Archive for the ‘General’ Category

WFS News:Seafloor data point to global volcanism after Chicxulub meteor strike

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev New University of Oregon research has identified gravity-related fluctuations dating to 66 million years ago along deep ocean ridges that point to a “one-two punch” from the big meteor that struck off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, possibly triggering a worldwide release of volcanic magma that could have helped seal […]

WFS News: When did flowers originate?

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new UCL-led research. The study, published today in New Phytologist by researchers from the UK and China, shows that flowering plants are neither as old as suggested by previous molecular studies, nor as young […]

WFS News: Part spider, part scorpion creature captured in amber

By Elizabeth PennisiFeb. 5, 2018 , @WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Amber mined for centuries in Myanmar for jewelry is a treasure trove for understanding the evolution of spiders and their other arachnid relatives. This week, two independent teams describe four 100-million-year-old specimens encased in amber that look like a cross between a […]

WFS News: Earth’s core and mantle separated in a disorderly fashion

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Plumes of hot rock surging upward from the Earth’s mantle at volcanic hotspots contain evidence that the Earth’s formative years may have been even more chaotic than previously thought, according to new work from a team of Carnegie and Smithsonian scientists published in Nature. It is well understood […]

WFS News: Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Trapped in Amber

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The squashed remains of a small bird that lived 99 million years ago have been found encased in a cloudy slab of amber from Myanmar (Burma). While previous birds found in Burmese amber have been more visually spectacular, none of them have contained as much of the skeleton […]

WFS News: Revolutionary theory on horse evolution

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists have long wondered how the horse evolved from an ancestor with five toes to the animal we know today. While it is largely believed that horses simply evolved with fewer digits, researchers at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) pose a new theory […]

WFS News: Rare 450-million-year-old ‘cone-shaped’ fossil discovery

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Researchers from the University of Leicester, working with an international team of geologists, have discovered an enigmatic fossil of a 450 million year-old creature resembling a tiny ice-cream cone. Fossils of the creature, in which the ‘body’ resembles a scoop of ice cream atop the cone, was located […]

WFS News: 508-year old bristle worm found

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev TORONTO — A new fossil species of bristle worm has been found at the 508-million-year-old Marble Canyon site in B.C.’s Kootenay National Park. The worm found at the Burgess Shale site is helping scientists better understand analids, which include present-day leeches and earthworms.They are found in nearly all […]

WFS News: Expedition to explore the Havre volcano reveals surprising underwater details

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev On July 18, 2012, passengers on an airline flight over the Southwest Pacific Ocean glimpsed something unusual — a raft of floating rock known as pumice that indicated an underwater volcanic eruption had occurred on the seafloor northeast of New Zealand. The raft eventually grew to more than […]

WFS News: Crepidosoma Doyleii,435m-year-old starfish fossil

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A 435 million-year-old starfish fossil has been discovered in Conamara, Co Galway.The specimen will go on display at the Museum of Natural History in Dublin.It was discovered by geologist Dr Eamon Doyle in Maam Valley. Details of the find are contained in the latest issue of the Irish […]