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#Fossils

From TheJournal.ie Fossil of prehistoric four-legged whale discovered in Peru LAND TO OCEAN

Fossil of prehistoric four-legged whale discovered in Peru

Scientists say the creature measured about 13 feet in length and could likely walk and swim.

From TheJournal.ie A team at NUI Galway reckon they've cracked 'Darwin's Dilemma' Fossils

A team at NUI Galway reckon they've cracked 'Darwin's Dilemma'

The great naturalist could not explain an apparent gap in animal evolution.

From TheJournal.ie 170 million-year-old dinosaur footprints discovered on Scotland's Isle of Skye Middle Jurassic

170 million-year-old dinosaur footprints discovered on Scotland's Isle of Skye

Discovery of fossils from this age, the Middle Jurassic, has been limited to a handful of sites around the world to date.

From TheJournal.ie Scientists have solved the mystery of why so many mammoth fossils are male Falling Down Holes

Scientists have solved the mystery of why so many mammoth fossils are male

Young male Ice Age mammoths likely roamed alone and got themselves into risky situations.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin Zoo's latest attraction is...dinosaurs Giraffic Park

Dublin Zoo's latest attraction is...dinosaurs

The new exhibit features ‘Stan’ a life-sized replica fossil skeleton of a male adult tyrannosaurus rex.

From TheJournal.ie Clare geologist discovers 300 million year-old shark tooth Fadó Fadó

Clare geologist discovers 300 million year-old shark tooth

The shark once hunted in the ancient seas at a time when Ireland was located close to the equator.

From TheJournal.ie Fossils point to life on Earth four billion years ago Discovery

Fossils point to life on Earth four billion years ago

Earth is thought to be about 4.57 billion years old.

From TheJournal.ie Man sentenced to jail for smuggling dinosaur fossils Tyrannosaurus Wrecked

Man sentenced to jail for smuggling dinosaur fossils

The man was sentenced, despite his work in helping Mongolia open its first dinosaur museum.

From TheJournal.ie A real (not live) dinosaur is being sold in the UK today Going Going Gone

A real (not live) dinosaur is being sold in the UK today

The 17 metre Diplodocus skeleton named ‘Misty’ is expected to sell at auction for €720,000.

From TheJournal.ie Old bones found at site of Mater redevelopment Discovery

Old bones found at site of Mater redevelopment

The bones were discovered by construction workers earlier today.

Ancient croc discovered in Dorset - and we had them here too

An unknown species was recently discovered in the UK, but Irish waters once had crocodiles and beasts of all sorts.

Extinct 'giant penguin' species reconstructed from fossils

Bones of the ‘Kairuku’, extinct for about 26 million years, were discovered in New Zealand 35 years ago.

From TheJournal.ie What does the discerning gentleman collect? Suits You Sir This post contains images

What does the discerning gentleman collect?

Glass eyes, 45-million-year-old fossils and Winston Churchill’s half-smoked cigar among the items sold at annual curios auction.

From TheJournal.ie Amber fossils shed light on India’s past India This post contains images

Amber fossils shed light on India’s past

The discovery of perfectly preserved insects in India has challenged the assumption that the country was an isolated island continent about 52 million years ago.

TWO AMERICAN scientists on a research mission have stumbled across a fossil that they believe to be the oldest ever specimen of animal life on Earth: at 650 million years old.

The scientists – professor Adam Maloof and graduate student Catherine Rose, from Princeton – published their findings in the magazine Nature Geoscience, and said that they had come across the fossils in Australia when researching a massive ice age, known as ‘the snowball effect’.

The era, about 635 years ago, left much of the planet covered in such thick ice that most believed no animal life could have survived the era – but inspecting a glacial deposit on the south of the country, they found their fossils.

The fossils are those of a sponge-like creature that lived on the ocean reef, with a series of internal canals likely used to separate food from water.

Said Maloof:

No one was expecting that we would find animals that lived before the ice age, and since animals probably did not evolve twice, we are suddenly confronted with the question of how some relative of these reef-dwelling animals survived the ‘snowball Earth’.

We were accustomed to finding rocks with embedded mud chips, and at first this is what we thought we were seeing. But then we noticed these repeated shapes that we were finding everywhere – wishbones, rings, perforated slabs and anvils…

We realised we had stumbled upon some sort of organism.

The earliest fossils of similar creatures before now came from about 520 million years ago, while more hard-bodied animals are known to have lived at least 550 million years ago.