Posts Tagged ‘world fossil society’

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 […]

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 […]

WFS News: Climate Change and the Geophysical Underpinnings of Species Diversity

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Conserving the Stage: Climate Change and the Geophysical Underpinnings of Species Diversity Conservationists have proposed methods for adapting to climate change that assume species distributions are primarily explained by climate variables. The key idea is to use the understanding of species-climate relationships to map corridors and to identify […]

WFS News: Oldest skeleton of a fossil flying squirrel

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The oldest flying squirrel fossil ever found has unearthed new insight on the origin and evolution of these airborne animals. Writing in the open-access journal eLife, researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) in Barcelona, Spain, described the 11.6-million-year-old fossil, which was discovered in Can Mata […]

WFS News: Dinosaur from the Earliest Jurassic of South Africa

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A Giant Dinosaur from the Earliest Jurassic of South Africa and the Transition to Quadrupedality in Early Sauropodomorphs A new species of a giant dinosaur has been found in South Africa’s Free State Province. The plant-eating dinosaur, named Ledumahadi mafube, weighed 12 tonnes and stood about four metres […]