Posts Tagged ‘WFS’

WFS News: Tooth Loss Precedes the Origin of Baleen in Whales

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Rivaling the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, one of the most extraordinary transformations in the history of life was the evolution of baleen — rows of flexible hair-like plates that blue whales, humpbacks and other marine mammals use to filter relatively tiny prey from gulps of ocean water. […]

Seismic analysis reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth’s interior

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to a first-of-its-kind seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench. The observations from the deepest ocean trench in the world have important implications for the global water cycle, according to researchers in […]

Massive impact crater from a kilometer-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland

An international team lead by researchers from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen have discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth’s […]

Ancient DNA reveals history of extinct Caribbean monkey

Analysis of ancient DNA of a mysterious extinct monkey named Xenothrix — which displays bizarre body characteristics very different to any living monkey — has revealed that it was in fact most closely related to South America’s titi monkeys (Callicebinae). Having made their way overwater to Jamaica, probably on floating vegetation, their bones reveal they […]

Demise of Indus Valley civilization could have been a result of climate change.

More than 4,000 years ago, the Harappa culture thrived in the Indus River Valley of what is now modern Pakistan and northwestern India, where they built sophisticated cities, invented sewage systems that predated ancient Rome’s, and engaged in long-distance trade with settlements in Mesopotamia. Yet by 1800 BCE, this advanced culture had abandoned their cities, […]

evolution of animal ecosystem on islands

Islands have been vital laboratories for advancing evolutionary theory since the pioneering work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in the 19th century. Now, a new paper appearing in PLOS ONE from an international team of investigators describes two new fossil relatives of marsupials that shed light on how a unique island ecosystem evolved […]

Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

During the late Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago, birds belonging to hundreds of different species flitted around the dinosaurs and through the forests as abundantly as they flit about our woods and fields today. But after the cataclysm that wiped out most of the dinosaurs, only one group of birds remained: the […]

WFS News:Evolution of High Tooth Replacement Rates in Sauropod Dinosaurs

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Evolution of High Tooth Replacement Rates in Sauropod Dinosaurs Citation: D’Emic MD, Whitlock JA, Smith KM, Fisher DC, Wilson JA (2013) Evolution of High Tooth Replacement Rates in Sauropod Dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69235. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069235 Editor: Alistair Robert Evans, Monash University, Australia Abstract Background Tooth replacement rate can be calculated […]

WFS News: Linking Geology and Microbiology

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Linking Geology and Microbiology: Inactive Pockmarks Affect Sediment Microbial Community Structure Citation: Haverkamp THA, Hammer Ø, Jakobsen KS (2014) Linking Geology and Microbiology: Inactive Pockmarks Affect Sediment Microbial Community Structure. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85990. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0085990 Editor: Hauke Smidt, Wageningen University, Netherlands Pockmarks are geological features that are found on the […]

WFS News: Synthetic microorganisms and study of evolution

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists at Scripps Research and their collaborators have created microorganisms that may recapitulate key features of organisms thought to have lived billions of years ago, allowing them to explore questions about how life evolved from inanimate molecules to single-celled organisms to the complex, multicellular lifeforms we see […]