Thursday , November 15 2018

Paleontogly

Study: Elephant Birds were Nocturnal, Possibly Blind

The recently extinct Malagasy elephant birds included the largest birds ever discovered. Seven species are recognized across two genera, including the larger Aepyornis and the smaller, gracile Mullerornis. The neuroanatomy of these enigmatic birds is understudied but can shed light on their lifestyle. In a study published in the journal …

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Paleontologists Discover New Species of Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx was first described as the ‘missing link’ between reptiles and birds in 1861 — and is now regarded as the link between dinosaurs and birds. Only 12 specimens have ever been found and all are from the late Jurassic of Bavaria, Germany, dating back approximately 150 million years. Now, …

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Climate Change Played Major Role in Demise of Marsupial Lion

New evidence indicates the primary cause of the extinction of one of Australia’s top predators, the marsupial lion (Thylacoleo carnifex), around 40,000 years ago was likely a result of changing weather patterns and loss of habitat, not human impacts. The aridificaiton of Australia impacted the hunting effectiveness or preybase of …

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Jurassic Flesh-Eating Fish Had Piranha-Like Teeth

A remarkable new species of predatory fish that lived about 152 million years ago (Jurassic period) has been identified from a fossil found in Germany. Piranhamesodon pinnatomus, 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) long, from the Late Jurassic of Ettling, Solnhofen Archipelago, Germany. Image credit: M. Ebert. The ancient fish, named Piranhamesodon …

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