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April 19, 2014

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2:35 PM | Happy Easter with a (fake) Dozen Dinosaur Eggs
Roy Chapman Andrews was not only an intrepid explorer and palaeontologist, but also a gifted promoter. The Central Asiatic Expeditions were accompanied by cameras to document the entire work. As the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:35 PM | Happy Easter with a (fake) Dozen Dinosaur Eggs
Roy Chapman Andrews was not only an intrepid explorer and palaeontologist, but also a gifted promoter. The Central Asiatic Expeditions were accompanied by cameras to document the entire work. As the conditions were most time prohibitive – relief from the burning sun was given only by frequent sandstorms – many scenes showing the discovery and [...]

April 17, 2014

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5:11 PM | Eat live termites for breakfast? Your ancestors might have!
Termites and ants are not something you’re likely to pour into a cereal bowl for breakfast or munch with toast and tea, but your ancient […] The post Eat live termites for breakfast? Your ancestors might have! appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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4:38 PM | Eocasea martini: Scientists Discover Oldest Known Ancestor of Land Herbivores
Eocasea martini, a carnivorous animal that lived in what is today Kansas during Carboniferous period, about 300 million years ago, is the oldest known ancestor of terrestrial herbivores, say paleontologists from the University of Toronto Mississauga. “The evolution of herbivory was revolutionary to life on land because it meant terrestrial vertebrates could directly access the [...]
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2:23 PM | Bony body tube for a bizarre marine reptile
Prehistoric marine reptiles were a weird lot, especially in light of their lizard-like ancestors on land. You take something that roughly looks like an iguana, and evolve it into the shape of a dolphin (icthyosaurs), or evolve it …The post Bony body tube for a bizarre marine reptile appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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12:17 PM | Vitruvian Geology – Leonardo da Vinci and the Realistic Depiction of the Earth’s Surface
In the Renaissance (1450-1600) architecture and pictorial arts, but also scientific disciplines like astronomy, physics and medicine, experienced a rebirth and important improvements – but what... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:17 PM | Vitruvian Geology – Leonardo da Vinci and the Realistic Depiction of the Earth’s Surface
In the Renaissance (1450-1600) architecture and pictorial arts, but also scientific disciplines like astronomy, physics and medicine, experienced a rebirth and important improvements – but what about geology? There were some lone geniuses in the earth sciences – Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci (born April 15, 1452-1519) recognized fossils as petrified remains of former living [...]
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12:01 PM | Ozarcus mapesae: Fossil Species Reveals Sharks aren’t Living Fossils
Paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History have described a shark species that lived during Carboniferous period, about 325 million years ago. The analysis of its fossilized skull shows that living sharks are actually quite advanced in evolutionary terms, despite having retained their basic ‘sharkiness’ over millions of years. “Sharks are traditionally thought to [...]
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2:18 AM | What is that? Wednesday: Realistic Dinosaurs
I’m a paleontologist. I’m a little selective about dinosaur toys… understandably. So when I saw this toy set at the drug store yesterday, I had to buy it – if only to protect unsuspecting children from buying it and thinking … Continue reading →

April 16, 2014

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9:00 PM | Tiny Carnivore Evolved Into Huge Vegetarians
Which came first: carnivores or herbivores? A newly discovered tiny meat eater answers that questions and more. Continue reading →
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1:33 PM | Doahugou Biota: Study Describes 30 Species from Jurassic of China
A new paper published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes 30 Jurassic creatures – five salamanders, one anuran, two lizards, 13 pterosaurs, five dinosaurs, and four mammals – of the so-called Daohugou Biota, a fossil assemblage named after a village near one of the major localities in Inner Mongolia, China. Over the last two [...]
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12:03 PM | Smithsonian Welcomes “Nation’s T. rex” to Washington, D.C.
On April 15 the National Museum of Natural History took delivery of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Called the Nation’s T. rex, it will be the centerpiece of the […] The post Smithsonian Welcomes “Nation’s T. rex” to Washington, D.C. appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

April 12, 2014

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5:27 PM | Tar Pits Bees Connect California’s Past to the Present
The La Brea asphalt seeps are practically synonymous with megafauna. Sculptures of American lions and scrapping Smilodon draw …
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2:40 PM | The Lady Fossil Hunter Meet Mary Leakey, one of the...
The Lady Fossil Hunter Meet Mary Leakey, one of the world’s foremost paleontologists and archaeologists — and also a rare woman digging in the Olduvai Gorge dirt for the bones of human ancestors. via Stuff Mom Never Told You.

April 11, 2014

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4:53 PM | Prehistoric Harvestmen Had Two Pairs of Eyes
A 305-million-year-old fossil found in eastern France reveals that primitive harvestmen had two sets of eyes rather than one. Living harvestmen (Opiliones) – a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs – have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate habitats in every continent except Antarctica. But the newly discovered Carboniferous [...]
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4:40 PM | The ‘Chicken from Hell’ Fowl-Looking Dinosaur The...
The ‘Chicken from Hell’ Fowl-Looking Dinosaur The bones of Anzu wyliei, called “the chicken from hell,” a large, bird-like dinosaur puzzled scientists for years…until now. Now, the fossil evidence of 3 partial skeletons is giving the researchers a clearer picture of what the clawed oviraptorosaurs looked like. Are people’s conceived ideas of how dinosaurs and ancient creatures looked completely wrong? Kim Horcher, Tim Frisch, and Andrew Fogel discuss. Read […]
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2:46 PM | Study Sheds Light on Life during Ediacaran-Cambrian Transition
A study led by Prof Luis Buatois from the University of Saskatchewan provides new evidence to understand the development of life at Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary times, about 540 million years ago. “During the Cambrian period the face of our planet changed forever and there are still many unanswered questions,” said Prof Buatois, who is the first [...]

April 10, 2014

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1:03 PM | Nimbacinus dicksoni: Australia’s Extinct Marsupial Hunted Large Prey
Nimbacinus dicksoni, an ancient meat-eating marsupial that lived in Australia during Oligocene and Miocene between 24 and 5.3 million years ago, had the ability to hunt vertebrate prey exceeding its own size. Commonly known as the Dickson’s thylacine, Nimbacinus dicksoni was a 50-cm-long fox-sized thylacine and a distant relative of the famous Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus [...]
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7:30 AM | Ice Age Leafcutter Bee Fossils At La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits in California are known for saber-toothed cats and mastodons but they also have insects. Recent examination of fossil leafcutter bee nest cells, led by Anna Holden of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and colleagues, reveal insights into the habitat and climate at the La Brea Tar Pits toward the last Ice Age.  Holden conducted the study with bee specialists Jon B. Koch and Dr. Terry Griswold from Utah State University, paleobotanist Dr. Diane M. Erwin, from […]

April 09, 2014

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3:21 PM | 520-Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals Oldest Known Cardiovascular System
Paleontologists from China, the United States and United Kingdom have discovered a 3-inch-long fossil of a prehistoric shrimp-like animal with the earliest known cardiovascular system. The fossil belongs to Fuxianhuia protensa, an extinct arthropod that lived in what is today Yunnan province in China during the Cambrian period, about 520 million years ago. “This is [...]

April 08, 2014

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9:39 PM | Old Photos Revive Dinosaur Chase
On the fourth floor of the American Museum of Natural History, hiding in plain sight, there is an …
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5:24 PM | With “Your Inner Fish”, Tiktaalik Gets Its Close-Up—On TV, Online and in Philly
It’s almost time for Tiktaalik roseae to make another appearance on television. Tiktaalik is already extremely famous for an ancient fish fossil. It’s one of the best-known transitional species between fish that swim in the water and the first vertebrates to walk on land. It was first unearthed from Devonian-era rocks in the Canadian Arctic … Continue reading →
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12:27 PM | #AESRC2014 Highlights
Well, AESRC is done for another year and with it my role as co-chair of the organizing committee! Thank goodness for that! Hopefully, I can finally get some actual thesis related work done in the coming months…and maybe get back to blogging a bit as well. However, as grateful as I am that AESRC is […]
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8:00 AM | Letter G: Glaciation #IAN1 #atozchallenge
A glacier is ice, formed by layer upon layer of snow that begins to flow under its own weight. It may end on land, in which case it can form the headwaters of a river or (as in the dry valleys of Antarctica) simply sublime into very dry air. It begins, however, in an area […]

April 06, 2014

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10:40 PM | Giant Turtle Fossil Reunited After 163 Years and More! This week...
Giant Turtle Fossil Reunited After 163 Years and More! This week on IFLS, the fossil of an ancient whale-like filter feeder is found, first asteroid with rings discovered and much more! Join Elise each week to see the all the latest and greatest stories from the lighter side of science, including popular science, space, biology, nature, and more. Subscribe now! Dwarf planet: http://bit.ly/1fom64p Asteroid with rings: http://bit.ly/1laCgDo Synthetic chromosome: http://bit.ly/O5p06N Turtle: […]

April 05, 2014

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2:40 PM | New Dinosaur Discovered in Portugal! A news species of predatory...
New Dinosaur Discovered in Portugal! A news species of predatory dinosaur has been discovered in Portugal, and it may be the largest to have lived in Europe! Torvosaurus gurneyi, which could reach 10 meters long, and weigh about 4-5 tons, had large blade shaped teeth, which suggests that it was at the top of the food chain in it’s region roughly 150 million years ago. Images and Information from: Hendrickx C, Mateus O (2014) Torvosaurus gurneyi n. sp., the Largest Terrestrial Predator […]

April 04, 2014

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10:00 PM | Why a Massive Whale Graveyard’s in The Desert A...
Why a Massive Whale Graveyard’s in The Desert A prehistoric whale graveyard was discovered in a Chilean desert a few years ago, and no one could figure out how the whales all died together half a mile from the coast… until now. Anthony is here to tell you how something as small as algae might have killed dozens of whales at once. via DNews Channel.

April 03, 2014

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12:46 PM | Paleontologists Find Fossil Bone of Giant Turtle Atlantochelys mortoni
Scientists say they have made a surprising discovery – a fossil bone of an extinct turtle species scientifically known as Atlantochelys mortoni. Atlantochelys mortoni lived in what is now North America during the upper Cretaceous period, about 75 million years ago. The prehistoric creature was about 3 m (10 feet) from tip to tail, making [...]

April 02, 2014

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9:00 PM | Deadly Dinosaur Chase Reconstructed
Remains of a dinosaur chase from 112 million years ago have just been recreated in 3D. Continue reading →
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9:00 PM | Deadly Dinosaur Chase Reconstructed
Remains of a dinosaur chase from 112 million years ago have just been recreated in 3D. Continue reading →
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