Archive for the ‘General’ Category

WFS News: Super-continental split likely occurred more recently than scientists previously thought?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A nearly 130-million-year-old fossilized skull found in Utah is an Earth-shattering discovery in one respect. The small fossil is evidence that the super-continental split likely occurred more recently than scientists previously thought and that a group of reptile-like mammals that bridge the reptile and mammal transition experienced an […]

WFS News: Globally discordant Isocrinida (Crinoidea) migration confirms asynchronous Marine Mesozoic Revolution

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new study of marine fossils from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand and South America reveals that one of the greatest changes to the evolution of life in our oceans occurred more recently in the Southern Hemisphere than previously thought. The results are published today (17 May 2018) in […]

WFS News: Enamel Ultrastructure in Fossil Cetaceans

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Enamel Ultrastructure in Fossil Cetaceans (Cetacea: Archaeoceti and Odontoceti) Citation: Loch C, Kieser JA, Fordyce RE (2015) Enamel Ultrastructure in Fossil Cetaceans (Cetacea: Archaeoceti and Odontoceti). PLoS ONE 10(1): e0116557. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0116557 Academic Editor: Matthew C. Mihlbachler, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, UNITED STATES Abstract The transition from terrestrial ancestry to […]

WFS News: An early Cambrian greenhouse climate

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev An early Cambrian greenhouse climate Thomas W. Hearing et.al, Science Advances  09 May 2018:Vol. 4, no. 5, eaar5690,DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar5690 The oceans of the early Cambrian (~541 to 509 million years ago) were the setting for a marked diversification of animal life. However, sea temperatures—a key component of the early Cambrian marine […]

WFS News: Fossil study reveals first bird beaks had teeth

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Researchers have pieced together the three-dimensional skull of an iconic, toothed bird that represents a pivotal moment in the transition from dinosaurs to modern-day birds. Ichthyornis dispar holds a key position in the evolutionary trail that leads from dinosaurian species to today’s avians. It lived nearly 100 million […]

WFS News: A new archaic baleen whale Toipahautea waitaki (early Late Oligocene, New Zealand) and the origins of crown Mysticeti

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new archaic baleen whale Toipahautea waitaki (early Late Oligocene, New Zealand) and the origins of crown Mysticeti Cheng-Hsiu Tsai, R. Ewan Fordyce. A new archaic baleen whale Toipahautea waitaki (early Late Oligocene, New Zealand) and the origins of crown Mysticeti. Royal Society Open Science, 2018; 5 (4): 172453 DOI: 10.1098/rsos.172453 A new […]

WFS News: Calcium Nodules as a Proxy for Quaternary Paleoclimate Change on China’s Loess Plateau

@WFS,World Fosssil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Calcium Nodules as a Proxy for Quaternary Paleoclimate Change on China’s Loess Plateau Citation: He W, He H, Zhu M (2015) Calcium Nodules as a Proxy for Quaternary Paleoclimate Change on China’s Loess Plateau. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0143928. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0143928 Editor: Juan A. Añel, Universidade de Vigo, SPAIN Abstract Different proxies […]

WFS News: Forensic scanning technology reveals Dodo’s violent death

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=hhpM5KZSNBg The famous Oxford Dodo died after being shot in the back of the head, according to breakthrough research by Oxford University Museum of Natural History and WMG at the University of Warwick. Using revolutionary forensic scanning technology and world-class expertise, researchers have discovered surprising evidence that […]

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, […]