Giant Catfish Fossil Found in Egyptian Desert

Giant Catfish Fossil Found in Egyptian Desert Discovered by the first Egyptian woman to pursue a palaeontology degree, the new fish species swam beside leggy whales 37 million years ago. By Nadia Drake, 10th March 2017, http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/giant-catfish-fossil-found-in-egyptian-desert.aspx The new fossil was found in Egypt’s wind-sculpted Wadi Al-Hitan, also called the Valley of the Whales. Photograph By […]

‘Rock Star’ Archaeopteryx Fossil Heads For Japan

‘Rock Star’ Archaeopteryx Fossil Heads For Japan Jonathan Amos Science Correspondent, 8th March 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39198831 London’s Natural History Museum has sent its specimen of Archaeopteryx – the so-called “first bird” – to Japan. It is travelling in Asia with nearly 300 other treasures from the South Kensington institution’s collections. The limestone slabs that contain the […]

200 Million-Year-Old Croc Egg Fossils

200 Million-Year-Old Croc Egg Fossils Found 10th March 2017, http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/326283/200-million-year-old-croc-egg-fossils-found The oldest crocodile eggs known to science have been discovered in the cliffs of western Portugal. They are so well preserved that they give an insight into the “mother croc” that laid them 152 million years ago. Photo: 123rf The prehistoric crocodile ancestor would have […]

Priceless ‘Rock Star’ Fossils

Priceless ‘Rock Star’ Fossils That Links Dinosaurs To Birds Leaves The UK To Go On Show In Japan Archaeopteryx is the missing link between birds and dinosaurs The Late Jurassic Era fossil will be the centrepiece of a global exhibition in Japan The fossil is one of a kind and marked a huge turning point in […]

The Two NASA Missions That Will Study Rocky Fossils

The Two NASA Missions That Will Study Rocky Fossils of a Younger Solar System By Sandhya Ramesh on 06/03/2017, https://thewire.in/114301/lucy-psyche-lagrange-discovery/ Lucy and Psyche are a part of NASA’s Discovery Program, whose raison d’être is to explore our planetary neighbourhood using “faster, better, cheaper” missions. Lucy flying by Eurybates and Psyche, by 16 Psyche, in this artist’s […]

Sketching Science: Meet The Amazing Fossil Artist

Sketching Science: Meet The Fossil Artist Who Reconstructs ‘Lost Worlds’ Danielle Dufault creates artistic renderings of creatures that roamed the Earth millions of years ago By Sherry Noik, 05/03/2017, http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/danielle-dufault-fossil-artist-1.4007095 Danielle Dufault of Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum creates artistic renderings of the mysterious creatures that roamed the Earth millions of years ago. (Jean-Bernard Caron/Royal Ontario Museum) […]

Two Fossil Skulls Discovered

Two Fossil Skulls Discovered In China May Have Belonged To Mysterious Denisovans By Josh Davis, 04/03/2017, http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/two-fossil-skulls-discovered-in-china-may-have-belonged-to-mysterious-denisovans/   The denisova cave, Siberia, in which the first evidence for the ancient human species was found. The Denisovans are a mysterious species of humans who once lived across Siberia and East Asia. Only known from a handful […]

This Dinosaur Map Will Let You Become An Armchair Fossil Hunter

This Dinosaur Map Will Let You Become An Armchair Fossil Hunter By Snappa, 1st March 2017, https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/international/dinosaur-map-will-let-become-armchair-fossil-hunter/Facebook Dinosaur lovers rejoice – someone’s made an interactive map that can tell you what type of dinosaurs lived where and when. Thanks to a public paleobiology database using scientific papers on fossil finds, you can choose an era, […]

How Geologists Found The World’s Oldest Fossils In Canada

How Geologists Found The World’s Oldest Fossils In Canada The geologist who dated what appear to be the world’s oldest fossils on what it took to make the discovery in Quebec Meagan Campbell, March 1st 2017, http://www.macleans.ca/society/science/finding-the-worlds-oldest-fossils/ This microscope image made available by Matthew Dodd in February 2017 shows tiny tubes in rock found in […]

Laser Light Uncovers Hidden Secrets Of Feathered Dinosaur Fossils

Laser Light Uncovers Hidden Secrets Of Feathered Dinosaur Fossils By Kristin Hugo, February 28th 2017 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/laser-light-uncovers-hidden-secrets-feathered-dinosaur-fossils/ The wing of the bird-like feathered Anchiornis dinosaur under laser-stimulated fluorescence. The folds of skin in front of the elbow and behind the wrist (called patagia) were covered in feathers, just like in modern living birds. Photo by Wang […]

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