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Odd Creatures: Fossils & Ruins
October 29, 2020

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Ancient Marine Predator Had a Built-in Float

About 240 million years ago, when reptiles ruled the ocean, a small lizard-like predator floated near the bottom of the edges in shallow water, picking off prey with fang-like teeth. A short and flat ...

Giant Lizards Learnt to Fly Over Millions of Years

Most detailed every study into how animals evolve to better suit their environments shows that pterosaurs become more efficient at flying over millions of years before going extinct with the ...

Antarctica Yields Oldest Fossils of Giant Birds With 21-Foot Wingspans

Some of the largest birds in history, called pelagornithids, arose a few million years after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs and patrolled the oceans with giant wingspans for some ...

These Two Bird-Sized Dinosaurs Evolved the Ability to Glide, but Weren't Great at It

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they ...
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Ancient Adélie Penguin Colony Revealed by Snowmelt at Cape Irizar, Ross Sea, Antarctica

Researchers encountered a puzzle at Cape Irizar, a rocky cape located just south of the Drygalski Ice Tongue on the Scott Coast, Ross Sea. He found both ancient and what appeared to be fresh remains ...

Experts have examined the evidence that prehistoric flying reptiles called pterosaurs had feathers and believe they were, in fact, ...

Salute the Venerable Ensign Wasp, Killing Cockroaches for 25 Million Years

A new study has identified four new species of parasitic, cockroach-killing ensign wasps that became encased in tree resin 25 million years ago and were preserved as the resin fossilized into ...

Jaws of Death: Paleontologist Renames Giant, Prehistoric Marine Lizard

Paleontologists describe a new genus of mosasaur, Gnathomortis stadtmani, a marine lizard that roamed the oceans of North America toward the end of the Age of ...

Wild Birds as Offerings to the Egyptian Gods

Millions of mummified ibis and birds of prey, sacrificed to the Egyptian gods Horus, Ra or Thoth, have been discovered in the necropolises of the Nile Valley. Such a quantity of mummified birds ...

World's Largest DNA Sequencing of Viking Skeletons Reveals They Weren't All Scandinavian

Invaders, pirates, warriors - the history books taught us that Vikings were brutal predators who travelled by sea from Scandinavia to pillage and raid their way across Europe and beyond. Now ...

Did Our Early Ancestors Boil Their Food in Hot Springs?

Scientists have found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled, long before the control of ...

To Recreate Ancient Recipes, Check out the Vestiges of Clay Pots

UC Berkeley archaeologists have discovered that unglazed ceramic cookware can retain the residue of not just the last supper cooked, but earlier meals as well, opening a window onto gastronomic ...

Skeletal Study Suggests at Least 11 Fish Species Are Capable of Walking

An international team of scientists has identified at least 11 species of fish suspected to have land-walking ...

A 400-Year-Old Chamois Will Serve as a Model for Research on Ice Mummies

Discovered in Val Aurina, South Tyrol (Italy) and now in the laboratory of Eurac Research's mummy experts, the remains will be studied in order to improve the conservation techniques of mummies ...

A new study has revealed the size of the legendary giant shark Megalodon, including fins that are as large as an adult ...

Newly Discovered Rare Dinosaur Embryos Show Sauropods Had Rhino-Like Horns

An incredibly rare dinosaur embryo discovered perfectly preserved inside its egg has shown scientists new details of the development and appearance of sauropods which lived 80 million years ...

Atlantic Sturgeon in the King's Pantry -- Unique Discovery in Baltic Shipwreck from 1495

Researchers can now reveal what the Danish King Hans had planned to offer when laying claim to the Swedish throne in 1495: A two-meter-long Atlantic sturgeon. The well-preserved fish remains were ...

Fossil Evidence of 'Hibernation-Like' State in 250-Million-Year-Old Antarctic Animal

Scientists report evidence of a hibernation-like state in Lystrosaurus, an animal that lived in Antarctica during the Early Triassic, some 250 million years ago. The fossils are the oldest evidence ...

First Complete Dinosaur Skeleton Ever Found Is Ready for Its Closeup at Last

The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified has finally been studied in detail and found its place in the dinosaur family tree, completing a project that began more than a century and a half ...

Using Math to Examine the Sex Differences in Dinosaurs

When you only have fossils to go off of, it's hard to tell which dinosaur traits, like size and ornamentation, are related to the animals' sex, and which traits are related to other things ...

Catching Genes from Chlamydiae Allowed Complex Life to Live Without Oxygen

Researchers has discovered a new group of Chlamydiae - named the Anoxychlamydiales - living under the ocean floor without oxygen. These have genes that allow them to survive without oxygen while ...

Vast Stone Monuments Constructed in Arabia 7,000 Years Ago

New archaeological research in Saudi Arabia documents hundreds of stone structures interpreted as monumental sites where early pastoralists carried out ...

Life in a Nutshell: New Species Found in the Carapace of Late Cretaceous Marine Turtle

Scientists have identified a new ichnospecies from the shell of an extinct marine turtle fossil, the first known species coexisting on living marine ...

Two Major Microbial Groups Living Deep Underground Can't Breathe

A new scientific study has revealed unique life strategies of two major groups of microbes that live below Earth's surface. These groups, originally thought to rely on symbiotic relationships ...

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