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The secrets of Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk – nearly 500 species discovered 

By Svetlana Arkhangelskaya, Special to RBTH | November 30, 2015 In the summer of 2015 almost 500 previously unknown ocean species were discovered in the Kuril Basin that is part of the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Scientists from Russia, Germany, Japan, Spain, and other countries took part in the SokhoBio expedition that made these sensational discoveries. In an exclusive, RBTH reports the preliminary results. Scientists previously thought that deep-water life in the Sea of …

Ancient Sea Monsters: Misidentified Fossilized Skeletons Now Revealing Hidden History of Ichthyosaur

From www.ancient-origins.net | November 2, 2015 The fossilized skeletons of strange creatures—odd, beaked fish with teeth and ‘feet’—were uncovered by quarry workers in southwestern England in the early 1800’s. Dubbed “fish lizards” (or Ichthyosauria) at the time, the old discoveries are now under new examination. These ancient sea monsters, specimens collected from across Europe, are apparently not one animal type, but many different unique species. Resembling a cross between …

Extinct Hippolike Creature Suctioned Up Its Food

… discoveries] “But when they were in the water, they swam like polar bears,” Jacobs said. “They were front-limb-powered swimmers.” Researchers named the new species Ounalashkastylus tomidai. The word Ounalashka translates to “near the peninsula” in the Aleut language of the indigenous Aleutian Island people, and stylus is Latin for “column,” a reference to the creatures’ column-shaped teeth. The species name tomidai honors the Japanese …

Otago geologists find new whale species | Radio New Zealand News

From www.radionz.co.nz | September 13, 2015 Fossil discoveries by University of Otago palaeontology researchers have helped fill an important gap in the evolution of baleen whales. In the 1990s, Otago geologists found the fossils in the South Island’s Waitaki River area, and a study about them has just been published in two science journals. One of the lead researchers, Ewan Fordyce, said the fossils show two previously unknown species of filter-feeding baleen whales that lived 25 to 30 …

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