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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 …

Scuba divers in Bahamas find trove of extinct animal fossils and clues to a scientific mystery

By Joel Acenbach | October 19, 2015 Sawmill Sink is a challenging place to dive. It’s a flooded sinkhole on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. Below 30 feet is a layer of opaque water saturated in poisonous, acidic hydrogen sulfide. But in 2004, a retired military diver named Brian Kakuk figured out how to penetrate the murk and dive into the lightless depths of the hole. Along ledges, he found a trove of bones, including those of dozens of animal species that have vanished from the …

Vaquitas Spotted! Critically Endangered Porpoises Persevere

By Brian Stallard | October 9, 2015 A newly launched search in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez has reportedly found several vaquita marina porpoises, one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. This reassures conservationists that the vaquita isn’t extinct yet. However, that doesn’t mean the tiny animals are in good shape. The vaquita has never exactly been an animal with huge numbers. The world’s smallest and rarest marine mammal, they live out their lives …

Woolly mammoth skin’s living cells could help bring the beast back to life 

By Will Stewart in Moscow for Mail Online | October 9, 2015 Woolly mammoth skin could finally help bring the beasts back to life: Scientists attempt to extract living cells from 10,000-year-old frozen tissue The woolly mammoth skin was discovered on the Lyakhovsky Islands Researchers are examining it for signs of living cells in cloning laboratory They hope it may help them in a project to resurrect the extinct animals The skin of a woolly mammoth preserved in the Siberian permafrost for …