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October 2010 News Archive

Oct 29, 2010

The ancient dragonflies of the Carboniferous Period grew to large lengths, with wingspans up to 70 centimeters (28 inches), this was often attributed to higher oxygen levels. A new study suggests that modern dragonflies grow larger with more oxygen.

Ref: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010AM/finalprogram/abstract_181665.htm
 
 
 
 
Oct 26, 2010
A new study of fossils discovered in Zhirendong, South China (during the year 2007) suggests that modern humans emerged earlier than previously thought.
 
 
Oct 26, 2010
A vast, amber treasure trove has been found in India, suggesting India was not cut off from the rest of the world 50 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch.
 
 
 Image Credit: David Grimaldi/AMNH
 
Oct 26, 2010
A new study suggests that the genus Ichthyosaurus lived longer than previously thought. The study focuses on a rediscovered ichthyosaur specimen with fossilised gut contents held in the collections of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
 
 
 
Life reconstruction of Ichthyosaurus. Copyright N. Tamura.
 
Oct 22, 2010
A South Dakota palaeontologist has uncovered the remains of a mosasaur.
 
 
Oct 21, 2010
A new study suggests that evidence is weak for tropical rainforest 65 million years ago in Africa's low latitudes. 
 
 
Image credit: Jacobs, SMU
 
Oct 19, 2010
A new innovative experiment using rotting fish has shed light on what our early ancestors.
 
 
 
Remains of a hagfish after 20 days of decay. Only the head skeleton, notochord and parts of the liver are left. (Credit: University of Leicester)
 
 
Oct 18, 2010
New study on ammonites shows that the ammonites thrived at cold methane seeps at the bottom of the sea.
 
 

Credit: S. Thurston/AMNH
 
 
Oct 18, 2010
The much loved T. rex may have been a cannibal new studies suggest.
 
 
 
Oct 8, 2010
A new study suggests that plants kick-started the evolutionary drama of earth's oxygenation during the Devonian Period it also correlates to the radiation of large predatory fish. 
Ref:http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/09/28/1011287107
 
 
 
Image by Staffan Waerndt / Swedish Museum of Natural History
 
 
Oct 7, 2010
Oldest dinosaur footprints discovered in Poland. Apparently the footprints date back to the end Permian - Triassic extinction around 250 million years old, this would put back the origin of dinosaurs by some 15-20 million years.
 
 
Oct 7, 2010
A new study suggests that volcanoes wiped out neanderthals.
 
 
 
Oct 6, 2010
New dinosaur genus and species described, the specimen was discovered in Arizona USA and lived during the Early Jurassic Period. The study also looks at dinosaurs filling in niches after natural disasters have occurrather than overpowering other species.
 
 
 
Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis Illustration byJohn Maisano
 
Oct 3, 2010
Huge possible dinosaur graveyard discovered in British Columbia. The 'graveyard' exhibits remains from both sauropod and theropod dinosaurs.
 
 
A similar dinosaur graveyard discovered in Spain 2007. Photograph courtesy José Luis Sanz/Autonomous University, Madrid
 
Oct 1, 2010
A new study suggests that dinosaurs were bigger and longer than previosuly thought.
 
 
 
Camarasaurus (sauropod dinosaur) one of the dinosaurs estimated to be longer than previously thought. Image copyright N. Tamura
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