November 21, 2007 |
One of its claws might feed an entire family, but this sea creature would be more likely to eat the family. British researchers said Tuesday that they had discovered a foot-and-a-half-long fossilized claw of an ancient sea scorpion, a species that would have been 8 feet long, making it the largest arthropod ever discovered. "We knew the sea scorpions were among the largest creepy-crawlies ever, but we didn't realize just how big they could get," said paleontologist Simon J.
May 20, 2009 |
A 47-million-year-old primate fossil that is so complete scientists can even tell what the animal's last meal was promises to shed new light on the earliest stages of evolution of the lineage that eventually led to humans, researchers said Tuesday. The unprecedented fossil of a lemur-like creature that probably weighed no more than 2 pounds when it was fully grown is remarkable because it is the most complete primate specimen ever obtained.
May 15, 2005 |
Don't talk to Don and Kathy Wilkening about the movie "Jurassic Park." The same goes for TLC or Discovery Channel programs that show paleontologists unearthing a completely intact dinosaur skeleton with the swing of a pickax and the swipe of a finishing brush. "It's not three brushstrokes and into the Smithsonian," said Don, who along with his wife hosts weekend and weeklong classes at the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum here. "That's not real paleontology."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 18, 2006 |
The fossilized remains of what may be the largest meat-eating dinosaur has been discovered in Argentina -- a bus-sized monster that attacked its prey in roving packs, scientists announced Monday. The remains of at least seven of the beasts, named Mapusaurus roseae, were found clustered in 100-million-year-old rocks south of the city of Plaza Huincul in western Patagonia.
July 29, 1994 |
Bob Cassaday, 68, wields a cheap but wicked looking commando knife to scrape sandstone from around a bony protuberance on a hillside. "This has got me mildly excited," says Cassaday, a retired Navy lieutenant commander from Escondido. Paleontologist Kraig Derstler watches over Cassaday's shoulder. "That's a posterior rib for sure," Derstler tells him. "Way posterior." Within an hour, Cassaday has uncovered about 10 inches of brown, shiny bone that once belonged to a duckbill dinosaur.