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November 26, 2014

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7:48 PM | Paleontologist Discovers Two New Species of Horned Dinosaurs
Dr Nick Longrich from the University of Bath, UK, has described two new species of chasmosaurine dinosaurs that roamed the ‘lost island continent’ of Laramidia – a swampy, subtropical setting formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America – during the Cretaceous, about 75 million years ago. Western North America hosted [...]
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6:08 PM | Geological Treasures in Ancient Egypt
November 26, 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939) entered the tomb of Tutankhamun, pharaoh in ancient Egypt from 1332 to 1323 BC. The grave was filled with precious jewelry, including a breastplate decorated with a scarab, made from a greenish-yellow gemstone. Fig.1. Pendant found in Tutankhamun’s tomb with gemstone of  desert glass, photo by Jon Bodsworth [...]
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6:08 PM | Geological Treasures in Ancient Egypt
November 26, 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939) entered the tomb of Tutankhamun, pharaoh in ancient Egypt from 1332 to 1323 BC. The grave was filled with precious jewelry, including a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 25, 2014

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5:51 PM | Fossil Beast Helps Fill The Backstory of Horses, Tapirs, and Rhinos
There used to be rhinos in North America. In fact, they originated on the continent. The earliest ones …
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5:41 PM | Can penguins tell us how far the Cretaceous diving bird Hesperornis wandered?
Don’t mess with Hesperornis. It was a flightless, aquatic Cretaceous bird that measured up to six feet long, had a beak lined with sharp teeth, and was partially responsible for the downfall of at least one scientific career*. It superficially resembled … Continue reading »The post Can penguins tell us how far the Cretaceous diving bird Hesperornis wandered? appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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November 24, 2014

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9:06 PM | The “S” Word Click play to learn what the dirtiest...
The “S” Word Click play to learn what the dirtiest word in paleontology is from Tylor Birthisel of the Natural History Museum of Utah! And if your curious as to which dig site, Tylor was dangerously playing around with mentioning the “S” Word at, it is Phytosaur Quarry. By: Dinologue.
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3:24 PM | 55-Million-Year-Old Fossils Suggest Ancestor of Rhinos, Horses Originated in India
An international group of paleontologists has discovered a horse-like animal that lived in what is now India during Eocene epoch, about 55 million years ago. The discovery fills in a major gap in understanding of the evolution of Perissodactyla, a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. Perissodactyla (perissodactyls) is a small order of [...]

November 21, 2014

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8:37 PM | Lucky Find Uncovers a Marvelous Fossil Mammal
Mesozoic mammals were fascinating little beasts. They burrowed, climbed, glided, and swam through the Age of Dinosaurs, not …
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4:25 PM | Radioactivity and Earth´s Age
For a long time the apparent discrepancy between the age of earth and the age of the cosmos posed a great problem to geologists and astronomers alike. Geologists had calculated, using methods like... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:25 PM | Radioactivity and Earth´s Age
For a long time the apparent discrepancy between the age of earth and the age of the cosmos posed a great problem to geologists and astronomers alike. Geologists had calculated, using methods like erosion or sedimentation rates, ages for earth spanning from just three million to 15 billion years. Physicists and astronomers, based mostly on [...]

November 20, 2014

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4:11 AM | Art Every Day – Day 19
I’ve been trying to do art in some form or fashion every day through November, as part of the Art Every Day Month challenge. Because I’m also doing NaNoWriMo, and attempting to write a 50000 word novel this month, I … Continue reading →
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2:20 AM | Protected: Your Holiday Dinosaur
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November 18, 2014

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8:03 AM | W. A. S. Paleoportal: with University of California Museum of Paleontology.
PaleoportalW. A. S. and University of California, Museum of PaleontologyThis site is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom. We have gathered many different resources into this single entry "portal" to paleontological information on the Internet (WAS-Archives.org > Paleoportal menu).Sources: W.A.S., University of California Museum of […]

November 15, 2014

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11:33 PM | Dinosaur Limb Bones on Paleo Trails "The limb bones connected...
Dinosaur Limb Bones on Paleo Trails "The limb bones connected to the …" Brian Switek gives us the dirt … er rocks on what your looking for while on the hunt for dinosaurs in places like Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in Utah.For more on Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, check out their site: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/quarry.html By: Dinologue.

November 14, 2014

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10:44 PM | Portage Chute
Churchill River, Manitoba: August 24, 2014 Heading south from Churchill, the helicopter follows the river for the first 30 kilometres above its mouth. Then we head off overland, taking a straight-line shortcut instead of duplicating the river’s long dogleg. “Overland” is, perhaps, a bit of a misnomer, since the surface we pass over must be at least […]

November 11, 2014

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11:32 PM | Paleontologists discover fossil of bizarre groundhog-like mammal...
Paleontologists discover fossil of bizarre groundhog-like mammal on Madagascar NSF-funded scientists from Stony Brook University have discovered an almost complete skull of a previously unknown mammal that likely resembled a large modern-day groundhog and lived alongside dinosaurs. For more information visit: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133092 By: National Science Foundation.

November 10, 2014

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10:36 PM | 3D Images Provide New Insights into Biology of Dodo
Using 3D laser surface scans of two skeletons of the dodo, paleontologists have reconstructed how this famous extinct bird lived, looked, and behaved. The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The bird was first discovered by European sailors in 1598, and was [...]
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3:19 AM | Armored Dinosaurs Had Elaborate Nasal Passages
Since paleontologists began using CT scans and 3D reconstructions of dinosaur remains, they have been able to tell us much more about dinosaurs than ever before.Ankylosaur skull(William Diller Matthew, US PD)Now a new study shows that armor-plated dinosaurs (ankylosaurs) had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed using nasal passages shaped like "crazy straws."We know that animals use strategies such as sweating, panting, and swimming to prevent their brains from […]

November 07, 2014

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6:27 PM | 9,300-Year-Old Frozen Steppe Bison Found in Siberia
Paleontologists have discovered a well-preserved frozen mummy of the extinct Steppe bison (Bison priscus) on the shore of Chukchalakh Lake in Yakutia, Siberia. The Yukagir bison mummy, as the find was dubbed, has a complete brain, heart, blood vessels and digestive system, although some organs have shrunk significantly over time. “It is a male about [...]
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3:57 PM | 118-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur, Mammal Tracks Discovered in Diamond Mine in Angola
An international team of paleontologists headed by Marco Marzola from the New University of Lisbon, Portugal, has discovered nearly 70 fossilized tracks of dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals and crocodiles in the large diamond mine Catoca in northeast Angola. All the tracks were found in a small sedimentary basin that formed in the crater of a kimberlite [...]
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1:30 PM | How To Determine The Color Of The Ancient Archaeopteryx Wing
Reconstructing ancient life has long required a certain amount of inference and imagination - especially speculative is the coloration of long-extinct organisms. New methods of investigation are being incorporated into paleontology that may shed light (and color) on fossils. read more
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1:30 AM | Frozen Extinct Bison Found in Siberia
Many large mammals went extinct at the end of the last Ice Age (approx 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, or Bison priscus. A team of scientists has found one of these extinct bison frozen and naturally mummified in Eastern Siberia. It's a complete specimen frozen in time.A Steppe bison on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North(Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway, via Wikimedia Commons)According to the research team, they have uncovered the most complete frozen […]

November 06, 2014

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7:25 PM | Complete Frozen Bison Mummy From 7,000 B.C. Found In Siberia
Many large mammals went extinct at the end of the most recent Ice Age (about 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. Recently an intact one was found, literally frozen in time. This most complete frozen mummy of the Steppe bison yet discovered dates to 9,300 years ago and was uncovered in the Yana-Indigirka Lowland.  The Yukagir bison mummy, as it is named, has a complete brain, heart, blood vessels and digestive system, although some organs have shrunk […]
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3:15 PM | 9,300-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found in Siberia
A frozen bison mummy dating to the end of the Ice Age literally freezes in time what an animal from this period looked like. Continue reading →
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3:09 PM | Ancient Horse Fossil Contains Unborn Foal
A fossil of the ancient horse Eurohippus messelensis found in Germany contains a fetus as well as parts of the uterus and associated tissues. Eurohippus messelensis had four toes on each forefoot and three toes on each the hind foot, and it was about the size of a modern fox terrier. Though different in size and structure, reproduction in early horses was very similar to that of modern horses. The new find was unveiled at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in […]
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11:26 AM | First Amphibious Ichthyosaur Found – Cartorhynchus lenticarpus
Paleontologists led by Prof Ryosuke Motani of the University of California, Davis, have discovered an amphibious ichthyosaur that lived in the seas of what is now China during the upper Lower Triassic, about 248 million years ago. The discovery is the first to link the dolphin-like ichthyosaur to its terrestrial ancestors, filling a gap in [...]
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3:25 AM | Madagascar: Fossil Offers Clues to Evolution of Mammals
About 70 million years ago, in the heyday of the dinosaurs, a groundhog-like mammal lived on the island of Madagascar. Weighing an estimated 20 pounds (9 kg), it was the largest mammal of its time.This image is a finite element analysis result, showing how stress is distributed through the skull under an incisor bite at a wide gape angle. (UMass Amherst)The mammal is named Vintana sertichi. Its fossilized skull was found in a geological formation that was deposited when a great variety of […]

November 05, 2014

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6:02 PM | Vintana sertichi: Ancient Groundhog-Like Mammal Discovered in Madagascar
A team of paleontologists led by Prof David Krause of Stony Brook University has discovered a groundhog-like animal that lived in what is now Madagascar during the Late Cretaceous epoch, about 70-66 million years ago. The new fossil mammal, named Vintana sertichi, belongs to Gondwanatheria (or gondwanatherians), a group of early mammals that lived during [...]
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3:55 AM | Digital Dinosaurs: Paleontologists Use New Technology to Digitally Restore a Dinosaur Fossil
Fossils are usually crushed or incomplete when they are found. Millions of years can take a toll, after all. Consequently, fossils have to be studied very carefully to avoid damage and sometimes they are hard to access. Now, an international team of scientists has found a better way to examine delicate fossils and reconstruct their original forms. An artist's rendition of Erlikosaurus, depicted with feathers(Arthur Weasley)The team has been using high-resolution X-ray computed tomography […]

November 04, 2014

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10:31 PM | Phytosaurs, (mostly) gharial-snouted reptiles of the Triassic, part I
As I hope I’ve said several or many times, there are many, many, many tetrapod groups that have never, ever received coverage on Tet Zoo. I know, it’s shocking. Today I’m extracting a section of text... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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