Archive for March, 2018

WFS News: Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Antarctica is one of the harshest environments on the planet. As the coldest, driest continent, it harbors a world of extremes. The powerful katabatic winds that rush from the polar plateau down the steep, vertical drops around the continent’s coast can stir up turbulent snowstorms lasting days or weeks, and the […]

WFS News: Unique diamond impurities indicate water deep in Earth’s mantle

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A UNLV scientist has discovered the first direct evidence that fluid water pockets may exist as far as 500 miles deep into the Earth’s mantle. Groundbreaking research by UNLV geoscientist Oliver Tschauner and colleagues found diamonds pushed up from the Earth’s interior had traces of unique crystallized water […]

WFS News: Half-Billion-Year-Old Fossil Brains Found in Ancient Predator (Kerygmachela kierkegaardi)

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev With help from 15 fossils recently discovered in Greenland, scientists are now able to peer inside the brain of an animal that lived 520 million years ago. The extinct species, Kerygmachela kierkegaardi, swam in ocean waters during an evolutionary arms race called the Cambrian explosion. Flanked by 11 wrinkly flaps […]

WFS News: Caudal autotomy as anti-predatory behaviour in Palaeozoic reptiles

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Imagine that you’re a voracious carnivore who sinks its teeth into the tail of a small reptile and anticipates a delicious lunch, when, in a flash, the reptile is gone and you are left holding a wiggling tail between your jaws. A new study by the University of […]

WFS News: Baby bird fossil ( Enantiornithes) gives a rare look at avian development

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The tiny fossil of a prehistoric baby bird is helping scientists understand how early avians came into the world in the Age of Dinosaurs. The fossil, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era (250-65 million years ago), is a chick from a group of prehistoric birds called, […]

WFS News: Tiny bubbles of oxygen got trapped 1.6 billion years ago

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Take a good look at this photo: It shows you 1.6 billion years old fossilized oxygen bubbles, created by tiny microbes in what was once a shallow sea somewhere on young Earth. The bubbles were photographed and analyzed by researchers studying early life on Earth. Microbes are […]

WFS News: Complete genomes of extinct and living elephants sequenced

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev An international team of researchers has produced one of the most comprehensive evolutionary pictures to date by looking at one of the world’s most iconic animal families — namely elephants, and their relatives mammoths and mastodons-spanning millions of years. The team of scientists-which included researchers from McMaster, the […]