Paleontology

Why Did It Take Dinosaurs 15 Million Years To Reach The Northern Hemisphere?

In the age of the dinosaurs, you could have walked from one pole to another. At that time, the continents were all joined together, forming the supercontinent Pangea.  Yet they didn't.Though sauropodomorph dinosaurs first appeared in Argentina and Bra ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 15 2021 - 4:38pm

What Are Noeggerathiales? Read This And Find Out

In Mongolia, plants preserved in a volcanic ash fall deposit as part of a so-called "vegetational Pompeii," may have resolved the mystery of the Noeggerathiales. What are Noeggerathiales? Paleontologists have wanted to really know since they firs ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 11 2021 - 5:34pm

Thapunngaka Shawi: The Fearsome Beast Of Wanamara Discovered

A fearsome beast soared above the ancient, vast inland sea once that once covered covering much of outback Queensland. This newly found pterosaur, named Thapunngaka shawi, was discovered in Wanamara Country, near Richmond in North West Queensland. It' ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 9 2021 - 10:45am

Tracking Whale Migration With Barnacles

We can trace the lineage of barnacles back to the Middle Cambrian. That is half a billion years of data to sift through.  If you divide that timeline in half yet again, we begin to understand barnacles and their relationship to other sea-dwelling creature ...

Article - Heidi Henderson - Aug 23 2021 - 2:17pm

Living Fossils: Winning The Slow Race Of Time

Horseshoe crabs are marine and brackish water arthropods of the order Xiphosura — a slowly evolving, conservative taxa. Much like (slow) Water Striders (Aquarius remigis), (relatively sluggish) Coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) and (the current winner on t ...

Article - Heidi Henderson - Aug 23 2021 - 2:49pm

Late Cretaceous Fauna: Colinoceras Tarrantense

Previously Calycoceras Tarrantense, this ammonite is now Conlinoceras tarrantense after J.P. Conlin, a famous early 20th-century fossil collector from Texas, USA. Ammonite expert Bill Cobban used this collection to describe many Texas Cretaceous ammonites ...

Article - Heidi Henderson - Aug 23 2021 - 3:13pm

Crinoids: Beauties Of Echinodermata

Crinoids are unusually beautiful and graceful members of the phylum Echinodermata. They resemble an underwater flower swaying in an ocean current. But make no mistake they are marine animals. Picture a flower with a mouth on the top surface that is surrou ...

Article - Heidi Henderson - Aug 23 2021 - 3:24pm