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Ancient whale remains found in Santa Cruz

The remains of a five million year old whale have been found on a California beach. "I was in awe, because I knew a vertebrae with ribs is a pretty rare find," Heiman said. It didn't take Heiman long to realize the project needed professionals. He informed Santa Cruz County and, ultimately,

The other fossils found with ‘missing link’ Ida

Ida, the 47 million year-old 'missing link' was found in a veritable treasure chest of other fossils. But Ida is just one of thousands of fossils recovered from the Messel pit. It is a disused quarry near the village of Messel, about 20 miles south-east of Frankfurt. Bituminous shale was mined

More dinosaur bones found at Utah quarry

60-70 new dinosaur bones have been found at one of Utah's major new dinosaur quarries, including a 20-foot-long neck bone discovered this week. The site — called the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry — is a logjam of sorts, where dinosaur remains are believed to have been washed into place by an ancient

Prehistoric hippo teeth shed new light on behavior of Arctic animals

Prehistoric hippo teeth found on Ellesmere Island in Canada sheds new light on the diets and movement of post-Dinosaur Arctic animals. An analysis of the 53-million-year-old fossilized teeth of huge, hippo-like animals found on Canada’s once-temperate Ellesmere Island has produced what scientists are calling a “smoking gun” discovery about the migration

Scanning fossils to create 3D models of embedded creatures

Through X-Ray Computer Tomography (CT), scientists are able to create highly-detailed 3D models of fossils. The technology has vastly increased the range of samples that can be studied and the information gleaned from them. Many fossils are just too intricate or delicate to be separated physically from the surrounding rock. Even

47-million-year-old lemur-like fossil found in Germany

The beautifully preserved remains of a 47-million-year-old, lemur-like creature is described as the most complete primate fossil ever found. The preservation is so good, it is possible to see the outline of its fur and even traces of its last meal. The female animal lived during an epoch in Earth history known

Laetoli footsteps to undergo preservation and excavation

The famous fossilized footprints at Laetoli in Tanzania,  are undergoing extensive presevation and excavation efforts. The footprints demonstrate that early hominids walked upright habitually 3.6 million years ago. He said initial preparations by experts from various departments were already underway and actual excavation and preservation process would start soon after. Acting Chief