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Written By: grant on October 12, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Phramgocone of Belemnitella, In Flint</i>, 1851

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A “phragmocone” is a fancy word for a shell of a nautilus or ammonoid, and “Belemnitella” is a genus of belemnite, which is to say, a prehistoric critter like squid with a long, chambered shell… that it kept inside, like a skeleton.

Once upon a time, they were all [...]

Written By: grant on September 5, 2014 No Comment

Popular Mechanics celebrates a new *double* record-breaker, a dinosaur bigger than anything that walked the Earth:

Today an international team of paleontologists unveiled the newest Mesozoic badass: Dreadnoughtus schrani. Weighing in at an astonishing 65 tons, standing two stories high at the shoulder, and measuring 85 feet long, this titan is the heaviest [...]

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Written By: grant on August 20, 2014 No Comment

A prehistoric worm with claws, says Live Science, has rewritten the origin story of crabs, spiders and mosquitos:

According to a new study of the creatures’ odd claws, Hallucigenia sparsa is the ancestor of modern-day velvet worms, which are strange, sluglike creatures with centipede-style legs.

The finding is surprising because it rewrites the evolutionary history of [...]

Written By: grant on July 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Step Into The Sky.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

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SOURCE: Based on “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”, Nature Communications, 15 July 2014, as used in the post “A: Prehistory’s largest micro-raptor. (Four [...]

Written By: grant on July 18, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has more on the prehistoric plaque that’s teaching us about our ancestors’ diets:

The research was carried out at Al Khiday, a pre-historic site on the White Nile in Central Sudan. It demonstrates that for at least 7,000 years, beginning before the development of agriculture and continuing after agricultural plants were also available [...]

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Written By: grant on July 16, 2014 No Comment

Q (from Nature): What’s 100 cm long, has long feathers and flew with four wings?

Here we describe a new ‘four-winged’ microraptorine, Changyuraptor yangi, from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China. With tail feathers that are nearly 30?cm long, roughly 30% the length of the skeleton, the new fossil possesses the longest known feathers [...]

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Written By: grant on May 14, 2014 No Comment

PbysOrg looks back into the distant past, when tiny shrimp left behind sperm longer than their bodies:

The giant sperm are thought to have been longer than the male’s entire body, but are tightly coiled up inside the sexual organs of the fossilised freshwater crustaceans, which are known as ostracods.

“These are the oldest fossilised [...]

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Written By: grant on May 11, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Le Monde Primitif</i>, by Adolphe-Franois Pannemaker, 1857.


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This eerie vision of an alien, ancient world greeted those who opened the front cover of W.F.A. Zimmerman’s Le monde avant la creation de l’homme, “the world before the creation of man.”

Dragons fighting in a damp swamp, lit by distant lava. A world from a dream.

Found in the Linda Hall [...]

Written By: grant on March 27, 2014 No Comment

BBC has the full story on a 75 million-year-old giant sea turtle fossil that took a century and a half to put together:

Atlantochelys mortoni was originally described from a broken arm bone, or humerus, found in the 1840s in the US state of New Jersey.

Remarkably, the missing portion has also now been unearthed.

The [...]

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