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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 …

Iguana Relative Shows How Lizards Spread Worldwide

By Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | September 1, 2015 An 80-million-year-old lizard discovered in southern Brazil has provided a surprising clue about how these reptiles evolved, and where they once lived, according to a new study. Until now, researchers had found acrodontans only in the Old World, including Africa and Asia. (This is a type of lizard is called an iguanian that has teeth fused to the top of its jaws, a group that includes chameleons and bearded dragons.) But the newfound fossil, a …

A New Study Reports 99 Percent of Sea Bird Species Could Be Eating Plastic by 2050 – CityLab

By John Metcalfe | September 1, 2015 Plastic—it’s what’s for dinner, tragically, if you happen to be a hungry sea bird. A new study in PNAS estimates nearly 90 percent of all living marine birds have eaten some type of plastic. With concentrations as thick as 580,000 pieces per square kilometer of ocean—and with global plastics manufacturing increasing exponentially—99 percent of seabird species could be ingesting the crud by 2050, say researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth …

Rare ‘Living Fossil’ Nautilus Spotted For The First Time In 30 Years

By Vikas Shukla | August 26, 2015 A University of Washington biologist has once again spotted the rare nautilus more than 30 years after he discovered and identified the then-new species. Last month, he came across the Allonautilus scrobiculatus species of nautilus in the waters near Papua New Guinea. This creature is a type of shellfish, cousin to octopus, cuttlefish, and squid. The species was first identified in 1984 Biologist Peter Ward first identified the species in 1984. His …

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