Sunday , December 17 2017

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First Triassic Horseshoe Crab Fossil Found in North America

A mostly complete and moderately well-preserved fossilized specimen is thought to represent the first Triassic horseshoe crab found in North America, according to a study published in the December 2017 issue of the journal Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie by paleontologist Dr. Allan Lerner from the New Mexico Museum …

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Ticks Sucked Blood of Feathered Dinosaurs, Fossil Discovery Shows

Preserved in 99 million-year-old Burmese amber paleontologists found a tick grasping a dinosaur feather. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Communications, is remarkable because fossils of blood-feeding parasites directly associated with remains of their host are exceedingly scarce, and the new specimen is the oldest known to date. Hard …

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Giant Prehistoric Penguin Fossil Found in New Zealand

Paleontologists have found the fossil remains of a giant prehistoric penguin that lived about 59 to 56 million years ago (Paleocene epoch) in what is now New Zealand. Artististic reconstruction of the Paleocene giant penguin Kumimanu biceae. Image credit: Senckenberg Research Institute. The giant penguin’s remains were found in the …

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Dog-Sized Marsupial Lion Once Lived in Australia: Wakaleo schouteni

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of carnivorous marsupial lion that lived 26 to 18 million years ago (late Oligocene to early Miocene) in Australia’s rainforests. Reconstruction of Wakaleo schouteni challenging the thylacinid Nimbacinus dicksoni over a kangaroo carcass in the late Oligocene forest at Riversleigh, Australia. Image credit: Peter …

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Ancient DNA Shakes Up Horse Family Tree

An analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA from fossils of extinct New World stilt-legged horses reveals that, contrary to previous findings, these enigmatic animals actually belonged outside of the horse genus Equus. This illustration depicts a family of New World stilt-legged horses (Haringtonhippus francisci) in Yukon, Canada, during the last …

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Paleontologists Find Cache of 215 Pterosaur Eggs in China

An international team of paleontologists has discovered a fossil-rich site with more than 200 fossilized eggs of the Cretaceous pterosaur species Hamipterus tianshanensis in China. Life restoration of Hamipterus tianshanensis. Image credit: Chuang Zhao. To date, only a small handful of pterosaur eggs with a well-preserved 3D structure and embryo …

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World’s Longest Sauropod Trackway Found in France

The trackway of a plant-eating sauropod dinosaur has been excavated in the Jura Mountains, France. This 508-foot (155 m) line of footsteps is the longest known trackway of a sauropod. The 110-step trackway represents a new ichnospecies, Brontopodus plagnensis, and extends over 508 feet — a world record for sauropods, …

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