Fossils

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Bizarre Sphere Fossils Could Be Among World's Earliest Animals
Multicellular Spherical Fossil
September 24th, 2014
Mysterious fossils found in southern China are not bacteria or protists, but multicellular creatures, new research finds. The tiny fossils might even be the embryos of some of the earliest animals on Earth.
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Ancient 'Toothy' Dolphin Fossils Found in Peru Desert
extinct dolphin
September 9th, 2014
The dusty Pisco-Ica desert stretches along the coast of southern Peru, but more than 16 million years ago it may have been covered with sparkling water and home to a now-extinct family of dolphins, known as squalodelphinids, according to new findings.
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Surprising Survivor: Little Ancient Reptile Outlived Dinosaurs
the Punta Peligro fossil locality, Chubut Province, Patagonia.
August 20th, 2014
A new fossil find reveals that a family of lizardlike reptiles survived the Cretaceous extinction that killed the dinosaurs and lived for millions more years in South America.
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Stolen 'Nest of Dinosaurs' Returned to Mongolia
A photo showing a sample of the dinosaur bones being returned to Mongolia.
July 14th, 2014
More than 18 dinosaur skeletons illegally taken from Mongolia were formally returned to their homeland during a ceremony in New York last week, U.S. authorities announced.
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Ancient Sloths: 5-Ton Creatures Grew Monstrously Fast
sloth fossil
September 10th, 2014
Some sloth lineages grew more than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) every million years — one of the fastest body growth rates known in the evolution of mammals, a new study finds.
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Dreadnoughtus Dinosaur Weighed Whopping 65 Tons, Feared Nothing
Dino Drawing
September 4th, 2014
A gargantuan, long-necked dinosaur as big as a two-story house and weighing as much as 12 elephants once stalked a flower-dotted earth some 77 million years ago in what is now Argentina.
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Gone! Why Ancient Fractal Creatures Vanished
rangeomorph reconstruction
August 11th, 2014
Primitive creatures known as rangeomorphs vanished from the seas because they couldn't harvest nutrients from the water column and because they became prey to fast-moving Cambrian creatures, a 3D reconstruction suggests.
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