that surrounded a lake in …

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Incredible fossil find is the oldest known parasite

Enlarge /. Artist’s impression of what this brachiopod – and its parasites – would have looked like. Zhifei Zhang (Northwest University) From the perspective of a legacy-seeking creature deep in the earth’s history, there is little chance that you will reach the big time. The chances of being petrified are slim enough. You must die in the right place, be …

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Fossil one of the last megaraptors in the world in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, May 18 (Reuters) – Paleontologists at the Argentine Natural History Museum said Monday they found the remains of a megaraptor, 70 million years old, making it one of the last carnivorous dinosaurs to inhabit the earth. The discovery was made in the southern province of Santa Cruz in mid-March this year. After examining the 10 meter high fossils, …

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Old “squid attack” in 200 million year old fossil

At one time, a bizarre squid-like creature had arms covered with hooks that allowed researchers to attack and completely crush the prey of their prey. A 200-million-year-old fossil representing the violent attack has been found on the coast of Dorset and East Devon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the south coast of New England. Malcolm Hart, emeritus professor of …

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66 million year old fossil “Crazy Beast” discovered in Madagascar

In evolutionary terms, islands are the stuff of craziness. It is on islands where animals, often over millions of years, develop in isolation, with different food sources, competitors, predators and parasites … in fact, everything is different than on the mainland. As a result, they develop into different shapes and sizes and develop into new species that will produce even …

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Fossil shows cold-blooded frogs that lived in the warm Antarctic

A 40 million year old frog fossil has shown that cold-blooded frogs once lived in a warm Antarctic. In 2015 by the Swedish vertebrate paleontologist, Dr. Thomas Mörs, specimen discovered is most likely related to a species currently living in South America. Mörs, who is affiliated with the Swedish Museum of Natural History, announced the find on Thursday in the …

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The analysis of the fossil record indicates the evolutionary origins of the structural colors of insects

Artistic reconstruction of the proboscis type examined. Photo credit: James McKay Researchers at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have analyzed scales obtained from the wing cases of two fossil weevils from the late Pleistocene (around 13,000 years ago) in order to better understand the origin of light-scattering nanostructures in today’s insects available. The researchers, …

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New fossil named after the character “Lord of the Rings” is related to mysterious reptiles

This illustration shows Elessaurus gondwanoccidens, a long-legged reptile that lived in South America during the early Triassic. It is a cousin of other mysterious early reptiles that emerged after the mass extinction in Perm 250 million years ago. In this picture the skeletal remains of the Homo antecessor can be seen. A recent study suggests that antecessor is a sister …

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Fossil treasure trove illuminates ancient antipodal ecology – HeritageDaily

– Advertising – The oldest known animals and plants preserved in amber from South Gondwana are reported in Scientific reports this week. Gondwana, the super continent from South America, Africa, Madagascar, India, Antarctica and Australia, broke away from the Pangea super continent around 200 million years ago. The results promote our understanding of ecology in Australia and New Zealand during …

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