Archive for the ‘General’ Category

WFS News: Como Bluff:The Dinosaur Graveyard

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Como Bluff is a long ridge with views of sagebrush prairie for as far as the eye can see. It extends roughly east-west, and is about 10 miles long and 1 mile wide. Geologically, the ridge is one limb of an anticline, formed as a result of the […]

WFS News:Tick with dinosaur blood found in amber fossil

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev In a discovery which is eerily similar to the opening scenes of Jurassic Park, experts found the fossilised blood sucking parasite trapped in amber. The insect is actually a newly discovered species of tick, which has been called Deinocroton draculi or “Dracula’s terrible tick”, and would have fed […]

WFS News: Mysterious deep-Earth seismic signature explained

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev New research on oxygen and iron chemistry under the extreme conditions found deep inside Earth could explain a longstanding seismic mystery called ultralow velocity zones. Published in Nature, the findings could have far-reaching implications on our understanding of Earth’s geologic history, including life-altering events such as the Great […]

WFS News: How Earth stops high-energy neutrinos in their tracks

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev For the first time, a science experiment has measured Earth’s ability to absorb neutrinos — the smaller-than-an-atom particles that zoom throughout space and through us by the trillions every second at nearly the speed of light. The experiment was achieved with the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 […]

WFS News: Why did the Earth’s ancient oceans disappear?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev We think of oceans as being stable and permanent. However, they move at about the same speed as your fingernails grow. Geoscientists at CEED, University of Oslo have found a novel way of mapping the Earth’s ancient oceans. The surface of the Earth is in constant motion. New […]

WFS News: 280-Million-Year-Old Fossil Forest Discovered in Antarctica

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Antarctica wasn’t always a land of ice. Millions of years ago, when the continent was still part of a huge Southern Hemisphere landmass called Gondwana, trees flourished near the South Pole. Now, newfound, intricate fossils of some of these trees are revealing how the plants thrived — and […]

WFS news: World’s longest sauropod dinosaur track way brought to light

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev In 2009, the world’s largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks, sprawling over more than 150 meters. They form the longest sauropod trackway ever to be found. […]

WFS News: Finger and toe fossils belonged to tiny primates 45 million years ago

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev At Northern Illinois University, Dan Gebo opens a cabinet and pulls out a drawer full of thin plastic cases filled with clear gelatin capsules. Inside each numbered capsule is a tiny fossil — some are so small they rival the diminutive size of a mustard seed. It’s hard […]

WFS News: Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for first time in India

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists in India have discovered a 152 million-year-old fossil of an ichthyosaur – an extinct marine reptile – in the western state of Gujarat. This is the first time an ichthyosaur fossil has been discovered in India.The fossil was found inside rocks from the Mesozoic Era, which […]

WFS News:Growing pains: The oldest trees on Earth ripped themselves apart, fossils show

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists have discovered 374-million-year-old tree fossils from the dawn of Earth’s forests — and found that these strange plants literally had to rip themselves apart as they grew. The fossils, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shed light on the nature of ancient forests […]