Paleontology

Over a ton of fossils discovered near James Ross Island in Antarctica

Over a ton of fossils discovered near James Ross Island in Antarctica

Huge trove of fossils dating back between 71 million and 64 million years ago has been discovered in Antarctica. The discovery was not an easy one as researchers were required to overcome extreme weather conditions and icy obstacles to reach at the destination.

Researchers have discovered dinosaur fossils and remains of early fossils. They have also discovered fossils belonging to marine reptiles, including remains of plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. Researchers did not give up even after making many failed attempts.

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Half-dozen Primate Fossils unearthed from China may solve Evolution of Primates

Half-dozen Primate Fossils unearthed from China may solve Evolution of Primates

Fossils of six new species discovered in China may shed light on evolution of primates. These furry creatures lived in southern China approximately 34 million years ago, as per a study conducted by a group of researchers.

The fossils are of six extinct primate species that were previously unknown, announced researchers on Thursday. Four of the creatures are alike lemurs of Madagascar, one seems like Philippines’ tarsiers, and the remaining primate species is similar to monkey.

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North America's First Monkeys Could Have Rafted Over to Panama on Vegetation: Research

North America's First Monkeys Could Have Rafted Over to Panama on Vegetation: Research

New fossils of monkeys unearthed in Panama may shed light on North America's first monkey. Previously, it was believed that monkey ancestors migrated to North America from South America no earlier than four million years ago, but a new analysis pushes the tale of ancient migration to 21 million years ago.

Before the recent discovery of seven monkey teeth in Panama, historians believed that monkey ancestors first landed on the North American soil some four million years ago when both the continents became one.

Wiltshire Farmhouse Owner Accidentally finds Remains of Roman Villa

Wiltshire Farmhouse Owner Accidentally finds Remains of Roman Villa

A Wiltshire resident accidentally found remains of Roman villa in his garden when he was laying electric cables. Now, it is believed that the discovery could be one of the largest such Roman villas in Britain.

According to the land owner, Luke Irwin, he unearthed the ancient villa when he was working at his farmhouse in Tisbury so that his children could play table tennis. The villa may date back around 1,400 years and may have been home to an emperor.

An ancient arthropod carried its baby in a trail similar to kite

An ancient arthropod carried its baby in a trail similar to kite

Scientists have realized a unique practice performed by an ancient creature through its fossils discovered embedded in volcanic deposits in Herefordshire, England. The 430-million-year-old arthropod is somewhat like lobsters and centipedes. The creature used trail made of egg pouches tethered with threads to its baby in order to keep track of its juvenile. This all gave a kite-like effect.

Scientists reconstruct colors of an ancient snake while it was alive

Scientists reconstruct colors of an ancient snake while it was alive

Using a sophisticated scanning technology, scientists have found what might have been the colors of the skin of an ancient snake, discovered in a colorless fossil. Preserved as a fossil, the 10-million-year-old snake doesn’t have a head. It would have been green colored along with black or brown blotches, and pale on inside.

The study, which appeared on March 31 in the journal Current Biology, reported that the description is similar to some of the present day snakes that belong to the same family.

Spider-look-alike dating back to 305 million years ago providing vital information about arachnid evolution

Spider-look-alike dating back to 305 million years ago providing vital information about arachnid evolution

Discovery of a fossil being dubbed by some as ‘the almost spider’ will certainly help scientists to understand the evolution of modern arachnids. Dating back to 305 million years ago, the fossil is of an ancient arachnid that was found in iron carbonate.

The discovery has been detailed in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The species known as idmonarachne brasieri has all the main features of a spider. But it does not have the spinnerets that made spiders so popular. Spinnerets allow spiders to weave and turn their silk into webs.

Lengthy text on slab may unveil name of God or Goddess to whom Etruscans worshipped

Lengthy text on slab may unveil name of God or Goddess to whom Etruscans worshipped

A slab buried for more than 2,500 years is having rich details about Etruscan worship of a God or Goddess. Archeologists in Italy have discovered the inscribed slab from an Etruscan temple. The lengthy text inscribed in sandstone slab will provide a wealth of new information about the lost culture of the Etruscans.

Ancient volcanoes at Yellowstone were less in count and bigger than earlier estimates

Ancient volcanoes at Yellowstone were less in count and bigger than earlier estimates

The Yellowstone National Park is equally known for its ancient volcanic activity as much it is known for its geysers, hot springs, terraces and hydrothermal features. Still, there is much left to discover about big volcanoes in the Yellowstone region. Recently, researchers carrying out study on the volcanic zone at Idaho suspected that 12 recorded volcanoes to date were bigger than previously thought.

Newly discovered Alaskan butterfly could shed light on Arctic’s geological history

Newly discovered Alaskan butterfly could shed light on Arctic’s geological history

According to researchers, a newly discovered butterfly species from Alaska may shed some more light on the pace of climate change. A study appeared last week in the Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera suggested that the Tanana Arctic, or Oeneis tanana, has probably evolved from an uncommon hybrid when two butterflies species mated prior to the last ice age.

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