Archive for the ‘General’ Category

WFS News: Sollasina cthulhu, The ‘Monstrous’ ancient fossil

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev An incredibly well-preserved fossil unearthed in Herefordshire has been named after a hideous creature from fiction: Sollasina cthulhu. Although no larger than 3cm wide, its array of tentacles reminded the team who discovered it of the monster Cthulhu created by American author H.P. Lovecraft. A gigantic entity worshipped by cultists, the […]

WFS News:The First Definite Lambeosaurine Bone From the Liscomb Bonebed of the Upper Cretaceous Prince Creek Formation, Alaska, United States

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The First Definite Lambeosaurine Bone From the Liscomb Bonebed of the Upper Cretaceous Prince Creek Formation, Alaska, United States Ryuji Takasaki,Anthony R. Fiorillo, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Ronald S. Tykoski & Paul J. McCarthy  Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 5384 (2019) The Prince Creek Formation of Alaska, a rock unit that represents lower coastal plain and […]

WFS News: Fossil barnacles reveal prehistoric whale migrations

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Isotopes from fossil coronulid barnacle shells record evidence of migration in multiple Pleistocene whale populations Many whales take long journeys each year, spending summers feeding in cold waters and moving to warm tropical waters to breed. One theory suggests that these long-distance migrations originated around 5 million years […]

WFS News: Oldest Frog Relative from North America

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev It’s possible that during the Triassic period, the crocodile-like phytosaur snapped at a frog-like creature, but missed. It’s a good thing it did, because 216 million years later, paleontologists have found the fossils of these tiny creatures, the oldest known frog relative from North America, a new […]

WFS News: Computer simulations on swimming of Ichthyosaurs

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Using computer simulations and 3D models, palaeontologists from the University of Bristol have uncovered more detail on how Mesozoic sea dragons swam. The research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, sheds new light on their energy demands while swimming, showing that even the first […]

WFS News: Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird adzebill traced to Africa

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird — the now extinct adzebill — showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. Led by the University of Adelaide, the research in the journal Diversity showed that […]

WFS News: Prehistoric worms populated the sea bed 500 million years ago

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Prehistoric worms populated the sea bed 500 million years ago — evidence that life was active in an environment thought uninhabitable until now, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows. The sea bed in the deep ocean during the Cambrian period was thought to have been inhospitable […]

WFS News: Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum prolonged by fossil carbon oxidation

WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev  Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum prolonged by fossil carbon oxidation A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years, according to scientists. Their study, published online in Nature Geoscience, provides new evidence of a climate feedback that […]

WFS News: Eretmorhipis carrolldongi,Early Triassic marine reptile

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev No animal alive today looks quite like a duckbilled platypus, but about 250 million years ago something very similar swam the shallow seas in what is now China, finding prey by touch with a cartilaginous bill. The newly discovered marine reptile Eretmorhipis carrolldongi from the lower Triassic period is […]

WFS News: T. rex fossil leads researchers to new species of shark

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev T. rex fossil leads researchers to new species of shark Scientists examining rock left over from the discovery of a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex recently came across a surprise: shark teeth. The huge meat-eating dinosaur, the remains of which were extricated in the 1990s, was not killed by a shark. But, scientists said on […]