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Giant 'kraken' lair discovered: Cunning sea monster that preyed on ichthyosaurs

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1000pa (Oct. 10, 2011) — Long before whales, the oceans of Earth were roamed by a very different kind of air-breathing leviathan. Snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs larger than school buses swam at the top of the Triassic Period ocean food chain, or so it seemed before Mount Holyoke College paleontologist Mark McMenamin took a look at some of their remains in Nevada. Now he thinks there was an even larger and more cunning sea monster that preyed...

1000pa (Oct. 10, 2011) — Long before whales, the oceans of Earth were roamed by a very different kind of air-breathing leviathan. Snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs larger than school buses swam at the top of the Triassic Period ocean food chain, or so it seemed before Mount Holyoke College...

Reefs recovered faster after mass extinction than first thought

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1000pa (Sep. 30, 2011) — Metazoan-dominated reefs only took 1.5 million years to recover after the largest species extinction 252 million years ago, an international research team including paleontologists from the University of Zurich has established based on fossils from the southwestern USA.

Harsh living conditions caused by major fluctuations in the carbon content and sea levels, overacidification and oxygen deficiency in the seas...

1000pa (Sep. 30, 2011) — Metazoan-dominated reefs...

New family of wasps found in North American amber, closest relatives in southern hemisphere

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1000pa (Sep. 24, 2011) — After being alerted by Alexandr Rasnitsyn (Palaeontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) to two unusual wasps in amber found in New Jersey, USA, Denis Brothers (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) has determined that they represent a new family of wasps, but with its closest relatives found in South America and South Africa.

The study was published in a special issue of the...

1000pa (Sep. 24, 2011) — After being alerted by Alexandr...

Ancient crocodile relative from the land of Titanoboa, world's largest snake: Researchers describe 60-million-year-old predator

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1000pa (Sep. 14, 2011) — Did an ancient crocodile relative give the world's largest snake a run for its money?

In a new study appearing Sept. 15 in the journal Palaeontology, University of Florida researchers describe a new 20-foot extinct species discovered in the same Colombian coal mine with Titanoboa, the world's largest snake. The findings help scientists better understand the diversity of animals that occupied the oldest known...

1000pa (Sep. 14, 2011) — Did an ancient crocodile...

Ancient crocodile competed with Titanoboa, world's largest snake, for food, paleontologists discover

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1000pa (Sep. 14, 2011) — Did an ancient crocodile relative give the world's largest snake a run for its money?

In a new study appearing Sept. 15 in the journal Palaeontology, University of Florida researchers describe a new 20-foot extinct species discovered in the same Colombian coal mine with Titanoboa, the world's largest snake. The findings help scientists better understand the diversity of animals that occupied the oldest known...

1000pa (Sep. 14, 2011) — Did an ancient crocodile...

Teeny teeth indicate ancient shark nurseries

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1000pa (Sep. 10, 2011) — Fueled by Hollywood and its vision of Jaws, sharks conjure images of fearsome predators patrolling our seas in search of their next unfortunate victim. It is therefore hard to imagine sharks as relatively small, harmless fishes living in lakes and rivers, as many species were more than 200 million years ago. Some scientists have suggested that these ancient sharks bred in the shallows of freshwater lakes, forming...

1000pa (Sep. 10, 2011) — Fueled by Hollywood and...

Tiny teeth indicate ancient shark nurseries

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1000pa (Sep. 11, 2011) — Fueled by Hollywood and its vision of Jaws, sharks conjure images of fearsome predators patrolling our seas in search of their next unfortunate victim. It is therefore hard to imagine sharks as relatively small, harmless fishes living in lakes and rivers, as many species were more than 200 million years ago. Some scientists have suggested that these ancient sharks bred in the shallows of freshwater lakes, forming...

1000pa (Sep. 11, 2011) — Fueled by Hollywood and...

Oldest Antarctic "Sea Monster" Found

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Fossils from the oldest known Antarctic "sea monster" have been found, a new study says.

The discovery of an 85-million-year-old plesiosaur has pushed back the marinereptile's presence in Antarctica by 15 million years. 

"The fragments we found don't belong to any group registered on the continent before, which indicates a greater diversity of the plesiosaurs in Antarctica than previously suspected," said team leader Alexander Kellner, of...

Fossils of forest rodents found in highland desert

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1000pa (Aug. 4, 2011) — Two new rodent fossils were discovered in the arid highlands of southern Bolivia by researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Universidad Autónoma Tomás Frías.

The larger of the two rodents, named Mesoprocta hypsodus, probably looked something like a guinea pig on stilts, said Darin Croft, an anatomy professor at Case Western Reserve. The smaller, Quebradahondomys potosiensis, was a...

1000pa (Aug. 4, 2011) — Two new rodent fossils...

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