Friday , September 21 2018


Paleontologists Discover Two New Hoofed Mammals from Miocene Epoch

An international team of paleontologists has identified two new species of ancient mammals that lived about 13 million years ago (middle Miocene epoch) in what is now Bolivia. Theosodon arozquetai (left) and Llullataruca shockeyi. Image credit: Velizar Simeonovski. The two newly-discovered Miocene species, named Theosodon arozquetai and Llullataruca shockeyi, belong …

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Two New Ediacaran-Period Fossils Discovered in Australia

A team of paleontologists from the University of California, Riverside and the South Australian Museum has discovered the fossils of two soft-bodied animals that lived in the shallow oceans about 550 million years ago (Ediacaran period). Obamus coronatus. Image credit: University of California, Riverside. Named Obamus coronatus and Attenborites janeae, …

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Enigmatic Fossil Shows Turacos Once Lived in North America

New research reveals that a well-preserved 52-million-year-old bird fossil specimen from the early Eocene of Wyoming, the United States, is from a previously unknown relative of turacos, a group of birds that is presently endemic to sub-Saharan Africa. Modern turacos, like these Knysna turacos (Tauraco corythaix), are tree-dwelling and live …

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Early Devonian Fish Had Platypus-Like Snout

Brindabellaspis stensioi, a remarkable placoderm fish that swam about 400 million years ago (Early Devonian period), had a long snout, reminiscent of a platypus bill, according to new research published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Life reconstruction of Brindabellaspis stensioi. Image credit: Jason Art, Shenzhen. Brindabellaspis stensioi was …

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Burmese Amber Preserves 99-Million-Year-Old Tropical Frogs

In a paper published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, paleontologists have described an extinct genus and species of frog, Electrorana limoae, preserved in mid-Cretaceous (99 million years old) amber from Myanmar. About 99 million years ago, a tiny juvenile frog in what is today Myanmar was suddenly trapped …

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Paleontologists Find Oldest Animal Footprints Ever Discovered

The oldest known animal ‘footprints’ on Earth, left by bilaterian animals with paired appendages about 545 million years ago, have been discovered in the Yangtze Gorges area of South China. Trackways and burrows excavated in situ from the Shibantan Member, Dengying Formation, China: (A and B) epirelief (top bedding surface) …

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