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  • During the Ice Age, Long-Legged Hyenas Prowled the Arctic

    06/19/2019 6:37:59 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    gizmondo ^ | 18 June 2019 | George Dvorsky
    “The size, shape, and arrangement of the cusps on the two teeth are characteristically hyena, in that the teeth are very robust, and with sharp shearing blades,” Humans took a similar route to reach North America some 15,000 years ago, but the hyena migration happened much earlier. “It is amazing to imagine hyenas thriving in the harsh conditions above the Arctic Circle during the Ice Age,” “So they are an all-around ‘triple-threat’ of a predator, being able to run with their long legs, hunt and cut meat with their sharp teeth, and scavenge with their powerful premolar teeth,” he said.
  • Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth

    06/14/2019 8:58:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 90 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 12, 2019 | University of Leicester
    Previously, pterodactyls were thought to only be able to take to the air once they had grown to almost full size, just like birds or bats. This assumption was based on fossilised embryos of the creatures found in China that had poorly developed wings... Another fundamental difference between baby pterodactyls, also known as flaplings, and baby birds or bats, is that they had no parental care and had to feed and look after themselves from birth. Their ability to fly gave them a lifesaving survival mechanism which they used to evade carnivorous dinosaurs. This ability also proved to be one...
  • Incredible dinosaur discovery: Herd of opal-encrusted dinos uncovered

    06/04/2019 9:15:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies ^ | June 4, 2019 | James Rogers | Fox News
    Researchers have discovered the fossilized remains of a herd of dinosaurs in an opal mine in the Australian outback. The fossils were found in the mine near Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, and include a new dinosaur species as well as the world’s most complete opalized dino, according to experts. “We initially assumed it was a single skeleton, but when I started looking at some of the bones, I realised that we had four scapulae (shoulder blades) all from different sized animals,” said Dr. Phil Bell, lead researcher from the University of New England in Australia, in a statement. The...
  • 50-million-year-old fossil shows school of baby fish in their final moments

    05/31/2019 5:37:16 PM PDT · by ETL · 46 replies ^ | May 31, 2019 | Brandon Specktor Senior Writer | LiveScience
    There's room for all types in a newly described fossil that shows 259 baby fish swimming together in a school, approximately 50 million years ago. According to the authors of a new study published Wednesday (May 29) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this ex-school may be the earliest known fossil evidence that prehistoric fish swam in unison, just as modern fish do today. A team of Arizona researchers stumbled upon this remarkable rock during a visit to the Oishi Fossils Gallery of Mizuta Memorial Museum in Japan. Working with the museum, the researchers determined that the...
  • Discovery of 'reptilian-mammal' fossil could rewrite history

    05/29/2018 12:53:58 PM PDT · by ETL · 60 replies ^ | May 29, 2018 | James Rogers
    The discovery of an unusual fossilized skull in eastern Utah is shedding new light on Earth’s history. The 130 million-year-old skull belonged to a previously unknown “reptile-like mammal.” Experts have described the new species, named “Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch,” in honor of paleontologist Richard Cifelli, in the journal Nature. “Based on the unlikely discovery of this near-complete fossil cranium, we now recognize a new, cosmopolitan group of early mammal relatives,” said Adam Huttenlocker, lead author of the study and assistant professor of clinical integrative anatomical sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, in a statement. ..." Cifelliodon belongs to an...
  • “The Hidden Kingdom” –Ancient Fossil Resets How Life First Arrived on Land from the Oceans

    05/24/2019 7:35:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 5/23/19
    Scientists have unearthed fossilized fungi in the remote Northwest Territories of the Canadian Arctic dating back to one billion years, in a discovery that could reshape our understanding of how life first arrived on land from the oceans. Fungi, the “Hidden Kingdom,” are not plants. Living things are organized for study into large, basic groups called kingdoms. Fungi were listed in the Plant Kingdom for many years. Then scientists learned that fungi show a closer relation to animals, but are unique and separate life forms. Most fungi build their cell walls out of chitin. This is the same material as...
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Ammonite Found in Burmese Amber

    05/20/2019 4:53:10 AM PDT · by vannrox · 47 replies
    Sci-News ^ | May 14, 2019 | by Natali Anderson
    An international team of paleontologists has found a piece of amber containing the beautifully preserved ammonite, several marine and land organisms that lived 99 million years ago (Cretaceous period).The 99-million-year-old piece of amber from northern Myanmar. Image credit: Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.
  • Bedbugs roamed Earth alongside dinosaurs 100 million years ago

    05/16/2019 6:18:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | May 16, 2019 | Ann W. Schmidt | Fox News
    A new study, published in Current Biology on Thursday, found that bedbugs have been around for 100 million years — significantly longer than scientists had previously believed. “To think that the pests that live in our beds today evolved more than 100 million years ago and were walking the Earth side by side with dinosaurs was a revelation. It shows that the evolutionary history of bed bugs is far more complex than we previously thought,” Professor Mike Siva-Jothy from the University of Sheffield, who participated in the study, said in a news release. Dr. Steffen Roth from the University Museum Bergen...
  • Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?)

    05/09/2019 7:31:54 AM PDT · by fishtank · 79 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) | Philip Robinson
    Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?) by Philip Robinson Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) The month of May 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519). The polymath was well known for his contributions to science, history, engineering, architecture, drawing and especially painting, with his most famous painting being the Mona Lisa. For this anniversary the UK’s Royal Collection Trust is displaying some of its collection of Leonardo drawings in 12 different locations. One particular drawing is causing a stir.
  • Fossil of "Sphinx" discovered in NE China

    01/24/2006 5:42:09 PM PST · by Tyche · 47 replies · 1,893+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | 24 Jan 2006 | People's Daily Online
    The legendary "Sphinx" eventually found its counterpart version in archeological fossil. Chinese and American paleontologists found two distinct kinds of bone characteristics in the fossil of a sharp-mouthed mammal excavated in China's Liaoning province. The mammal's upper part makes people believe it was viviparous while its lower part looks like oviparous, reports Wen Hui Daily. The latest issue of the British magazine Nature reports the unprecedented discovery. The magazine editor as well as paleontologists marveled at the discovery and believed it might change the traditional theory on mammals evolution. Li Gang, one of the coauthors of the paper, said the...
  • Tracking Myth to Geological Reality

    11/05/2005 12:20:12 PM PST · by Lessismore · 26 replies · 1,584+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 11/4/2005 | Kevin Krajick*
    Once dismissed, myths are winning new attention from geologists who find that they may encode valuable data about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other stirrings of the earth SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--James Rasmussen, owner of a funky used-record store called Bud's Jazz, and Ruth Ludwin, a seismologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, make an unlikely professional team. Late last year, they were walking down the beach near the bustling Fauntleroy ferry dock, searching for a reddish sandstone boulder. Native American legends-Rasmussen belongs to the local Duwamish people-say the boulder is haunted by a'yahos, a spirit with the body of a serpent and...
  • Mysterious amphibious human-like creature spotted in the Caspian Sea

    08/11/2005 7:23:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies · 921+ views
    Pravda ^ | March 25 2005 | translated by Guerman Grachev
    An amphibious humanlike being was reported in Karelia in 1928. The creature was repeatedly seen in the lake of Vedlozero by local residents. A group of researchers from the Petrozavodsk University arrived to investigate the case on location. Unfortunately, the findings were classified and the members of the research party eventually perished in the Gulag.
  • Research To Investigate Links Between Ancient Greeks And Modern Science Fiction

    06/08/2005 11:28:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 737+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-06-08
    New research into the Ancient Greeks shows their knowledge of travel inspired early forms of fantasy and science fiction writing.There is a long tradition of fantasy in Greek literature that begins with Odysseus' fantastic travels in Homer's Odyssey. Dr Karen Ni-Mheallaigh, at the University of Liverpool's School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, is exploring fantasy in ancient literature, examining theories of modern science fiction writing and how these can be applied to texts from the ancient world. Dr Ni-Mheallaigh is looking at the work of 2nd century AD writer, Lucian of Samosata, who wrote True Histories, a travel narrative that...
  • Inner Mongolia Yields New Discoveries

    07/27/2004 11:23:06 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 620+ views
    Inner Mongolia Yields New Discoveries More than 80 leading archeological experts are participating in an international conference in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to exchange the latest information on Hongshan, a prehistoric relics site. Relics excavated at the Hongshan ("Red Mountain") site originated around 5000 BC to 6500 BC. Now a part of Chifeng City, the site was discovered in 1935. Some of the relics found at Hongshan have led archeologists to conclude that the heads of Chinese dragons may have been inspired by boars in addition to horses and cattle. Primitive people who struggled to survive by fishing and...
  • Cyclops Myth Spurred by One-Eyed Fossils?

    02/08/2003 8:01:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 637+ views
    National Geographic NEWS ^ | 02/05/03 | Hillary Mayell
    Cyclops Myth Spurred by One-Eyed Fossils? Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News February 5, 2003 Ever wonder where our worst nightmares come from? For the ancient Greeks, it may have been the fossils of giant prehistoric animals. The tusk, several teeth, and some bones of a Deinotherium giganteum, which, loosely translated means really huge terrible beast, have been found on the Greek island Crete. A distant relative to today's elephants, the giant mammal stood 15 feet (4.6 meters) tall at the shoulder, and had tusks that were 4.5 feet (1.3 meters) long. It was one of the largest mammals ever...
  • 'Cyclops' - Like Remains Found On Crete

    02/01/2003 4:13:57 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 636+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | 2-1-2003
    <p>Skull of an elephant. The animal's European ancestors had similar anatomies.</p> <p>IRAKLIO, Greece (AP) -- Researchers on the southern Greek island of Crete have unearthed the fossilized tusk, teeth and bones of a Deinotherium Gigantisimum, a fearsome elephant-like creature that might have given rise to ancient legends of one-eyed cyclops monsters.</p>
  • 'Cyclops'-like remains found on Crete

    02/01/2003 11:07:21 AM PST · by vannrox · 16 replies · 1,135+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, January 31, 2003 Posted: 2:52 AM HKT (1852 GMT) | Editorial Staff
    <p>IRAKLIO, Greece (AP) -- Researchers on the southern Greek island of Crete have unearthed the fossilized tusk, teeth and bones of a Deinotherium Gigantisimum, a fearsome elephant-like creature that might have given rise to ancient legends of one-eyed cyclops monsters.</p>
  • Bat-winged dinosaur discovered in China

    05/13/2019 6:30:28 AM PDT · by ETL · 68 replies ^ | May 13, 2019 | Walt Bonner | Fox News
    Dubbed Ambopteryx longibrachium, the blue jay-sized theropod lived 163 million years ago during the Jurassic period. Its wings were made of a soft membrane attached to long arm bones which, when spread, resembled those of a bat. ..." The researchers first thought it was a bird when they saw it in the rock, but after they dug it out, it became clear that Ambopteryx was a dinosaur. The researchers aren’t sure exactly how the dinosaur, which also had feathers, looked as it took flight. It couldn’t flap its wings, so it’s believed the creatures would simply glide. According to the...
  • Scientists identify new, smaller 'cousin' of 9-ton T. rex

    05/08/2019 4:49:26 PM PDT · by ETL · 38 replies
    Fox5 DC ^ | May 06 2019 | Amy Lieu
    The newly named tyrannosauroid dinosaur, Suskityrannus hazelae, stood around 3 feet tall at the hip and was about 9 feet long, according to Virginia Tech. “My discovery of a partial skeleton of Suskityrannus put me onto a scientific journey that has framed my career,” said Nesbitt, the lead author of the study in the journal “Nature Ecology and Evolution.” But for about two decades, scientists weren’t certain what it was, until other small cousins of T. rex were discovered. “The small group of tyrannosauroid dinosaurs would give rise to some of the biggest predators that we’ve ever seen,” Nesbitt said....
  • Researchers discover ancient giant 'lion' in Kenya

    04/18/2019 12:46:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 18 Apr 2019 01:46PM | Staff
    PARIS: A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday (Apr 18). A Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, a gigantic mammalian carnivore that lived 22 million years ago in Africa and was larger than a polar bear. (Illustration: AFP/Mauricio Anton) ============================================================ A team unearthed the lower jaw, teeth and other bones of a new species, Simbakubwa kutokaafrika - Swahili for "big African lion". They calculated it would have weighed up to 1,500kg and could have preyed upon the elephant-like creatures that lived there at...