Archive for the ‘General’ Category

WFS News: 50 Rare Dinosaur Footprints Found on Scottish Island

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev n 2015, palaeontologists found hundreds of sauropod tracks on the Isle of Skye, making the rocky island Scotland’s most significant dinosaur site. Now, as Nicola Davis reports for the Guardian, researchers have unearthed around 50 more footprints at a nearby site, which, unlike the previous location, includes the tracks of carnivorous […]

WFS News: Fossil scales illuminate the early evolution of lepidopterans and structural colors

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Lepidopteran scales exhibit remarkably complex ultrastructures, many of which produce structural colors that are the basis for diverse communication strategies. Little is known, however, about the early evolution of lepidopteran scales and their photonic structures. We report scale architectures from Jurassic Lepidoptera from the United Kingdom, Germany, Kazakhstan, […]

WFS News: An Extraordinary Gobioid Fish Fossil from Southern France

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev An Extraordinary Gobioid Fish Fossil from Southern France Abstract Background The classification of gobioid fishes is still under discussion. Several lineages, including the Eleotridae and Butidae, remain difficult to characterize because synapomorphies are rare (Eleotridae) or have not yet been determined (Butidae). Moreover, the fossil record of these […]

WFS News: A Time-Lapse Bathymetry Study of the Kick-‘em-Jenny Volcano

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Researchers got a rare opportunity to study an underwater volcano in the Caribbean when it erupted while they were surveying the area. The research, published today in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, provides new insight into the little-studied world of underwater volcanoes. It investigated a volcano named Kick-’em-Jenny (KeJ), […]

WFS News: Correlative microscopy of the constituents of a dinosaur rib fossil and hosting mudstone: Implications on diagenesis and fossil preservation

 @WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T sajeev Citation: Kim J-K, Kwon Y-E, Lee S-G, Kim C-Y, Kim J-G, Huh M, et al. (2017) Correlative microscopy of the constituents of a dinosaur rib fossil and hosting mudstone: Implications on diagenesis and fossil preservation. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186600. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186600 Editor: Dong Hoon Shin, Seoul National University College of Medicine, […]

WFS News: A method for rapid 3D scanning and replication of large paleontological specimens

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Citation: Das AJ, Murmann DC, Cohrn K, Raskar R (2017) A method for rapid 3D scanning and replication of large paleontological specimens. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0179264. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179264 Editor: Pasquale Raia, Seconda Universita degli Studi di Napoli, ITALY The field of paleontology has transformed in the last few years as […]

WFS News: Two-billion-year-old evaporites capture Earth’s great oxidation.

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A 2-billion-year-old chunk of sea salt provides new evidence for the transformation of Earth’s atmosphere into an oxygenated environment capable of supporting life as we know it. The study by an international team of institutions including Princeton University found that the rise in oxygen that occurred about 2.3 […]

WFS News: Baby tyrannosaur fossil unearthed in Montana

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev For now, there are just a few things researchers and students at the University of Kansas want people to dig about the new dinosaur they recently excavated in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation. First off, it’s a “fabulous” complete section of the upper jaw with all of its teeth […]

WFS facts: dating of fossils

 @WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev  So, how do we know how old a fossil is? There are two main methods determining a fossils age, relative dating and absolute dating. Relative dating is used to determine a fossils approximate age by comparing it to similar rocks and fossils of known ages. Absolute dating is used to […]

WFS News:60-year-old paleontological mystery of a ‘phantom’ dicynodont

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new study has re-discovered fossil collections from a 19th century hermit that validate ‘phantom’ fossil footprints collected in the 1950s showing dicynodonts coexisting with dinosaurs. Before the dinosaurs, around 260 million years ago, a group of early mammal relatives called dicynodonts were the most abundant vertebrate land […]