Fossils in the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ may be more than a million years older than previously thought — ScienceDaily

The earth doesn’t give up its secrets easily — not even in the “Cradle of Humankind” in South Africa, where a wealth of fossils relating to human evolution have been found. For decades, scientists have studied these fossils of early human ancestors and their long-lost relatives. Now, a dating method developed by a Purdue University … Read more

68th annual Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show boasts gems, geodes, fossils and more – The Durango Herald

Three-day event lasts until Sunday afternoon A slab of borite (center) sits before a wide selection of calcite, selenite, fluorite, quartz and other minerals at Perfect Point Crystal Co.’s vendor booth at the 68th annual Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Saturday . (Christian Burney/Durango Herald) The Turquoise … Read more

Well-Preserved, 30,000-Year-Old Baby Woolly Mammoth Emerges From Yukon Permafrost | History

The trunk, ears and tail of this baby woolly mammoth, named Nun cho gaare almost perfectly preserved. Government of Yukon On a drizzly June morning, Travis Mudry, a miner working in the Klondike goldfields of Canada’s Yukon territory, cut into a wall of permafrost, or permanently frozen earth. To reach the gold deposits hidden in … Read more

Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Lingulid brachiopod trace fossils from the Middle Jurassic Carmel Formation of southwestern Utah

This is a short trace fossil story with two disappointments, one much more than the other. It involves trace fossils made by lingulid brachiopods, a marine invertebrate group with a very long geological history. The earliest appeared in the Cambrian, and, as you can see from the top image, they are very much alive today. … Read more

Human Ancestor Fossils in the “Cradle of Humankind” May Be More Than a Million Years Older Than Thought

Pictured are four different Australopithecus crania that were found in the Sterkfontein caves, South Africa. The Sterkfontein cave fill containing this and other Australopithecus fossils was dated to 3.4 to 3.6 million years ago, far older than previously thought. The new date overturns the long-held concept that South African Australopithecus is a younger offshoot of … Read more

‘Cradle of Humankind’ Fossils May Be a Million Years Older Than Previously Thought

Multiple ancient hominin remains from caves in South Africa may be much, much older than previous estimates suggested. The Sterkfontein limestone cave system, not far from Johannesburg, has yielded so many ancient bones from the hominin genus Australopithecus over the last century that its location has been dubbed the Cradle of Humankind – deeply important … Read more

This Ancient Vampire of The Deep Ocean Really Sucked

A fearsome ‘vampire’ predator that lurked in Earth’s oceans more than 160 million years ago probably did actually suck its prey, at least in a sense. A new analysis of exceptionally well-preserved fossils of a small cephalopod named Vampyronassa rhodanicarelated to modern vampire squids (neither actually vampires, nor squids), reveals the presence of muscular suckers … Read more

Newly Described Dinosaur Used Its Massive Sword-Like Claws to Forage For Shrubs

Millions of years ago, a bipedal dinosaur with knives for fingers stalked the shores of the Asian continent. But those Edward Scissorhandslike weapons were used for slashing vegetation rather than eviscerating animal prey, according to a new study. The dinosaur belonged to a group known as therizinosaurs – bipedal and primarily herbivorous three-toed dinosaurs that … Read more