Archive for the ‘General’ Category

WFS News: Plant fossils provide new insight into the uplift history of SE Tibet

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The Tibetan Plateau, the highest and largest plateau in the world, is well known as ‘The Third Pole’. Tibet has also been called ‘Asia’s water tower’ because so many of Asia’s major rivers such as the Ganges, Indus, Tsangpo/Brahmaputra, Mekong, Yellow and Yangse rivers originate there. Despite its […]

WFS News: Scientists have discovered the oldest colors in the geological record

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev  1.1-billion-year-old porphyrins establish a marine ecosystem dominated by bacterial primary producers.  N. Gueneli, A. M. McKenna, N. Ohkouchi, C. J. Boreham, J. Beghin, E. J. Javaux, and J. J. Brocks.              PNAS, 2018 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803866115 The average cell size of marine phytoplankton is critical […]

WFS News: Evidence for arboreal radiation of stem primates in the Palaeocene

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Oldest skeleton of a plesiadapiform provides additional evidence for an exclusively arboreal radiation of stem primates in the Palaeocene Stephen G. B. Chester, Thomas E. Williamson, Jonathan I. Bloch, Mary T. Silcox, Eric J. Sargis Palaechthonid plesiadapiforms from the Palaeocene of western North America have long been recognized as among the oldest […]

WFS News: Early African Fossils Elucidate the Origin of Embrithopod Mammals

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Long before rhinoceros, giraffes, hippos, and antelopes roamed the African savannah, a group of large and highly specialized mammals known as embrithopods inhabited the continent. The most well known is Arsinoitherium, an animal that looked much like a rhinoceros but was in fact more closely related to elephants, […]

WFS News: New species of sponge-like fossil from the Cambrian Period

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists have discovered the fossil of an unusual large-bodied sponge-like sea-creature from half a billion years ago. The creature belongs to an obscure and mysterious group of animals known as the chancelloriids, and scientists are unclear about where they fit in the tree of life.They represent a lineage […]

WFS News: A new Miocene pinniped Allodesmus from Japan

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new Miocene pinniped Allodesmus (Mammalia: Carnivora) from Hokkaido, northern Japan Wataru Tonomori, Hiroshi Sawamura, Tamaki Sato, Naoki Kohno Published 16 May 2018.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.172440 A nearly complete pinniped skeleton from the middle Miocene Okoppezawa Formation (ca 16.3–13.9 Ma), Hokkaido, northern Japan, is described as the holotype of Allodesmus uraiporensis sp. nov. The new species is distinguishable from other […]

WFS News:Fossil Anemone Tracks Don’t Fit Evolution

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Fossil Anemone Tracks Don’t Fit Evolution Interesting markings were recently found on a rock in Newfoundland. A study concluded that they were trails left by seafloor-dwelling animals around 565 million years ago. But such a find is difficult to reconcile with the evolutionary teaching that muscles, and therefore […]

WFS News: First seismic evidence for mantle exhumation at an ultraslow-spreading center

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Episodic magmatism and serpentinized mantle exhumation at an ultraslow-spreading centre A mountain range with a total length of 65,000 kilometers runs through all the oceans. It marks the boundaries of tectonic plates. Through the gap between the plates material from the Earth’s interior emerges, forming new seafloor, building […]

WFS News: Extending the paleontology–biogeography reciprocity with species distribution models (SDM)

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Extending the paleontology–biogeography reciprocity with SDMs: Citation: Eduardo AA, Martinez PA, Gouveia SF, Santos FdS, Aragão WSd, Morales-Barbero J, et al. (2018) Extending the paleontology–biogeography reciprocity with SDMs: Exploring models and data in reducing fossil taxonomic uncertainty. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0194725. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194725 Editor: Magnus Ivarsson, Swedish Museum of Natural History, […]

WFS News: CENOMANIAN-TURONIAN BIVALVES AND ECHINOIDS FROM NORTHERN WADI QENA, CENTRAL EASTERN DESERT, EGYPT

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev CENOMANIAN-TURONIAN BIVALVES AND ECHINOIDS FROM NORTHERN WADI QENA,CENTRAL EASTERN DESERT, EGYPT Abdel Galil HEWAIDY, Emad NAGM, El Sayed MONEER Egypt. Jour. Paleontol., Vol. 14, 2014, p. 209-242 The outcrops of the Cenomanian-Turonian rocks are widely distributed and well exposed in the central Eastern Desert and include beds rich […]