Organic Matter Found in 3.5-Billion-Year-Old Stromatolites

Researchers have found exceptionally preserved organic matter inside samples of rock from the 3.5-billion-year-old Dresser Formation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Baumgartner et al provide exceptional evidence for the biogenicity of some of Earth’s oldest stromatolites through preservation of organic matter, including microbial remains, by sulfidization. Image credit: …

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New Cretaceous Pterosaur Discovered in Australia

The 96 million-year-old fossilized bones discovered in Queensland, Australia, have been identified as a new genus and species of ornithocheirid pterosaur, Ferrodraco lentoni. Life restoration of Ferrodraco lentoni. Image credit: Travis R. Tischler. Pterosaurs were highly successful reptiles — not dinosaurs, as they’re commonly mislabeled. These creatures thrived from about …

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New Freshwater Crocodile Species Found in New Guinea

Scientists had known that New Guinea was home to a unique species of crocodile since the New Guinea crocodile (Crocodylus novaeguineae) was officially described in 1928, but since then, they have wondered if the island was actually home to two separate species, one in the north and one in the …

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