November 20, 2004 |
A 13-million-year-old fossil of an ape, discovered in Spain, is from the last probable common ancestor of humans and great apes, Spanish researchers reported this week in the journal Science. A team of fossil sleuths unearthed an animal with a body like an ape, fingers like a chimp and the upright posture of humans. The ancient ape bridges the gap between earlier, primitive animals and later, modern creatures.
August 12, 2006 |
A new technique allowing virtual dissections of half-billion-year-old fossil embryos is producing the first three-dimensional images of the dawn of life. "Because of their tiny size and precarious preservation, embryos are the rarest of all fossils," said lead researcher Phil Donoghue of Bristol University in England. "But these fossils are the most precious of all because they contain information about the evolutionary changes that have occurred in embryos over the past 500 million years."
May 20, 1987 |
Scientists in northern San Diego County have found what they believe is the largest deposit of dinosaur bones ever discovered in Southern California, an official at the San Diego Natural History Museum said Tuesday. "It's the most complete dinosaur skeleton in Southern California," said Tom Demere, assistant curator for paleontology. "This will be the only partial skeleton found in the state in 50 years," he said.
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June 10, 2007 |
Harley Garbani excused himself, ducked out of the room and returned with a savage set of 6-inch teeth and claws. "Take a look," he said, displaying the finer, if sharper, points of a Tyrannosaurus rex. "If he picks you up with these, you can kiss your butt goodbye." That fate seems unlikely these days even if Garbani's home is more appropriate to, say, Jurassic Park than the trailer park in Hemet where he lives.
November 21, 2009 |
Crocodiles have a nasty reputation, but the leathery, snappish critters have been around so long that they probably gave dinosaurs a fright too. On Thursday, University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and his colleague at McGill University in Montreal, Hans Larsson, unveiled fossils of five ancient crocodile species -- nicknamed BoarCroc, RatCroc, DuckCroc, DogCroc and PancakeCroc -- that lived with and, in some cases, hunted and ate dinosaurs...
March 29, 1998 |
For more than a decade, Orange County has required that fossils and other artifacts that are dug up by developers with county permits remain within its borders. But unlike its neighbors, the county never established a bona fide museum where million-year-old whale bones and other treasures can be researched by scientists and viewed by children.
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March 29, 1998 |
For more than a decade, Orange County has required that fossils and other artifacts dug up by developers with county permits remain within its borders. But unlike its neighbors, the county never established a bona fide museum where million-year-old whale bones and other treasures can be researched by scientists and viewed by children.
January 30, 2010 |
The long-dead bones of a four-winged dinosaur, the cat-sized Microraptor gui , have inspired lively argument among present-day paleontologists. How, they ask, did such an animal coast through the skies? For a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers took an unusual approach to test the 125-million-year-old dinosaur's flight capability -- they built a life-size model microraptor from a beautifully preserved fossil skeleton found in China.
February 25, 2006 |
The discovery of the remains of a furry, beaver-like animal that lived at the time of dinosaurs has overturned more than a century of scientific thinking about Jurassic mammals. The find shows that the role of mammals in the time of dinosaurs was greater than previously thought, said Zhe-Xi Luo, curator of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
June 28, 1990 |
On a shale-covered hillside on the inaccessible northern shore of Greenland, British and Danish researchers have for the first time found intact fossils of one of the first complex animals to inhabit the Earth, a discovery that sheds new light on a crucial period of evolution that is still largely hidden by time.