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WFS News: First detailed 3-D images of a megathrust fault off Costa Rica

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Geophysicists have obtained detailed three-dimensional images of a dangerous megathrust fault west of Costa Rica where two plates of the Earth’s crust collide. The images reveal features of the fault surface, including long grooves or corrugations, that may determine how the fault will slip in an earthquake. The […]

WFS News: Did surface life evolve on Mars?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The planet Mars has long drawn interest from scientists and non-scientists as a possible place to search for evidence of life beyond Earth because the surface contains numerous familiar features such as dried river channels and dried lake beds that hint at a warmer, wetter, more earthlike climate […]

WFS News: Young tourist helps Edmonton researchers in discovery of rare Colombian fish fossil

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Edmonton paleontologists are crediting a keen-eyed tourist for spotting a never-before-seen fish fossil in flagstones outside a Colombian monastery. The perfectly-preserved “lizard fish” specimen is an estimated 90 million years old and has no modern relatives. The extremely rare specimen is the first fossil of its kind to […]

WFS news: New Egyptian sauropod (Mansourasaurus ) reveals Late Cretaceous dinosaur dispersal between Europe and Africa

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev When it comes to the final days of the dinosaurs, Africa is something of a blank page. Fossils found in Africa from the Late Cretaceous, the time period from 100 to 66 million years ago, are few and far between. That means that the course of dinosaur evolution […]

WFS News: The oldest Archaeopteryx : a new specimen from Bavaria

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich report the first description of the geologically oldest fossil securely attributable to the genus Archaeopteryx, and provide a new diagnostic key for differentiating bird-like dinosaurs from their closest relatives. Some 150 million years ago in what is now Northern Bavaria, Archaeopteryx — […]

WFS News: Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Teeth and bones of the extinct bat – which was about three times the size of an average bat today […]

WFS News: Sclerocormus parviceps, an ichthyosauriform that’s breaking all the rules about what ichthyosaurs are like

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Two hundred and fifty million years ago, life on earth was in a tail-spin–climate change, volcanic eruptions, and rising sea levels contributed to a mass extinction that makes the death of the dinosaurs look like child’s play. Marine life got hit hardest–96% of all marine species went extinct. […]

WFS News: Mongolian microfossils point to the rise of animals on Earth

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A Yale-led research team has discovered a cache of embryo-like microfossils in northern Mongolia that may shed light on questions about the long-ago shift from microbes to animals on Earth. Called the Khesen Formation, the site is one of the most significant for early Earth fossils since the […]

WFS News: Ancient dolphin species Urkudelphis chawpipacha discovered.

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new dolphin species likely from the Oligocene was discovered and described in Ecuador, according to a study published December 20, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Yoshihiro Tanaka from the Osaka Museum of Natural History, Japan, and colleagues. Many marine fossils described in previous research […]

WFS News: Habelia optata, A 508-million-year-old sea predator

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Paleontologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto have entirely revisited a tiny yet exceptionally fierce ancient sea creature called Habelia optata that has confounded scientists since it was first discovered more than a century ago. The research […]