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How Fossil Fish Make Front-Page News

How Fossil Fish Make Front-Page News

Perhaps you’ve heard about Entelognathus primordialis this week. Wait, the scientific name doesn’t ring a bell on its own? What if I refer to it as the 419-million-year old placoderm fish that surprised everyone with its beautifully preserved, surprisingly modern-looking jaw?

September 28, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Two-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Reveal Strange and Puzzling Forms

To a human, two billion years is an unfathomable interval. But that, a team of European, Gabonese, and American scientists now say, is how long ago a recently discovered hoard of fossils suggests Earth’s first big life evolved — large enough to see with the naked eye, and in a spectrum of forms that tease [...]

January 29, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer
What on Earth Made These Perfect Fossil Rings?

What on Earth Made These Perfect Fossil Rings?

See these annular structures? They are 492 million years old and come from Wisconsin. Here are some more. Was there a severe shortage of beer coasters in Cambrian Wisconsin?

February 18, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer
The Jehol-Wealden International Conference, 2013

The Jehol-Wealden International Conference, 2013

This Friday and Saturday (20th and 21st September, 2013), the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, is hosting the Jehol-Wealden International Conference.

September 18, 2013 — Darren Naish

A DIY Fossil Hunting Activity for Pre-K Classrooms

The following project constitutes a half-hour activity for 3-, 4-, or 5-year olds. It includes the entire process from finding fossils to putting the recovered pieces together like a puzzle to drawing our best guess at what it looked like in life.

May 23, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
The 500-lb. Chicken From Hell

The 500-lb. Chicken From Hell

Source: 500-Pound "Chicken from Hell" Dinosaur Once Roamed North America by Kate Wong at Observations Illustration credit: Mark Klingler, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Nothing you could find in any hen house could prepare you for the 11.5-foot tall, 500-lb.

March 26, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Late Cretaceous Animals of Romania's Haţeg Island--a More Complex View

Over the past several years, I and colleagues have aimed to improve our knowledge of the Late Cretaceous fauna of the Haţeg Island, a landmass that corresponds to modern-day Romania. This work is led by the Transylvanian Museum Society’s Mátyás Vremir and the University of Bucharest’s Zoltán Csiki-Sava and involves researchers based in the UK and USA as well as Romania. We’ve found a lot of new stuff in the field, much of it at localities discovered within recent years by Mátyás. Our work has involved azhdarchid pterosaurs (Vremir et al. 2013, 2015), archaic birds and related theropods (Dyke et al. 2012, Cau et al. 2015), turtles (Dyke et al. 2015), and there are in-prep projects on multituberculate mammals, crocodyliforms and lizards.

September 28, 2015 — Darren Naish

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, Brewed from Real Fossils!

With craft brewing on the rise and many breweries tinkering with flavorings that range from the somewhat obvious (honey or citrus) to the eyebrow-raising (jalapeño, hemp, or even peanut butter cup) it was only a matter of time before someone stared a 35-million year old fossil in the face and thought, “would you make a [...]

March 25, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios