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Discovery of Giant Wasp Opens Window to Ancient Forests

From www.newhistorian.com | November 30, 2015 No one was more surprised by Bruce Archibald’s discovery than Dr. Bruce Archibald when he discovered a flawlessly preserved 53-million-year-old species of giant horntail wood wasp. He found the wasp embedded in a rock he’d broken open while out searching for insects in the McAbee fossil Beds, located in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. Almost as frightening as the new species’ gigantic size, almost three inches (seven …

New Species of Ancient Shorebird Identified from New Zealand Fossils 

… birds that comprises the South American seedsnipes (Thinocoridae) and the Australian Plains-wanderer (Pedionomidae). “We were excited to discover that the fossil shorebird was not a typical wader, but more like an ancestral Plains-wanderer, with some seedsnipe-like features,” said Dr Venesa De Pietri of Canterbury Museum, lead author of the paper. The Plains-wanderer and seedsnipes are unusual shorebirds as they have adapted well to living on the land. “We’re happy to have found a fossil …

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 …

Desmatochelys padillai: Paleontologists Find Oldest Known Species of Sea Turtle | Paleontology | Sci-News.com

… Wikipedia is no longer up to date. We described a fossil sea turtle from Colombia that is about 10 million years older,” Dr Cadena said. “The turtle described by us as Desmatochelys padillai originates from Cretaceous sediments and is at least 120 million years old.” The partial skeleton of Desmatochelys padillai, with a length of nearly 6.5 feet (2 m), shows all of the characteristic traits of modern marine turtles, the paleontologists report online today in the journal PaleoBios. To …

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