Posts Tagged ‘world fossil society’

WFS News: Mammals were nocturnal until dinosaur extinction…

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev With enormous predators like Tyrannosaurus Rex skulking around in the daytime it is not surprising that the first mammals chose to live under the cover of darkness. In fact, a new study, from University College London has found that our ancestors did not emerge from the shadows until […]

WFS News: komatiites may offer new insights into earth’s evolution

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The first 1.5 billion years of Earth’s evolution is subject to considerable uncertainty due to the lack of any significant rock record prior to four billion years ago and a very limited record until about three billion years ago. Rocks of this age are usually extensively altered […]

WFS News: Chicxulub asteroid impact cooled Earth’s climate more than previously thought

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev The Chicxulub asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs likely released far more climate-altering sulfur gas into the atmosphere than originally thought, according to new research. A new study makes a more refined estimate of how much sulfur and carbon dioxide gas were ejected into Earth’s atmosphere from […]

WFS News: why the largest are not always the fastest

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev No other animal on land is faster than a cheetah — the elephant is indeed larger, but slower. For small to medium-sized animals, larger also means faster, but for really large animals, when it comes to speed, everything goes downhill again. For the first time, it is now […]

WFS News: Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev More than 99% of all the species that have ever lived on our planet are now extinct, and while the majority of these die-offs can be attributed to competition or failure to adapt, many perished during dramatic cataclysmic events. The fossil record shows us that these mass extinctions […]

WFS News: Past Ocean Temperatures were colder?

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev A team of researchers has discovered a flaw in the way past ocean temperatures have been estimated up to now. Their findings could mean that the current period of climate change is unparalleled over the last 100 million years. According to the methodology widely used by the scientific […]

WFS Dino Facts : Ophthalmosaurus ‭(‬Eye lizard‭)

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Name: Ophthalmosaurus ‭(‬Eye lizard‭)‬. Phonetic: Of-fal-moe-sore-us. Named By: Harry Govier Seeley‭ ‬-‭ ‬1874. Synonyms: Apatodontosaurus,‭ ‬Ancanamunia,‭ ‬Baptanodon,‭ ‬Paraophthalmosaurus,‭ ‬Yasykovia. Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Ichthyosauria,‭ ‬Ophthalmosauridae,‭ ‬Ophthalmosaurinae. Species: O.‭ ‬icenicus‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬O.‭ ‬natans,‭ ‬O.‭ ‬saveljeviensis,‭ ‬O.‭ ‬yasykovi. Diet: Piscivore,‭ ‬possibly a specialist in deep water squid. Size: Up to‭ […]

WFS News: Fossil Footprints Reveal Existence of Big Early Dinosaur Predator

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A trail of fossilized three-toed footprints that measure nearly two feet (57 cm) long shows that a huge meat-eating dinosaur stalked southern Africa 200 million years ago at a time when most carnivorous dinosaurs were modest-sized beasts. Scientists on Thursday described the footprints from an […]

WFS News: Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for first time in India

@ WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists in India have discovered a 152 million-year-old fossil of an ichthyosaur – an extinct marine reptile – in the western state of Gujarat. This is the first time an ichthyosaur fossil has been discovered in India.The fossil was found inside rocks from the Mesozoic Era, which […]

WFS News:Growing pains: The oldest trees on Earth ripped themselves apart, fossils show

@WFS,World Fossil Society,Riffin T Sajeev,Russel T Sajeev Scientists have discovered 374-million-year-old tree fossils from the dawn of Earth’s forests — and found that these strange plants literally had to rip themselves apart as they grew. The fossils, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shed light on the nature of ancient forests […]