Posts Tagged ‘fossil’

WFS News:Teleosaster creasyi,Fossil of a new species of starfish

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A new species of ancient starfish-like sea creature has been discovered in a remote town nearly 200 kilometres from the ocean by University of Western Australia, Curtin University and University of Cambridge researchers. Brittle stars, or ophiuroids, are closely related to starfish.More than 2,000 species are found in […]

WFS News: Boy trips, falls and discovers million-year-old Ice Age fossil

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev,Fossil Researchers have their hands on a rare fossil from the Pleistocene era thanks to a 10-year-old’s clumsiness.Jude Sparks said he literally fell on the 1.2-million-year-old skull of a stegomastodon — a massive prehistoric creature with tusks like an elephant — while on a hike with his parents […]

WFS News: fossil Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi reveals lifestyle of ancient armor-plated reptile

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev An exceptionally-preserved fossil from the Alps in eastern Switzerland has revealed the best look so far at an armoured reptile from the Middle Triassic named Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi. The fossil is extremely rare in that it contains the animal’s complete skeleton, giving an Anglo-Swiss research team a very clear […]

Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive

The fossils of an extinct species from the Triassic Period are the long-missing link that connects Kermit the Frog’s amphibian brethren to wormlike creatures with a backbone and two rows of sharp teeth, new research shows. Named Chinlestegophis jenkinsi, the newfound fossil is the oldest relative of the most mysterious group of amphibians: caecilians. Today, these limbless, colorful serpentine carnivores live underground and range in size from 6 inches to 5 feet.

Fossil holds new insights into how fish evolved onto land

The fossil of an early snake-like animal — called Lethiscus stocki — has kept its evolutionary secrets for the last 340-million years. Now, an international team of researchers has revealed new insights into the ancient Scottish fossil that dramatically challenge our understanding of the early evolution of tetrapods, or four-limbed animals with backbones.

World’s ‘first named dinosaur’ reveals new teeth with scanning tech!

Pioneering technology has shed fresh light on the world’s first scientifically-described dinosaur fossil — over 200 years after it was first discovered — thanks to research.

Just how old are animals?

The origin of animals was one of the most important events in the history of Earth. Beautifully preserved fossil embryos suggest that our oldest ancestors might have existed a little more than half a billion years ago.

3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How Spines Evolved

The spines of our early ancestors have been mysterious. They are not well preserved in the fossil record, Alemseged explains, because they are much more fragile than other parts of the animal, like teeth.

This specimen is particularly unique, because it belongs to a child whose individual vertebrae are “still in the process of fusing and forming.” He says that’s why “the data is so unique, shedding light on one of the key milestone events in human evolution and that is the transition from the more ape-like arrangement of the backbone to the more humanlike arrangement of the backbone.”

WFS News: Parvancorina fossil suggests Life in the Precambrian may have been much livelier

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The Garden of the Ediacaran was a period in the ancient past when Earth’s shallow seas were populated with a bewildering variety of enigmatic, soft-bodied creatures. Scientists have pictured it as a tranquil, almost idyllic interlude that lasted from 635 to 540 million years ago. But a new […]

WFS News: Ammonite ‘death drag’ fossil discovered

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The “death drag” of a prehistoric “squid” – or ammonite – made 150-million-years-ago has been preserved as an incredible fossil. The animal’s shell made the 8.5m-long mark as it drifted along the seafloor after its death.Ammonites are one of the most common and popular fossils collected by amateur […]