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A new species of plant-eating dinosaur, which sports a grapefruit sized mass of bone on the top of its skull, has been uncovered in Texas’ Big Bend National Park. The find, which would have lived 70 to 80 million years ago, is reported in the latest issue of Cretaceous Research.... Read more »
Longrich, N., Sankey, J., & Tanke, D. (2010) Texacephale langstoni, a new genus of pachycephalosaurid (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the upper Campanian Aguja Formation, southern Texas, USA. Cretaceous Research, 31(2), 274-284. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2009.12.002
The ecological information which can be gleaned from the fossil record is controlled by the processes of accumulation involved, according to a paper by the University of Chicago, which is to be published in the May issue of The American Naturalist.... Read more »
Tomasových A, & Kidwell SM. (2010) The effects of temporal resolution on species turnover and on testing metacommunity models. The American naturalist, 175(5), 587-606. PMID: 20302427
A new species from the terminal Ediacaran, Cloudina carinata, has been discovered in Spain. The tubular fossil, described in a recent issue of the journal Precambrian Research, lived between 550 and 543 million years ago and was one of the first animals to leave behind evidence of reproduction.... Read more »
Cortijo, I., Martí Mus, M., Jensen, S., & Palacios, T. (2010) A new species of Cloudina from the terminal Ediacaran of Spain. Precambrian Research, 176(1-4), 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2009.10.010
Researchers have unearthed a 425 million year old ostracod – with the soft body preserved within its outer shell. The study of the water flea like creature, which belongs to the animal group Crustacea, is published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, as well as in the online journal of the Natural Environment Research Council, Planet Earth.... Read more »
Siveter, D., Briggs, D., Siveter, D., & Sutton, M. (2010) An exceptionally preserved myodocopid ostracod from the Silurian of Herefordshire, UK. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2009.2122
One of the rarest fossils has been found in the most unexpected of locations – the capital city of Canada. Described in the current issue of Palaeontology, the 450 million year old specimen of the annelid machaeridian worm Plumulitids canadensis is one of only eight such finds in the world. ... Read more »
VINTHER, J., & RUDKIN, D. (2010) The first articulated specimen of (Woodward, 1889) from the Upper Ordovician of Ontario, with a review of the anterior region of Plumulitidae (Annelida: Machaeridia) . Palaeontology, 53(2), 327-334. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00938.x
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