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WFS News: Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skull tells evolutionary tale

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how […]

WFS News:Teleosaster creasyi,Fossil of a new species of starfish

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new species of ancient starfish-like sea creature has been discovered in a remote town nearly 200 kilometres from the ocean by University of Western Australia, Curtin University and University of Cambridge researchers. Brittle stars, or ophiuroids, are closely related to starfish.More than 2,000 species are found in […]

Remobilization of crustal carbon may dominate volcanic arc emissions

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new analysis suggests that much of the carbon released from volcanic arcs, chains of volcanoes that arise along the tectonic plates of a subduction zone, comes from remobilizing limestone reservoirs in the Earth’s crust. Previous research suggested carbon was sourced from the mantle as a result of […]

WFS News: A new species of Tritylodontid found in Japan

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev  Teeth can reveal a lot, such as how the earliest mammals lived with their neighbors. Researchers have uncovered dozens of fossilized teeth in Kuwajima, Japan and identified this as a new species of tritylodontid, an animal family that links the evolution of mammals from reptiles. This finding suggests […]

The birth and death of a tectonic plate

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Several hundred miles off the Pacific Northwest coast, a small tectonic plate called the Juan de Fuca is slowly sliding under the North American continent. This subduction has created a collision zone with the potential to generate huge earthquakes and accompanying tsunamis, which happen when faulted rock abruptly […]

WFS News: Maiopatagium furculiferum,First winged mammals from the Jurassic period?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Two 160 million-year-old mammal fossils discovered in China show that the forerunners of mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees. With long limbs, long hand and foot fingers, and wing-like membranes for tree-to-tree gliding, Maiopatagium furculiferum and Vilevolodon diplomylos are the oldest known […]

WFS News: Well-preserved 110 MYO dinosaur found in Canada

@ WFS,World Fossil Society ,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev AN EXTRAORDINARILY well-preserved 110-million-year-old dinosaur found in a mine pit in Canada now has a name and evidence of a troubled past, researchers said Thursday. With fossilized skin and scales, the dragon-like creature is actually a new kind of nodosaur, coined Borealopelta markmitchelli, after the museum […]

WFS News: Montsechia vidalii ,First Flower on Earth?

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Three was the magic number for the very first flowering plant. The largest study into their early evolution has concluded that its flowers probably had petal-like tepals and pollen-bearing stamens arranged in layered whorls of three. It bore similarities with magnolias, buttercups and laurels – but was […]

WFS News: Whether sills caused mass extinction?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A study by a researcher in the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences offers new clues to what may have triggered the world’s most catastrophic extinction, nearly 252 million years ago. James Muirhead, a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences, is the co-author of an […]

WFS News: Boy trips, falls and discovers million-year-old Ice Age fossil

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev,Fossil Researchers have their hands on a rare fossil from the Pleistocene era thanks to a 10-year-old’s clumsiness.Jude Sparks said he literally fell on the 1.2-million-year-old skull of a stegomastodon — a massive prehistoric creature with tusks like an elephant — while on a hike with his parents […]