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  • Fossil Discovery Is Heralded

    05/19/2009 7:17:53 AM PDT · by mnehring · 89 replies · 3,040+ views
    In what could prove to be a landmark discovery, a leading paleontologist said scientists have dug up the 47 million-year-old fossil of an ancient primate whose features suggest it could be the common ancestor of all later monkeys, apes and humans. Anthropologists have long believed that humans evolved from ancient ape-like ancestors. Some 50 million years ago, two ape-like groups walked the Earth. One is known as the tarsidae, a precursor of the tarsier, a tiny, large-eyed creature that lives in Asia. Another group is known as the adapidae, a precursor of today's lemurs in Madagascar. Based on previously limited...
  • Rare prehistoric pregnant turtle found in Utah

    05/08/2009 5:57:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies · 1,537+ views
    AP ^ | May 08, 2009 | MIKE STARK
    Paleontologists say a 75-million-year-old turtle fossil uncovered in southern Utah has a clutch of eggs inside, making it the first prehistoric pregnant turtle found in the United States. At least three eggs are visible from the outside of the fossil, and ...studying images taken from a CT scan in search of others inside. the turtle was probably about a week from laying her eggs ...
  • The Evolution Interpreter: Generic Transition Form Fossil Discovery Article

    04/22/2009 1:11:09 PM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 94 replies · 1,515+ views
    Vanity ^ | 04/22/2009 | Liberty1970
    Over the years I’ve read copiously on the subject of origins. I’ve noticed the media pronouncements on the subject of new fossils and evolutionary theory form a startlingly repetitive pattern. To save the over-worked and increasingly bankrupt news media I’ve undertaken to serve them with a generic news story that can be copy-and-pasted with few modifications and reused as frequently as desired. New Fossil Discovery Is Transition Form, Provides Proof of Evolution! University of ________ Scientists say they’ve found a “missing link” in the early evolution of ______ - the skeleton of a ______ that was evolving away from ______...
  • Gang of Juvenile Dinosaurs Discovered

    03/24/2009 11:20:12 AM PDT · by Soothesayer · 28 replies · 782+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | Robin Lloyd
    Three juvenile Triceratops, a species thought to be solitary, died together in a flood and now have been found in a 66 million-year-old bone bed in Montana, lending more evidence to the idea that teen dinosaurs were gregarious gangsters. Triceratops were ceratopsids, herbivorous dinosaurs that lived until the the very end of the Cretaceous Period. They have been found in enormous bone beds of multiple individuals, but all known Triceratops fossils up to now have been solitary individuals. In fact, Triceratops is one of the best-known of all dinosaurs, with more than 50 total specimens discovered, so it looked pretty...
  • Unknown lifeform discovered in ancient fossil

    03/15/2009 8:40:14 AM PDT · by BGHater · 27 replies · 915+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 14 Mar 2009
    Traces of an unknown lifeform have been found in rocks in a secret location in Devon in south west England. The animal, which made large burrows through sediment at the bottom of desert wadis in Torbay some 260 million years ago,could be unknown to science. Scientists from around the world will be informed of the mystery when the findings are officially published later this year. It comes as nine other sites in the area have been officially recognised as of national and international importance geologically. Geologist Kevin Page from Plymouth University, said they had been unable to find any known...
  • Archbishop who ran arms to PLO said aboard seized Gaza aid ship

    02/05/2009 6:53:24 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 16 replies · 848+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2-5-09 | Anshel Pfeffer, Avi Issacharoff and Roni Singer-Heruti,
    The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday confirmed that its navy had taken control of a Lebanese ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip and redirected it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. Military sources said that on board the vessel - dubbed the "Brotherhood Ship" - were nine people, including Greek-Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem Monsignor Hilarion Capucci, who was arrested in 1974 after caught smuggling weapons from Lebanon to activists in the Palestine Liberation Organization. Capuccini was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but was released after three years upon a papal request to the Israeli government. He has made...
  • Tropical Turtle Fossil Found in Arctic

    02/01/2009 1:11:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 2,487+ views on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/09 | LiveScience Staff
    The last place scientists expected to find the fossil of a freshwater, tropical turtle was in the Arctic. But they did. The discovery, detailed today in the journal Geology, suggests animals migrated from Asia to North America not around Alaska, as once thought, but directly across a freshwater sea floating atop the warm, salty Arctic Ocean. It also provides additional evidence that a rapid influx of carbon dioxide some 90 million years ago was the likely cause of a super-greenhouse effect that created extraordinary heat in the polar region. "We've known there's been an interchange of animals between Asia and...
  • Tom Brokaw's Revenge? Calls Out 'Bigots and Rednecks' on Obama Inauguration Day: 'Take This!'

    01/20/2009 3:52:09 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 80 replies · 4,045+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 20, 2009 | Tim Graham
    Sitting in a Washington bar with the Morning Joe crew on MSNBC Tuesday morning, former NBC anchor grew emotional remembering the 1960s. "I get very emotional. It has been hard for me to walk through the streets. And I think that the day is going to be very emotional." Brokaw even grew bold enough to tell the "bigots and rednecks" he met in the Sixties "when we were evolving as a country" to suffer through the Obama inauguration: "Take this. You know?" The Morning Joe crew was discussing how Barack Obama was so different than past administrations in their lack...
  • Prehistoric Oregon latrine trove of fossil DNA

    09/22/2008 2:06:38 PM PDT · by BGHater · 32 replies · 310+ views
    AP ^ | 21 Sep 2008 | Jeff Barnard
    For some 85 years, homesteaders, pot hunters and archaeologists have been digging at Paisley Caves, a string of shallow depressions washed out of an ancient lava flow by the waves of a lake that comes and goes with the changing climate. Until now, they have found nothing conclusive-arrowheads, baskets, animal bones and sandals made by people who lived thousands of years ago on the shores of what was then a 40-mile-long lake, but is now a sagebrush desert on the northern edge of the Great Basin. But a few years ago, University of Oregon archaeologist Dennis Jenkins and his students...
  • Dinosaurs Diversified Over Time, Not Suddenly (Wouldn't ALL fossil fuel contain DNA?)

    08/02/2008 11:40:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 102 replies · 1,059+ views ^ | 7/23/08
    Dinosaurs Diversified Over Time, Not SuddenlyMany Species, Many, Many Years July 23, 2008 The belief that dinosaurs underwent explosive species diversification just before they were wiped out is an illusion, for the beasts' main evolutionary shifts took place millions of years before, a study says. The strange demise of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous era some 65 million years ago has given rise to a popular view that almost has the tinge of Greek tragedy. Just as the rulers of the Earth had reached their evolutionary zenith, a catastrophic event -- possibly a space rock that slammed...
  • Fossil Suggests Antarctica Much Warmer in Past

    07/24/2008 9:04:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 248+ views ^ | 7/22/08 | Andrea Thompson
    A college student's new discovery of fossils collected in the East Antarctic suggests that the frozen polar cap was once a much balmier place. The well-preserved fossils of ostracods, a type of small crustaceans, came from the Dry Valleys region of Antarctica's Transantarctic Mountains and date from about 14 million years ago. The fossils were a rare find, showing all of the ostracods' soft anatomy in 3-D. The fossils were discovered by Richard Thommasson during screening of the sediment in research team member Allan Ashworth's lab at North Dakota State University. Because ostracods couldn't survive in the current Antarctic climate,...
  • Humans Wore Shoes 40,000 Years Ago, Fossil Suggests

    07/01/2008 8:09:54 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 165+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 7-1-2008 | Scott Norris
    Humans Wore Shoes 40,000 Years Ago, Fossil SuggestsScott Norris for National Geographic NewsJuly 1, 2008 Humans were wearing shoes at least 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study. The evidence comes from a 40,000-year-old human fossil with delicate toe bones indicative of habitual shoe-wearing, experts say. A previous study of anatomical changes in toe bone structure had dated the use of shoes to about 30,000 years ago. Now the dainty-toed fossil from China suggests that at least some humans were sporting protective footwear 10,000 years further back, during a time when both modern humans and Neandertals...
  • BLM announces 'major' dinosaur find in Utah

    06/17/2008 9:24:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies · 489+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06/16/2008 | MIKE STARK
    A newly discovered batch of well-preserved dinosaur bones, petrified trees and even freshwater clams in southeastern Utah may provide fresh clues about life in the region some 150 million years ago. The Bureau of Land Management announced the find Monday, calling the quarry near Hanksville "a major dinosaur fossil discovery." Several weeks of excavation have revealed at least four long-necked sauropods, two carnivorous dinosaurs and possibly a stegosaurus, according to the BLM. Nearby, there are also animal burrows and petrified tree trunks six feet in diameter. It doesn't contain any new species - at least not yet - but offers...
  • Oldest Embryo Fossil Found

    05/28/2008 12:11:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 243+ views on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/08 | Jeanna Bryner
    An armored fish was about to become a mom some 380 million years ago. Though the primitive fish perished, its fossilized remains remarkably reveal an embryo and umbilical cord inside the soon-to-be mother's body. The discovery marks the oldest evidence of an animal giving live birth, pushing the known record of such reproduction back by some 200 million years. It also supports the idea that internal fertilization in vertebrates (animals with backbones) originated in a group of primitive fish. "When I first saw the embryo inside the mother fish, my jaw dropped," said researcher John Long, a paleontologist at Museum...
  • Ancient serpent shows its leg (hindlimbed snake fossil)

    04/11/2008 8:57:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 1,014+ views
    BBC ^ | 04/10/08 | Jonathan Amos
    Ancient serpent shows its leg By Jonathan Amos Science reporter, BBC News What was lost tens of millions of years ago is now found.A fossil animal locked in Lebanese limestone has been shown to be an extremely precious discovery - a snake with two legs. Scientists have only a handful of specimens that illustrate the evolutionary narrative that goes from ancient lizard to limbless modern serpent. Researchers at the European Light Source (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, used intense X-rays to confirm that a creature imprinted on a rock, and with one visible leg, had another appendage buried just under...
  • Oldest hominid discovered is 7 million years old: study

    02/28/2008 7:02:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies · 216+ views ^ | 02/28/2008 | Staff
    Undated handout photo shows the skull of Toumaï, a seven-million-year-old fossil believed to be the remains of the earliest human ever found, found in 2001. New fossil remains as well as the 3D reconstruction of the skull confirm that the creature is the oldest species of the human branch, a common ancester of the chimpanzee and of homo sapiens French fossil hunters have pinned down the age of Toumai, which they contend is the remains of the earliest human ever found, at between 6.8 and 7.2 million years old. The fossil was discovered in the Chadian desert in 2001...
  • Missing Link Feather Fossils Found In France

    02/21/2008 6:17:58 PM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 1,138+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-20-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Missing link feather fossils found in France By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 6:01pm GMT 20/02/2008 Primitive feathers that represent a key missing link in their evolution have been found, fossilised in 100-million-year-old amber from France. The fossils mark a step towards the shape of modern feathers As long as scientists have studied birds, they have puzzled over that most intricate of avian features - the feather. Because it is a marvellous feat of biological engineering, it has been siezed on by creationists trying to find evidence of designs that lie beyond the abilities of evolution. Scientists themselves have...
  • Giant prehistoric Frog Hints At Ancient Land Link

    02/18/2008 4:36:49 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 628+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2-18-2008 | Rowan Hooper
    Giant prehistoric frog hints at ancient land link 22:00 18 February 2008 news service Rowan Hooper An artist's impression of Beelzebufo shows it facing a modern-day Mantidactylus guttulatus, the largest living Malagasy frog (Image: Luci Betti-Nash) The discovery of a giant frog fossil has opened a rift among researchers over when an ancient land bridge closed. Discovery of the fossil in Madagascar supports the controversial view that South America and Madagascar were linked until 80 million years ago - far more recently than previously thought. The frog, dubbed Beelzebufo, resembles the family of horned toads that are now unique...
  • Did Whale Have Odd Deer-Like Ancestor?

    12/20/2007 6:50:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies · 99+ views ^ | 12/19/2007 | Staff
    This undated handout artist rendering provided by Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) shows The 48 million year old ungulate Indohyus from India. Indohyus is a close relative of whales, and the structure of its bones and chemistry of its teeth indicate that it spent much time in water. In this reconstruction, it is seen diving in a stream, much like the modern African Mousedeer does when in danger. (AP Photo/NEOUCOM) (AP) -- The gigantic ocean-dwelling whale may have evolved from a land animal the size of a small raccoon, new research suggests. What might be...
  • Amazing find of dinosaur 'mummy'

    12/11/2007 6:25:53 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 41 replies · 602+ views
    BBC Science-Nature ^ | December 3, 2207 | U/A
    Amazing find of dinosaur 'mummy' Scientists now think these dinosaurs were more muscular than previously thought Fossil hunters have uncovered the remains of a dinosaur that has much of its soft tissue still intact. Skin, muscle, tendons and other tissue that rarely survive fossilisation have all been preserved in the specimen unearthed in North Dakota, US. The 67 million-year-old dinosaur is one of the duck-billed hadrosaur group. The preservation allowed scientists to estimate that it was more muscular than thought, perhaps giving it the ability to outrun predators like T. rex. The researchers propose that the dinosaur's rump was 25%...