Ancient Mysteries

Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

American paleontologists have confirmed that fossils unearthed at a construction site near Marco's Pizza in Thornton, Colorado, belonged to a dinosaur that thrived in the area as many as 66 million years ago.

The paleontologists told reporters that the fossil was a 66-million-year-old skull of an adult triceratops – slow-moving herbivores that weighed more than six tones, and stood nearly 10 feet in height and 30 feet in length.

The site of the excavation is now being patrolled by security guards around the clock.

Researchers identify prehistoric sea worm with 50 head spines

Researchers identify prehistoric sea worm with 50 head spines

Researchers have unearthed fossils of a tiny faceless prehistoric sea worm that had dozens of spines jutting out of its head.

The bizarre, ancient creature with a Venus flytrap-like head evolved in the seas long before dinosaurs came into existence.

The new creature, named Capinatator praetermissus, was merely 4 inches in length with its spines being just around 1/3 of an inch long. It would eat smaller plankton and shrimp-like creatures.

Scientists find fossil of shark-like ancient sea creature

Scientists find fossil of shark-like ancient sea creature

A team of scientists claimed to have found fossilized remains of a new fish species that they believe looked and ate like a shark.

An analysis of the fossil revealed that it belonged to a previously unknown bony, sharp-toothed species that would have been nearly six-feet or 1.83 meters in length with long jaws and multiple layers of sharp teeth.

The long jaw and layers of teeth on the ancient fish called Birgeria Americana suggest that members of this species would have chomped down on its prey prior to swallowing it whole, like sharks.

Biologists in New Zealand find rare species of sunfish

Biologists in New Zealand find rare species of sunfish

A team of marine biologists have discovered a rare species of sunfish that managed to evade discovery for as many as three centuries by hiding in a very messy history of sunfish taxonomy.

The marine biologists have named the new species specimen, a two-ton creature, Hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) due to its elusiveness.

Human arrival in Australia pushed back by 18 thousand years

Human arrival in Australia pushed back by 18 thousand years

A new analysis of ancient tools by a team of archaeologists from the University of Queensland has suggested that humans left Africa and arrived in Australia far earlier than previously thought.

It has long been thought that modern humans or Homo sapiens existed on the African continent as far back as 200,000 years ago; and early humans arrived in Australia arrived nearly 47,000 years ago.

Scientists find first evidence for Majorana fermion

Scientists find first evidence for Majorana fermion

In 1937, a brilliant physicist named Ettore Majorana predicted that the fermions class of particles, which includes proton, electron, neutron, neutrino and quark, there should be particles acting as their own antiparticles.

Scientists find several new species in deep water off Australian Coast

Scientists find several new species in deep water off Australian Coast

A team of international scientists has discovered a number of new marine species in one of the most unexplored ecosystems in the world, the deep water off Australia.

More than three dozen scientists, including some from Museums Victoria and the CSIRO, explored on the dark abyss with crushing environment nearly 4000 meters below the surface using a vessel named Investigator.

During the one-month expedition, the Investigator visited a total of seven Commonwealth marine reserves from the Freycinet Peninsula to the Coral Sea off Queensland.

Volcanologists Reveal Interesting Information After Analyzing Crystals Deep Inside a Volcano

Volcanologists Reveal Interesting Information After Analyzing Crystals Deep Inside a Volcano

After checking crystals once deep inside a volcano, researchers are confident that they can better predict many factors that are linked to timing of eruption of a volcano. Volcanologists worked on an interesting project have published a research paper in journal Science after checking magma reservoir that lies below New Zealand's Mount Tarawera volcano. The research team added that before its eruption, a volcano offers many signals and it will be important to decipher those signals if we have to improve our prediction about volcanic eruptions.

Well Preserved young bird fossils with exceptional details found in Burmese amber

Well Preserved young bird fossils with exceptional details found in Burmese amber

Researchers have found fossils of young bird with remarkable details locked in Burmese amber. The Burmese amber has managed to well preserve fossils with most of skull and neck. The fossil also includes a partial wing, claws, soft tissue of the tail and hindlimbs. The research team reported that fossils belong to juvenile enantiornithine birds. The bird could be just a few days old when it got trapped in amber. Complete details of the research team findings have been published in the journal Gondwana Research.

Researchers discover first evidence of life on land

Researchers discover first evidence of life on land

Fossil evidence of early life discovered decades ago in old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara area of Western Australia is expected to shed more light on the evolution of early life on Earth.

After making a fresh analysis of the fossil, researchers estimated that the fossil evidence dates back almost 3.48 billion years. The estimated date of the fossil extends the previous known evidence of life at land-based hot springs on our planet by nearly 3 billion years.

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