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Discovery of Giant Wasp Opens Window to Ancient Forests

… eventually causes the tree to die. The discovery has given researchers insight into the modern world and how it began coming together after the dinosaurs became extinct. Many of the trees and plants today’s horntail wood-wasps enjoy were also favored by the old wasp and have been found as fossils in the same forest as the ancient horntails; including trees (hemlock, fir, spruce, pine, spruce, sequoia, hemlock, and cedar) and flowering plants (beech, maple, elm, ash, hickory, ash, elm and …

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

… fish and dolphins, ichthyosaurs dominated the world’s oceans from 250 million years ago to about 90 million years ago. In similar evolutionary circumstances to modern whales and dolphins, it’s thought the ancestors of ichthyosaurs were land reptiles that returned to the sea. They thrived until they became extinct during the Late Cretaceous for reasons unknown. They lived worldwide, with the largest known colony found near Oxford; Britain, which was once warm, shallow sea. To continue …

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

… island of Abaco and, in many cases, become extinct altogether. A new report in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science describes the discovery, and the authors believe it has implications for one of the great mysteries in science — the wave of extinctions in the Americas at the end of the Pleistocene as the climate changed, and human beings arrived. It may also help us think about our present and future impact on an increasingly stressed biosphere. To continue reading this …

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 …

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