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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001
Researchers from the American Museum of Natural History have unearthed a 130-million-year-old dinosaur covered from head to tail with downy fluff and primitive feathers, above. They report in today's Nature that it is the first dinosaur discovered with its entire body covering intact, providing the best evidence yet that animals developed feathers for warmth before they could fly.
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SCIENCE
May 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Builders in Cuzco, Peru have found the fossil of a giant armadillo nearly the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, researchers said Thursday. Archeologist Pedro Luna of the National Institute of Culture said the fossil was almost complete and was 6 feet 6 inches long, including the tail, with an average height of 3 feet. "It was an animal that appeared 2 million years before Christ and would have died out 10,000 to 15,000 years BC because of a freeze," Luna said.
SCIENCE
April 9, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
The middle-aged woman and the young boy, perhaps her son or simply another member of her tribe, were out hunting on the African plains or maybe looking for water in the midst of a drought when they fell into a sinkhole, dying almost instantly. Shortly thereafter, a monsoon or a flood washed them into a deeper basin, where they were covered with mud and rapidly fossilized. In 2008, nearly 2 million years later, another boy, 9-year-old Matthew Berger, discovered part of their skeletons outside the Malapa cave north of Johannesburg, South Africa, a find that experts have dubbed one of the most important of recent times.
SCIENCE
March 30, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Fossilized imprints of raindrops that were sealed into stone 2.7 billion years ago indicate that Earth's early atmosphere could have been packed with greenhouse gases, according to new research that addresses a long-standing paradox of the planet's early history. About 2 billion years ago, the young sun was far less bright, emitting less than 85% of the light and heat it puts out today. With such weak sunlight, Earth should have remained frozen. But ancient water-damaged rocks and algae-like fossils show clear evidence that there was indeed liquid water in the distant past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Fossil remains of a previously unknown species of whale that lived 2 million to 4 million years ago have been found in the tony seaside neighborhood of La Jolla, officials said Wednesday. The fossils were identified last week by paleontologists as the remains of an extinct type of baleen whale that swam in a huge bay covering what is now Mount Soledad. The remains were unearthed six months ago while construction crews were replacing a drinking water reservoir.
WORLD
October 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Remains of two previously unknown species of 120-million-year-old flying reptiles have been found in northeastern China, an international team of scientists said. The creatures belong to a group of reptiles called pterosaurs, or winged lizards, that previously had been found only in Europe. The fossils were unearthed at Jehol in the west of Liaoning province.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The fossils unearthed during construction of Mesa Consolidated Water District's new reservoir will go on permanent display at Orange Coast College and in the lobby of the water district, officials said this week. Though they set no date for the displays, directors of the water district voted Thursday to split the collection between its own headquarters and OCC.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
The Interpretive Center at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park takes visitors back to Orange County's past, where they learn about the animals that once roamed the land or lived in the sea. The result of the many fossils found at the park site was the creation of the regional park in Buena Park and the museum in 1988 to preserve and display the rare finds. The park is also the only place in Orange County where children--and adults--can go out and actually search for prehistoric fossils.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
For the crew from a small Bakersfield museum, the trip home from an auction house in Los Angeles was bittersweet. They had managed to retrieve some of the fossils that had been on display at the museum for years, but many others were left behind, out of reach forever. Their two SUVs were packed with what museum supporters could acquire for the $24,000 they'd raised: ancient whale vertebrae, a dolphin skull, teeth from an array of sharks and the four-tusked hippopotamus-like desmostylus ?
SCIENCE
April 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An international team of scientists has discovered 4.1-million-year-old fossils in eastern Ethiopia that fill a missing gap in human evolution, they reported in the journal Nature. The teeth and bones belong to a primitive species known as Australopithecus anamensis, an ape-man creature that walked on two legs. "This new discovery closes the gap between the fully blown australopithecines and earlier forms we call Ardipithecus," said anthropologist Tim White of UC Berkeley.
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