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22-04-2012, 04:26 PM
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01-05-2012, 02:11 PM
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What is more remarkable than fossilized human bones? Fossilized soft parts of an octopus.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...111902.htm

This is not common by any stretch of the imagination and the odds are heavily against ever preserving anything like this because it decays so quickly.

Of course, with odds that are so high, some people on this site (one in particular) might say that it had to be the work of an intelligent being for it to die, get buried in sediment and found by humans 95 million years later. Or it could simply be that while the odds were against it, the odds weren't 0.

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17-05-2012, 03:19 PM
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...153113.htm

Earliest fossilized evidence of pollination via insect. We have known for a long time that coevolution of insects and angiosperms greatly increased the diversity of both groups starting in the Mesozoic (Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods) but the fossil record for insects is very poor (chitin does not fossilize well) and this makes studying the relationship directly very difficult indeed. Which is why specimens in amber are so valuable and this study shows that.

It's also pretty dadgum neat.

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22-05-2012, 10:36 AM
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More of an archaeology story this week, but I consider it in the same ballpark.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/..._mummy.htm

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22-05-2012, 11:32 AM
RE: Paleo story of the week
(22-05-2012 10:36 AM)TheBeardedDude Wrote:  More of an archaeology story this week, but I consider it in the same ballpark.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/..._mummy.htm
I love archaeology.
And I have a shameless fascination with ancient Egyptian archaeology. The Egyptians were an amazing people - they confused the hell out of the Greeks.

I've just checked out several of the related articles to the side -Wow! The research and accuracy is improving by leaps and bounds with the CT scans. There is an article that has an Egyptian man's face fleshed out 3 dimensionally with the help of the CT. So cool! I could research this stuff for hours.

Thanks for posting this! Thumbsup

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04-06-2012, 01:47 PM
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...131650.htm
This research was also featured on NPR's Science Fridays, either last week or the week before. In any event, this is a turtle large enough to prey on small alligators and large snakes. They also found examples of Titanoboa at the same site. Pretty dadgum neat if you ask me.

It should also be noted that this is not the largest turtle ever found, but the significance here is related to its timing. It got large during the Paleocene, which is the epoch of the Paleogene that immediately follows the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. Several other turtles species got big again around 5-6 million years ago, so turtles have a very interesting trend related to body size. This likely has several factors, not the least of which is climate and predation.

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28-06-2012, 01:33 PM
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...181725.htm

The evolution of mobile animal life pushed back by 30 million years.

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05-07-2012, 02:53 PM
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...-tail.html

Who doesn't love dinosaurs?

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17-07-2012, 08:26 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zo2zY1Zqg

Today I am just being a huge nerd.

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22-07-2012, 03:34 PM
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(28-06-2012 01:33 PM)TheBeardedDude Wrote:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...181725.htm

The evolution of mobile animal life pushed back by 30 million years.

My God man! The implications are astounding!

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