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The Palaeo Pad is a blog devoted to palaeontological news.

Ian Randall
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  • April 21, 2010
  • 06:56 PM

Palaeontologists uncover new Pachycephalosaurian dinosaur

by Ian Randall in The Palaeo Pad

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 »

  • April 5, 2010
  • 10:22 AM

Time-averaged fossil communities may imply false stability

by Ian Randall in The Palaeo Pad

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 »

  • March 30, 2010
  • 08:58 PM

Palaeontologists find early example of asexual reproduction

by Ian Randall in The Palaeo Pad

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  

  • March 29, 2010
  • 08:28 PM

New ostracod species discovered with soft body preserved

by Ian Randall in The Palaeo Pad

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  

  • March 19, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Rare fossil annelid unearthed in downtown Ottawa

by Ian Randall in The Palaeo Pad

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 »

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