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Giant lion find in Outback NT | NT News

By David Sibenaler | August 25, 2015 AN 8 million-year-old marsupial lion bone has been found at an ancient fossil bed in Central Australia. The site at Alcoota Scientific Reserve will be visited by researchers next month attending the 15th Conference of Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) in Alice Springs. The Pleistocene Marsupial Lion is the largest meat-eating mammal to have lived in Australia, and one of the largest marsupial carnivores the world has …

Fossil Confirms Tropical Climate in North America

… at mid-latitudes, in this case, the Bridger rock formation in Wyoming. Conrad named it Babibasiliscus alxi and suggested it may have been the first representative of the Jesus lizard family. He said in a press release the lizard was probably active during the day and lived mostly in trees. A bone ridge on the top of its head provided shade from the sun and at the same time probably made it look constantly angry. It had small teeth that ended in three points, suggesting its usual diet included …

Family Tree of Dogs and Wolves Is Found to Split Earlier Than Thought – NYTimes.com

By James Gorman |May 21, 2015 The ancestors of modern wolves and dogs split into different evolutionary lineages 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, much earlier than some other research has suggested, scientists reported Thursday. The new finding is based on a bone fragment found on the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia several years ago. When scientists studied the bone and reconstructed its genome — the first time that had been done for an ancient wolf, or any kind of ancient carnivore — they found it …

How ancient ‘zombie worms’ screwed up valuable fossils – CNET

… (Yes, you and I both know zombies eat brains, but there you have it.) Since the discovery, it’s been assumed that the worms evolved with whales about 45 million years ago because they’re often found chowing down on the bones of dead whales on the seafloor. New research, however, says the red-colored bone eaters evolved a lot earlier than that — at least 100 million years ago — when they dined on the bones of prehistoric animals like sea turtles and plesiosaurs (aquatic …

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