Let’s go back to the Permian period, around 260 million years. Life was quite blissful, with no dinosaurs tearing up the turf as of yet. Animals from this period were bizarre experimentations, with early
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For paleontologists and fossil enthusiasts working in the United States, one week is left to submit comments on the Paleontological Resources Protection Act (PRPA), the set of U.S. laws that protects and preserve the nation’s paleontological resources.
Featured Image: Artist’s reconstruction of two individuals of Siamogale melilutra sp. nov. Art by Mauricio Antón. For more information, see first paper. Papers (All Open Access): A new otter of giant size, Siamogale melilutra sp. nov. (Lutrinae: Mustelidae: Carnivora),
The earliest mammals are often portrayed as minor elements of Mesozoic ecosystems, often literally in the shadows of dinosaurs as they scurried and scampered around their feet. During this time though, the earliest mammal precursors
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Featured Image: Reconstructions of the white matter tracts of the Tasmanian Devil (left) and Thylacine (right). Fibers are colored according to their approximate orientation (left-right = red, rostral-caudal = green, dorsal-ventral = blue). From Burns and Ashwell (2017).
Featured Image: The hyolith “Haplophrentis” could extend the tentacles of its feeding organ, lophophore, from between its shells. The paired spines, or helens, rotated downwards to prop the animal up off the ocean floor (Illustration by
Featured Image: 3D printout of the Dwykaselachus brain case. Image courtesy University of Chicago. For more info, see first article under News Happy New Year everyone! Papers (All Open Access): The Importance of International Collaborations to Advance Research Endeavors
Turtles are an incredible evolutionary success story, with about 350 extant species that inhabit all major oceans and landmasses and from tropical to temperate climates. The fossil record of turtles is incredibly rich, and documents