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WFS News: Tiny tyrannosaur fossil discovery changes the dinosaur timeline

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Tyrannosaurus rex wasn’t always the king of the dinosaurs. Before they became towering predators, tyrannosaurs started out much smaller, and a newly discovered fossil is helping fill the gap between those two extremes. The fossil findings are detailed in a study published Thursday in Communications Biology. The dinosaur fossil […]

WFS News: 2.1-Billion-Year-Old Fossil May Be Evidence of Earliest Moving Life-Form

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev About 2.1 billion years ago, a blob-like creature inched along on an early Earth. As the organism moved, it carved out tunnels, which may be the earliest evidence of a moving critter on the planet. Until this discovery, the earliest evidence of motility — that is, an organism’s […]

WFS News: Ancient Passerines Fossils reveals Oldest Finch-Beaked Birds

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A 52-million-year fossil of a “perching bird” has been found in Wyoming with its feathers still attached, a discovery that “no one’s ever seen before.” Also known as passerines, the perching bird was discovered in Fossil Lake, WY. Passerines are well-known for eating seeds, as most modern-day birds do and […]

WFS News: kangaroo fossil reveals origin of marsupial hop

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Artistic reconstruction showing the balbarid kangaroo relative Nambaroo gillespieae (top left)                                                                         ( Peter […]

WFS News: Detection of lost calamus challenges identity of isolated Archaeopteryx feather

@WFS,World Fossil Society, Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Abstract Thomas G. Kaye,  Michael Pittman,  Gerald Mayr,  Daniela Schwarz &  Xing Xu  Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 1182 (2019) In 1862, a fossil feather from the Solnhofen quarries was described as the holotype of the iconic Archaeopteryx lithographica. The isolated feather’s identification has been problematic, and the fossil was considered either a […]

WFS News: Dinosaur-like archosaur Smok wawelski was crushing bones like a hyena

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Coprolites, or fossil droppings, of the dinosaur-like archosaur Smok wawelski contain lots of chewed-up bone fragments. This led researchers at Uppsala University to conclude that this top predator was exploiting bones for salt and marrow, a behavior often linked to mammals but seldom to archosaurs. Most predatory dinosaurs used their […]

WFS News: Pterosaurs: Fur flies over feathery fossils

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Two exceptionally well preserved fossils give a new picture of the pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived at the time of the dinosaurs. Scientists believe the creatures may have had feathers, and looked something like brown bats with fuzzy wings. The surprise discovery suggests feathers evolved not in […]

WFS News: Antarctanax,an Iguana-sized dinosaur from Antarctica

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Antarctica wasn’t always a frozen wasteland — 250 million years ago, it was covered in forests and rivers, and the temperature rarely dipped below freezing. It was also home to diverse wildlife, including early relatives of the dinosaurs. Scientists have just discovered the newest member of that family […]

WFS News: Koreamegops samsiki,The ancient spider had eyes that shone in the dark

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev IF YOU COULD time-travel to Korea 110 million years ago, you’d see an eerie spectacle if you walked out at night with a flashlight: Each sweep of your beam would make the landscape sparkle as innumerable spider eyes glinted in the dark. In a new study in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology, […]

WFS News: What’s the World’s Largest Dinosaur?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The battle for the title of world’s largest dinosaur is complicated. Here’s why: Paleontologists rarely discover an entire skeleton. They’re more likely to uncover bone fragments and then try to estimate a profile of height and weight. Moreover, there are three categories for largest dinosaur on record: the […]