This flea preserved about 20 million years ago in amber may carry evidence of an ancestral strain of the bubonic plague.
Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University [CC BY-SA 2.0] The flea in this picture could contain the ancestor to one of the most horrifying diseases known to the human race, the Black Death. Also called the bubonic plague, this disease killed an estimated 50 million people in the 14th century, or 60 per cent of Europe’s entire populat
No, it’s not a movie on the SyFy channel (not yet, anyway). A paleontologist has found the fossil remains of a 300 million year old shark in New Mexico that looks enough like Godzilla, that they’ve named the thing after the iconic movie monster. Isn’t this how at least one of the Godzilla movies began? #Dinosaur #Godzilla #paleontology #shark
Amber, hardened tree resin, preserved a mixture of feathers from 70 million years ago. Photo: AFP You have to wonder, with discoveries like these, could we be getting closer to recreating dinosaurs with preserved DNA? In science fiction, amber preserved the DNA that allowed rebirth of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. In real life, amber preserved feathers that provide a new image of what dinosaurs looked like. “Now, instead of scaly animals portrayed as usually drab creatures,
For years, people have been searching for the fabled “lost Thunderbird photo” in vain… a mysterious photograph showing what appeared to be a gigantic bird or flying reptile nailed to the side of a barn. The really strange thing is, hundreds of people can recall seeing the image either in a book, magazine, or a newspaper… but nobody has ever been able to produce the photograph. It’s almost as if it never really existed (If you’re not familiar with the subject of the Thunderbir
HUGE new ocean-dwelling dinosaur has been discovered that could SNACK on a T-rex! It is said to be “the most fearsome predator that ever lived,” according to a BBC News report. It is a pliosaur, or “sea monster,” and now its 2.4 meter-long skull has been unearthed and presented to the public. UPI reports that Naturalist and TV presenter David Attenborough unveiled the fossil to the public this past Saturday.
The 155-million-year-old fossil was accidentally discovered in Dorse
Found this on Discovery.com, thought our readers would be interested. Enjoy! A Triceratops may have been the last dinosaur standing, according to a new study that determined a fossil from Montana’s Hell Creek Formation is “the youngest dinosaur known to science.”
The Triceratops, described in the latest Royal Society Biology Letters, dates to 65 million years ago, the critical period of time associated with the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction event that wiped out all non