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Gigantic Prehistoric Fish Caught In MD Creek

Maryland DNR workers measure and take samples for a 7 and a half foot long Atlantic Sturgeon captured in Maryland’s Marshyhope Creek August 16 2017 FEDERALSBURG, MD. (WUSA9) – With its armor-like scales, the Atlantic Sturgeon looks like a swimming stegosaurus. That’s perhaps because the animal is nearly identical to its ancestors that swam at the time of dinosaurs, according to 120 million-year-old fossil records. This week, awestruck Maryland fisheries biologists announced the capture and release this of an endangered Atlantic Sturgeon in the relatively shallow inland waters of Marshyhope Creek near Federalsburg, Md. Our Anadromous Restoration Project netted one …

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Get Prehistoric at Pala Casino Spa and Resort

Channel your inner Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble or Bam Bam at Pala Casino Spa and Resort’s Prehistoric Party on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9. The RV resort will be the scene of the festivities, which include contests for longest stone throw, best costume, best cave drawing and best decorated site. To participate, guests must stay for a minimum of two nights. Prizes will be handed out beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Yabba dabba do! To make reservations call 844-472-5278, palacasino.com. More interesting Articles from

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Rare Fossil Sheds Light On Bird Evolution

AsianScientist (Aug. 21, 2017) – In a study published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, scientists in Japan report the discovery of the first and oldest fossil bird ever identified in Japan. During a walk near a reservoir in a small Japanese town, amateur collectors made the discovery of their lives—the skeletal remains were that of an iconic marine diving bird from the Late Cretaceous Period, one that is often found in the Northern Hemisphere but rarely in Asia. They shared their mysterious find with paleontologists at Hokkaido University. “This amazing find illustrates the special relationship paleontologists and other scientists …

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Dinosaur age damselfly named after David Attenborough

[embedded content] This video says about itself: 15 August 2017 Damselfly thought to be 100 MILLION years old named after Sir David Attenborough TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough was last night said to be delighted after a prehistoric insect was named in his honour. Prof. Jarzembowski said: “Dragonflies in amber are extremely rare and the recent discoveries by my Chinese colleagues are a new window on the past. “It is tradition in taxonomy – the naming of a new species – to contact the person concerned. “Sir David was delighted because he is not only interested in the story of …

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How Humans Evolved: Prehistoric Fish Fossil Holds Clues About Our Skulls

A 400-million-year-old fossil of a human ancestor has clues for scientists about how our species evolved, but it’s not the kind of fossil you would imagine — it’s the jawbone of a fish. According to a study in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers investigated the inner components of a skull from a fish belonging to a long-extinct class in the animal kingdom, including tracing the paths of blood vessels to see how the brain got its oxygen. The group was able to dig deep into the bone with the help of a 3D printer: After taking a CT scan of …

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Beards and Gore-Tex: does palaeontology have an image problem?

Palaeontology Lost Worlds Revisited Palaeontology is synonymous with excavating fossils, but the stereotype of the rugged, white, male digger, could be a barrier to diversity in Earth science The stereotype of the fossil prospecting man in the desert is hard to shake. Photograph: Dave Reede/Getty Images/First Light Palaeontology Lost Worlds Revisited Beards and Gore-Tex: does palaeontology have an image problem? Palaeontology is synonymous with excavating fossils, but the stereotype of the rugged, white, male digger, could be a barrier to diversity in Earth science As I eye myself in the mirror before heading off to the office for another day …

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Meadow of dancing brittle stars shows evolution at work

Newly-described fossil shows how brittle stars evolved in response to pressure from predators, and how an ‘evolutionary hangover’ managed to escape them. Researchers have described a new species of brittle star, which are closely related to starfish, and showed how these sea creatures evolved in response to the rise of shell-crushing predators during the late Palaeozoic Era. The results, reported in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, also suggest that brittle stars evolved new traits before the largest mass extinction event in Earth’s history, and not after, as was the case with many other forms of life. A fossilised ‘meadow’ of …

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There’s a New Faceless Prehistoric Creature in Town — With 50 Head Spines

Scientists have discovered a brand-new prehistoric sea creature that had 50 spines poking out of a faceless head. The newly uncovered animal, dubbed Capinatator praetermissus, released those spines in the face of danger.   These findings are significant — researchers named the critter part of not just a new species but also an entirely new genus. It’s believed to have creature swam the sea more than 500 million years ago, way before dinosaurs started roaming the Earth. About 4 inches long, it used its flat body to swim around the ocean. But more intriguing than the worm-like body was its highly unusual face. The …

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Big, armoured dinosaur still had camouflage to evade predators

Royal Tyrrell Museum IT HAS been described as the most impressively preserved dinosaur fossil ever found – and now it’s beginning to divulge its secrets. Despite the creature’s large size and heavily armoured body, Borealopelta markmitchelli apparently had predators, judging by signs that it evolved camouflage. The 110-million-year-old specimen was discovered in 2011 in Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. The fossil is one of the few dinosaurs preserved in 3D, and part of the front half of its body is intact. Advertisement “It actually looks like it looked back in the Cretaceous,” says Caleb Brown at the Royal Tyrrell Museum …

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