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WFS News: Prehistoric frog in 99-million-year-old amber

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev In the film Jurassic Park, dinosaur DNA is extracted from mosquitoes which had been preserved in amber. Now, scientists have discovered an amber fossil of a juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar dating back about 99 million years.Although the species is extinct, it has now been named Electrorana limoae […]

WFS News: A new therocephalian from Russia

@ WFS,World Fosssil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new therocephalian (Gorynychus masyutinae gen. et sp. nov.) from the Permian Kotelnich locality, Kirov Region, Russia Kammerer CF, Masyutin V. (2018) A new therocephalian (Gorynychus masyutinae gen. et sp. nov.) from the Permian Kotelnich locality, Kirov Region, Russia. PeerJ 6:e4933https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4933 A new therocephalian taxon (Gorynychus masyutinae gen. et sp. nov.) is described based […]

WFS News: A new insight into the mechanism of biosilicification

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Formation of Asymmetrical Structured Silica Controlled by a Phase Separation Process and Implication for Biosilicification Citation: Shi J-Y, Yao Q-Z, Li X-M, Zhou G-T, Fu S-Q (2013) Formation of Asymmetrical Structured Silica Controlled by a Phase Separation Process and Implication for Biosilicification. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61164. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0061164 Editor: Vipul Bansal, […]

WFS News: Study On prehistoric diets

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Whenever we think about extinct animals we often imagine them eating their favourite meals, whether it be plants, other animals or a combination of both. But are our ideas about extinct diets grounded within scientific reasoning, or are they actually little more than conjecture and speculation? New research, […]

WFS News: ROM mapping of ligamentous constraints on avian hip mobility: implications for extinct ornithodirans

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev ROM mapping of ligamentous constraints on avian hip mobility: implications for extinct ornithodirans Armita R. Manafzadeh, Kevin Padian Studies of soft tissue effects on joint mobility in extant animals can help to constrain hypotheses about joint mobility in extinct animals. However, joint mobility must be considered in three dimensions […]

WFS News: Did the transition to plate tectonics cause Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev  Did the transition to plate tectonics cause Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth? Citation: Stern RJ, Miller NR. Did the transition to plate tectonics cause Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth? Terra Nova. 2018;30:87–94. https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12321 When Earth’s tectonic style transitioned from stagnant lid (single plate) to the modern episode of plate tectonics is important but unresolved, and all lines of […]

WFS News:A new large-bodied thalattosuchian crocodyliform from the Lower Jurassic (Toarcian) of Hungary

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new large-bodied thalattosuchian crocodyliform from the Lower Jurassic (Toarcian) of Hungary, with further evidence of the mosaic acquisition of marine adaptations in Metriorhynchoidea. Ősi A, Young MT, Galácz A, Rabi M. (2018)  PeerJ 6:e4668 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4668 Based on associated and three-dimensionally preserved cranial and postcranial remains, a new thalattosuchian crocodyliform, Magyarosuchus fitosi gen. et […]

WFS News: A unified model of the formation mechanism of spherical carbonate concretions contain exceptionally well-preserved fossils

@WFS,World Fosssil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Spherical, isolated carbonate concretions occur throughout the world in marine argillaceous sedimentary rocks of widely varying geological ages. These concretions are characteristically highly enriched in CaCO3compared to the surrounding sedimentary rock matrices and are typically separated from these rock matrices by sharp boundaries1,2,3. These sharp boundaries mean that […]

WFS News: A new species of Late Cretaceous Peritresius sp. sea turtles found

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new species of Peritresius Leidy, 1856 (Testudines: Pan-Cheloniidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) of Alabama, USA, and the occurrence of the genus within the Mississippi Embayment of North America Citation: Gentry AD, Parham JF, Ehret DJ, Ebersole JA (2018) A new species of Peritresius Leidy, 1856 (Testudines: Pan-Cheloniidae) from the Late Cretaceous […]

WFS News: Resolving the identity of Platylithophycus, an enigmatic fossil

@WFS,world Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Resolving the identity of Platylithophycus, an enigmatic fossil from the Niobrara Chalk (Upper Cretaceous, Coniacian–Campanian) Citation:Allison W. Bronson, John G. Maisey. Resolving the identity of Platylithophycus, an enigmatic fossil from the Niobrara Chalk (Upper Cretaceous, Coniacian–Campanian). Journal of Paleontology, 2018; 1 DOI: 10.1017/jpa.2018.14 Misidentified fossils are common in paleontology, but Platylithophycus has undergone a […]