Archive for September, 2017

WFS News: 3-D scanning methods allow an inside look into fossilized feces

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev  Coprolites are fossilized feces that give evidence of an organism’s behavior and often contain food residues, parasite remains and other fossils that provide clues to ancient paleoecological relations. Many of the inclusions in coprolites are delicate and fossilized soft tissues, which in many cases are more likely preserved […]

WFS News: Early trilobites had stomachs?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils from China, dating back to more than 500 million years ago, have revealed new insights into the extinct marine animal’s digestive system. Published today in the journal PLOS ONE, the new study shows that at least two trilobite species evolved a stomach structure 20 […]

WFS News: Tracking brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The dramatic, dinosaur-to-bird transition that occurred in reptiles millions of years ago was accompanied by profound changes in the skull roof of those animals — and holds important clues about the way the skull forms in response to changes in the brain — according to a new study. […]

WFS News: Measuring a crucial mineral in the mantle

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev University of Delaware professor Jessica Warren and colleagues from Stanford University, Oxford University and University of Pennsylvania, reported new data that material size-effects matter in plate tectonics. Plate tectonics, the way the Earth’s plates move apart and come back together, has been used since the 1960s to explain […]

WFS News: Trilobite-like arthropod Agnostus pisiformis.

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev With the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of science’s most well-known fossil species; Agnostus pisiformis. The trilobite-like arthropod lived in huge numbers in Scandinavia a half-billion years ago. Today, this extinct species provides important […]

WFS News: fossils shed light animal evolution on Earth

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on earth. The international team, including palaeontologist from The University of Manchester, found a new set of trace fossils left by some of the first […]

EVIDENCE OF NEOTECTONIC ACTIVITY ALONG THE EAST COAST OF INDIAN PENINSULA

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev  388-12: EVIDENCE OF NEOTECTONIC ACTIVITY ALONG THE EAST COAST OF INDIAN PENINSULA                            ( ABSTRACT)    Riffin T Sajeev Wednesday, 25 October 201709:00 AM – 06:30 PM   Washington State Convention Center – Halls 4EF The […]

WFS facts: Why are fossilized hairs so rare?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev When most people hear the word fossil, they probably think of gigantic leg bones or sharp teeth. But, given the right conditions, after an animal dies even delicate body coverings like skin, hair and feathers can be preserved. New research led by The University of Texas at Austin […]

WFS Facts: Toba catastrophe theory

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev According to the Toba catastrophe theory, modern human evolution was affected by a recent, large volcanic event. Within the last three to five million years, after human and other ape lineages diverged from the hominid stem-line, the human line produced a variety of human species. According to the […]

WFS News: ‘Living fossil fish’ not as old as we thought

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Polypterids are weird and puzzling African fish that have perplexed biologists since they were discovered during Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt in the late 1700s. Often called living fossils, these eel-like misfits have lungs and fleshy pectoral fins, bony plates and thick scales reminiscent of ancient fossil fish, and […]