Paleontology

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.

Ancient human race interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans on multiple occasions

Ancient human race interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans on multiple occasions

Modern human’s ancestors interbred with Neanderthals and another species of early humans on multiple occasions, as per a new study. It suggests our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals and Denisova hominin on at least four separate occasions in the past.

Our improved immunity to pathogens is the result of that prehistoric mating, said the study authors. “This is yet another genetic nail in the coffin of our over-simplistic models of human evolution”, said Carles Lalueza-Fox of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology. Lalueza-Fox wasn’t part of the study.

Researchers Claim to Have Solved Prehistoric puzzle Surrounding Tully monster

Researchers Claim to Have Solved Prehistoric puzzle Surrounding Tully monster

Fossil hunters digging the soil near a creek in north-central Illinois have come across a remarkable discovery — Tully monster. They have found the preserved remnants of a prehistoric creature, which appears to be having a long, arm-like appendage extending from below with a pincer-like mouth and its wide-set eyes pointed towards stalks.

Scott Lidgard, a paleontologist at Chicago’s Field Museum, said the Tully monster, which is Illinois’ official state fossil, beyond doubt was “very, very bizarre”.

New dinosaur fossil uncovers how T. rex topped food chain

New dinosaur fossil uncovers how T. rex topped food chain

Tyrannosaurus rex, a 40 feet long behemoth killer dinosaur, topped the food chain over 70 million years ago. However a new study has revealed that in the state, the size of tyrannosaurs species was small, comparable to humans. The evolution of species into a much bigger size has surprised paleontologists.

Paleontologists unearthed a fossil in Uzbekistan, which revealed missing link in the evolution of T. rex. The fossil belongs to a tyrannosaur, which had characteristics like a T. rex, but it wasn’t 40 feet long.

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