Category: Paleontology

This was the first victim of a tsumani that we know

6,000 Years is the age of the first victim of a known tsunami. This is what has just clarified a new investigation carried out in a skull fragment found in 1929 by the Australian geologist Paul Hossfeld, in a mangrove outside the coastal city of Aitape, in Papua New Guinea.
This new discovered dinosaur has bat wings
This new discovered dinosaur has bat wings
Ambopteryx longibrachium, lived 163 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Its main feature is that, to fly, it used wings similar to those of bats: membranous wings made of skin supported by a long, pointed bone of the wrist. Its fossil, found in 2017 by a local farmer in Liaoning Province (China), was well preserved, and reveals that the dinosaur was the size of a bird.
The first fossil millipede of the order 'Callipodida' is in amber and is 99 million years old
The first fossil millipede of the order 'Callipodida' is in amber and is 99 million years old
The first fossil millipede of the order 'Callipodida', and also the smallest among its contemporary relatives, about 99 million years old, has been found investigators on a piece of amber in Myanmar. There have only been a handful of millipede suborders erected in the last 50 years, so this finding constitutes a milestone that has been published in the open access magazine ZooKeys by Pavel Stoev of the National Museum of Natural History (Bulgaria) together with his colleagues, Thomas Wesener and Leif Moritz, from the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum (Germany).
What are cryptids and how do they relate to the Man of Flowers?
What are cryptids and how do they relate to the Man of Flowers?
In 1993, fossils were discovered by a tiny woman on the Indonesian island of Flores, in a cave called Liang Bua. Soon after, more individuals were found. Barely a meter high, they were nicknamed "hobbits", and were classified as Homo floresiensis. His discovery also brought to light the mystery of the cryptids.
The paleogenetics suggests that the relatives with whom we meet, the Denisovans, are actually two hominid species
The paleogenetics suggests that the relatives with whom we meet, the Denisovans, are actually two hominid species
Thanks to a new collection of genomic data possible by co-authors of the study of the Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology in Jakarta, Indonesia, it has been discovered that there is not only one lineage of Denisovans, but two different. It is even proposed that the second lineage be considered as another species.
So were the ancient sea cucumbers: the closest thing to the facehugger of 'Alien'
So were the ancient sea cucumbers: the closest thing to the facehugger of 'Alien'
The Alien or Xenomorph is a fictional parasitoid extraterrestrial biological entity that stars in the Alien film saga. In his larval phase of facehugger or abrazacaras he starred in one of the most terrifying scenes in the history of cinema. And now that we can know how ancestral sea cucumbers were, we realize that, at least in appearance, they looked a lot like each other.
For the first time, perfectly preserved dinosaur skin prints are found
For the first time, perfectly preserved dinosaur skin prints are found
Paleontologists are accustomed to finding dinosaur bones and footprints, and soft remains are scarce and poorly preserved. Now, for the first time, perfectly preserved prints of the skin of a perfectly preserved dinosaur are found. The discovery has taken place in village rocks in the city of Jinju, in South Korea.
The greatest dinosaur of all time has a name that doesn't sound like anything
The greatest dinosaur of all time has a name that doesn't sound like anything
When it comes to the aquatic environment, where we are not so subject to the rigors of gravity, it is clear that the blue whale is unparalleled when it comes to establishing which is the greatest creature of all time. If we focus on land animals, then dinosaurs will immediately come to mind.
This was the largest reef in the world and was 7,000 km long
This was the largest reef in the world and was 7,000 km long
The Great Barrier Reef, located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, can be seen from space because it is about 2,600 kilometers long. Not surprisingly, it is sometimes referred to as the largest living animal being in the world. However, this reef falls short if we compare it with the largest reef system of all time, which existed about 160 million years ago.
This was the first bird in history (according to the fossil record)
This was the first bird in history (according to the fossil record)
The oldest known fossil record bird was rebuilt from two partial skeletons found in Texas, United States, dating back 220 million years ago. Called Protoavis texensis in 1991, this pheasant-sized creature has raised little controversy by advancing the age of birds by many millions of years.
These stone tools and a home for our ancestors half a million years before thought
These stone tools and a home for our ancestors half a million years before thought
East Africa is widely regarded as the birthplace of the use of stone tools by our ancient hominine ancestors, the first examples of which date back approximately 2.6 million years. Now a finding of stone and bone tools marked with cuts discovered in Algeria suggests that North Africa was a home for our ancestors half a million years earlier than sustained.
The first mummified beetles are found in Ancient Egypt
The first mummified beetles are found in Ancient Egypt
Archaeologists working in newly discovered graves in Egypt found a collection of mummified cats and beetles. Specifically, the expedition (which began in April in the pyramid complex of King Userkaf of Saqqara) has discovered three tombs of the Late Period of the New Kingdom and another four of the Old Kingdom.
It is confirmed that this fossil is the first animal confirmed in the geological record
It is confirmed that this fossil is the first animal confirmed in the geological record
This strange creature called Dickinsonia, which grew up to 1.4 meters in length and was oval-shaped with rib-shaped segments that ran through his body, it has been confirmed that he lived on Earth 558 million years ago. The finding has been made by analyzing the fat molecules of the fossil residue, which confirms that it is the first animal confirmed in the geological record.
With a meter wide, this is the largest dinosaur foot ever found
With a meter wide, this is the largest dinosaur foot ever found
It is one meter wide and corresponds to a brachiosaurus (a sauropod that was among the largest land animals on Earth). It is the largest foot that has been found to date. The fossil has been found by American paleontologists in Wyoming, which also confirms that 150 million years ago a large strip of North America was the home of the brachiosaurs.
The first evidence is discovered that Neanderthals did know how to make fire
The first evidence is discovered that Neanderthals did know how to make fire
An archaeologist at the University of Leiden, Andrew Sorensen, has described the first material evidence that Neanderthals did know how to make fire in a study published in Scientific Reports, which belies the idea that they only depended on naturally produced fire, such as natural fires caused by lightning, for example.
This was the first Briton: black skin and blue eyes
This was the first Briton: black skin and blue eyes
The human being with white skin and blue eyes is a rarity. Basically because our ancestors grew up in latitudes where there was a lot of sun (dark skin prevents burning and cancer). White skin and blue eyes was an attribute that later appeared in humans who moved to latitudes where there was hardly any sun (to capture it better and to synthesize vitamin D and calcium absorption well, as we have already explained).
This is the largest underwater archaeological site in the world and has just been discovered.
This is the largest underwater archaeological site in the world and has just been discovered.
Connecting systems of flooded caves of Sac Actun and Dos Ojos in Tulum, in Quintana Roo, which total 347 kilometers, has just come to light what is already considered the largest underwater archaeological site in the world. Among other archaeological treasures, here is evidence of the first settlers of America, the Mayan culture and extinct fauna.
The scales of the preces were the precursors of our teeth
The scales of the preces were the precursors of our teeth
Small pointed scales embedded in the skin called "dermal denticles" resemble irregular teeth. And, these scales of an ancient lineage (sharks, rays and manta rays) have skeletons made entirely of cartilage, are the evolutionary precursors of our teeth. Teeth This is what researchers at the University of Cambridge suggest, who have used fluorescent markers to track cell development in the embryo of a cartilaginous fish (the stingray) and found that these spiny scales are created from the same type of cells as the teeth: neural crest cells.
Our origins as a species can be rewritten by this Chinese skull
Our origins as a species can be rewritten by this Chinese skull
A skull from China can rewrite the origins of our species. An analysis of an ancient skull collected in China suggests that it is disturbingly similar to the oldest known fossils of our species. Other descendants The skull suggests that modern humans not only descend from African ancestors, as is generally thought.
The internal nasal cavity of the Neanderthals is reconstructed in 3D
The internal nasal cavity of the Neanderthals is reconstructed in 3D
Now we know how the Neanderthals breathed, thanks to the 3D reconstruction of the internal nasal cavity using the fossils of two individuals, as well as 38 representatives of modern humans from Argentina (26 of descent from southwest Europe and 12 recent migrants from northeast Asia).
This was the first victim of a tsumani that we know
This was the first victim of a tsumani that we know
6,000 Years is the age of the first victim of a known tsunami. This is what has just clarified a new investigation carried out in a skull fragment found in 1929 by the Australian geologist Paul Hossfeld, in a mangrove outside the coastal city of Aitape, in Papua New Guinea.