Fossil Science News
|A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain's last Plantagenet king. This forensic study will feature in a documentary, 'Richard III: The New Evidence,' airing on Channel 4 on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. ...> Full Article|
|One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found -- a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail -- has found its place in the evolutionary tree of life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time. ...> Full Article|
Researchers from the Universities of York, Macquarie and Oxford have discovered new evidence to suggest that the origins of mummification started in ancient Egypt 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.
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|Scientists discovered the bones of nearly 50 winged reptiles from a new species, Caiuajara dobruskii, that lived during the Cretaceous in southern Brazil. ...> Full Article|
|A new study led by an Adelaide scientist has revealed how massive, meat-eating, ground-dwelling dinosaurs -- the theropods -- evolved into agile flyers: they just kept shrinking and shrinking, for over 50 million years. ...> Full Article|
Although atherosclerosis is widely thought to be a disease of modern times, computed tomographic evidence of atherosclerosis has been found in the bodies of a large number of mummies. In a paper published in Global Heart the authors review the findings of atherosclerotic calcifications in the remains of ancient people -- humans who lived across a very wide span of human history and over most of the inhabited globe.
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|Scientists are searching through a massive collection of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and the effort is yielding fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited. (Includes a video about the work narrated by David Attenborough.) ...> Full Article|
|Denmark attracted international attention in 2012 when archaeological excavations revealed the bones of an entire army, whose warriors had been thrown into the bogs near the Alken Enge wetlands in East Jutland after losing a major engagement in the era around the birth of Christ. Work has continued in the area since then and archaeologists and experts from Aarhus University, Skanderborg Museum and Moesgaard Museum have now made sensational new findings. ...> Full Article|
|A groundbreaking new book that brings together two of the major disciplines behind 'Jurassic Park' is aiming to raise the profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique illustrations. ...> Full Article|
Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
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|A piece of research by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has determined, on the basis of the Ametzagaina site, in San Sebastian, the mobility patterns and management of lithic resources. ...> Full Article|
|UC research on mammoths and mastodons could benefit modern-day elephants. ...> Full Article|
|3-D imaging of a Paleolithic child's skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage. ...> Full Article|
|After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely disappeared. Only a million years later, at Mexican Hat, in southeastern Montana, fossil leaves show diverse leaf-mining traces from new insects that were not present during the Cretaceous, according to paleontologists. ...> Full Article|
|An ancient ancestor of the elephant, once believed to have disappeared from North America before humans ever arrived there, might actually have roamed the continent longer than previously thought. Archaeologists, including the University of Arizona's Vance Holliday, have uncovered the first evidence that gomphotheres were once hunted in North America. ...> Full Article||