Newly discovered octopus ancestor had 10 arms

About 330 million years ago in what’s now Montana, a squidlike creature died in a tropical bay and its soft body was preserved in limestone. Now, paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History and Yale University have studied the fossilized remains and named the unusual 10-armed creature in honor of U.S. President Joe Biden.

Wetenschappers komen met de beste reconstructie van een ichthyosaurus op de proppen

Zo’n 160 miljoen jaar op rij moeten ze in de aardse oceanen te vinden zijn geweest: de ichthyosaurussen. De zeereptielen waren enkele meters lang en uitstekende zwemmers die tevens diep konden duiken. Onderzoekers hebben in Europa (onder meer in België, Duitsland en Frankrijk), maar ook daarbuiten (zelfs op Spitsbergen) al heel wat fossiele resten van … Meer lezen

Huge ancient sea scorpion species discovered

A new monstrous species of ancient sea scorpion has been discovered in a museum in Australia. According to researchers who discovered it, the Woodwardopterus freemanorum was a “massive monster” living in rivers and lakes of Queensland, Australia, 252 million years ago – and is thankfully now extinct! >> read more of lees Nl-talige tekst …

Whales in the Cliff Face

An exposed prehistoric seafloor is a hotspot for ancient whale remains, and now an international team is helping unravel their mysteries. >> read more …

The ancient whale from my Egyptian home town

If you pick up any book about the palaeontology of whales, there’s a strong chance that you’ll see ‘Faiyum Depression’ somewhere in there. Faiyum, Egypt, is a desert now, but it was once teeming with life and has the highest concentration in the world of whale bones from before 40 million years ago. I’m a … Meer lezen