Category: Anthropology/Paleontology

Dinosaur chase scene reconstructed

Dinosaur chase scene reconstructed

Via BBC Scientists have digitally reconstructed the scene of a dinosaur chase – preserved in the mud of an ancient river bed in Texas. The tracks were left by two dinosaurs more than 110 million years ago. Seventy years ago, the whole trackaway was removed from the river bed and divided into blocks, which were moved to different locations for study…..

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Monster turtle fossils re-united

Monster turtle fossils re-united

Via BBC Two halves of a fossil bone found more 160 years apart have finally allowed scientists to scale one of the biggest sea turtles that ever lived. Atlantochelys mortoni was originally described from a broken arm bone, or humerus, found in the 1840s in the US state of New Jersey. Remarkably, the missing portion has also now been unearthed…..  

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Skull fragments reveal new ancient crocodile species

Skull fragments reveal new ancient crocodile species

Two fossilised skull fragments from a 2ft (60cm) crocodile found on the Isle of Wight point to the discovery of a new ancient species, a study has found. The pieces – a snout and back part of the skull – were found by different private collectors three months apart. Experts at the Dinosaur Isle museum near Sandown found the 126 million-year-old fragments […]

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Canadian fossil bed found by scientists hailed as ‘motherlode’

Canadian fossil bed found by scientists hailed as ‘motherlode’

Scientists say a recently located fossil site on the Alberta-B.C. border is already yielding major new discoveries about early animal evolution. The Marble Canyon fossil beds were located in 2012 by a team of Canadian, U.S. and Swedish researchers in Kootenay National Park, about 40 kilometres from the 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale in YohoNational Park — which is considered one of the most important fossil fields in the world…. Image […]

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Ancient American’s genome mapped

Ancient American’s genome mapped

Present-day Native Americans are descended from some of the continent’s earliest settlers, a genetic study suggests. Scientists sequenced the genome of a one-year-old boy who died in what is now Montana about 12,500 years ago. Some researchers have raised questions about the origins of early Americans, with one theory even proposing a link to Ice Age Europeans. But the Nature study places the […]

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‘Mother Lode’ of Amazingly Preserved Fossils Discovered in Canada

‘Mother Lode’ of Amazingly Preserved Fossils Discovered in Canada

A treasure trove of fossils chiseled out of a canyon in Canada’s Kootenay National Park rivals the famous Burgess Shale, the best record of early life on Earth, scientists say. ”Once we started to break fresh rock, we realized we had discovered something incredibly special,” said Robert Gaines, a geologist at Pomona College in Pomona, Calif., and co-author of a new […]

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The mummies of Qilakitsoq and the Inuit baby that captured hearts around the world

The mummies of Qilakitsoq and the Inuit baby that captured hearts around the world

His little face still stares upwards, as if eternally waiting for his mother.  From the moment he was discovered, the little Inuit baby captured hearts with his photograph plastered on magazines and news stories around the world. When he was first found, he was believed to be a doll, but it was soon discovered that it was actually the body […]

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‘Animal Pompeii’ wiped out China’s ancient creatures

‘Animal Pompeii’ wiped out China’s ancient creatures

The puzzle of how a 120-million-year-old animal graveyard in China formed may have been solved. Scientists believe that the creatures from the lower Cretaceous era were instantly killed by volcanic eruptions similar to the violent blast that hit the Roman city of Pompeii. Much like the residents of the city, the animals were entombed in ash and frozen in their death throes….

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Triassic Era ‘Swamp Monster’ Found in West Texas

Triassic Era ‘Swamp Monster’ Found in West Texas

The fossilized head of crocodile-like “swamp monster” from the Triassic period is a new species of phytosaur, according to the scientists that unearthed it in the wilderness of west Texas. The phytosaur somehow died in an oxbow lake and sank to the bottom about 205 million years ago, becoming entombed in sediment and soil…. Image credit:  Lacey Nobles

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The human skull that challenges the Out of Africa theory

The human skull that challenges the Out of Africa theory

This is the account of the discovery of a skull that has the potential to change what we know about human evolution, and a suppression and cover-up which followed.    In 1959, in an area called Chalkidiki in Petralona, Northern Greece, a shepherd came across a small opening to a cave, which became visible when a thick covering of snow […]

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