Posts Tagged ‘fossils’

WFS News: fossils shed light animal evolution on Earth

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on earth. The international team, including palaeontologist from The University of Manchester, found a new set of trace fossils left by some of the first […]

WFS News: Evidence of Earthquakes recorded on fossils

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) has captured major attention from paleoseismologists due to evidence from several large (magnitude 8-9) earthquakes preserved in coastal salt marshes. Stratigraphic records are proving to be useful for learning about the CSZ’s past, and microfossils may provide more answers about large ancient earthquakes. […]

WFS News: Hyolith fossils find place on the tree of life

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A strange animal that lived on the ocean floor 500 million years ago has been assigned to the tree of life, solving a long-held mystery. The creature has eluded scientific classification since the first fossil was discovered 175 years ago.The extinct hyolith has a cone-shaped shell, tentacles for […]

WFS News: Laser used to unlock mysteries of fossils

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T sajeev A researcher from the University of Cambridge is on the Bonavista Peninsula to get a better understanding of what’s left some of the oldest organisms in the history of life on earth.Paleontologist Emily Mitchell is using a hand-held laser to map thousands of large, complex fossils — dating from about 560 […]

WFS News: Dinosaur-era fossils unearthed in Antarctica

An international research team just made a big fossil discovery in Antarctica, unearthing a haul of remains that date between 67 million and 71 million years old. “We found a lot of really great fossils,” Steve Salisbury, of the University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences, said in a press release. “The rocks the were […]

Ichibengops : pre-mammal fossils from Zambia

Scientists at The Field Museum have identified a new species of pre-mammal in what is now Zambia. Thanks to a unique groove on the animal’s upper jaw, it was dubbed Ichibengops (Itchy-BEN-gops), which combines the local Bemba word for scar (ichibenga), and the common Greek suffix for face (ops). Put simply: Scarface. Believed to be […]

Nautilus survives 500 million years — until humans fancy it

No matter how well adapted an animal may be, it can spell evolutionary doom to have feathers or even shells that become coveted by human beings. Take the nautilus, a creature that pulled easily through the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. It now hangs on the brink of extinction thanks to the misfortune […]