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New evidence indicates that the orb web common to two different groups of spiders had a single evolutionary origin and may have been snagging flying insects as early as 136 million years ago.AAAS press release:
Early Cretaceous Spider Web with Its Prey. 2006. E. Peñalver et al. Science 312: 1761In a second study researchers found pieces of a web with several insects still entangled encased in a 110-million year old piece of amber from a site in Spain.
The world's leading scientists Wednesday urged schools to stop denying the facts of evolution amid controversy over the teaching of creationism.
From The Guardian article by Rebecca Smithers:
The national science academies of 67 countries - including the UK's Royal Society - issued a joint statement warning that scientific evidence about the origins of life was being "concealed, denied, or confused". It urged parents and teachers to provide children with the facts about the origins and evolution of life on Earth.
The statement was drafted by members of the Inter Academy Panel on International Issues, a global network consisting of 92 science academies. It points out that "within science courses taught in certain public systems of education, scientific evidence, data, and testable theories about the origins and evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with theories not testable by science".
Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society, said: "There is controversy in some parts of the world about the teaching of evolution to pupils and students, so this is a timely statement that makes clear the views of the scientific community.
"I hope this statement will help those who are attempting to uphold the rights of young people to have access to accurate scientific knowledge about the origins and evolution of life on Earth."
READ THE FULL STATEMENT FROM THE ROYAL SOCIETY HERE.
"Tinker" is the near-complete skeleton of a rex youngster, an individual two-thirds adult size, but only one-fourth adult weight. We think we have over 70% of Tinker with at least something from each section of the body, from jaws to tail tip vertebrae."Also from the site:
The Discovery Team was Ron "Tinker" Frithiof, Mike Harrell, Melody Harrell, Kim Hollrah with Dr. Robert T. Bakker, paleontologist and D.L. Grimm & Associates, marketing and promotion.Dinosaur Mailing List (hosted by the CMNH) that explains all.
Watch the tralier in glorious B&W!:
At about 110 million years, Gansus yumenensis is one of the oldest members of the lineage leading to modern birds. New fossil specimens of the loon-like ancient bird help fill in the avian family tree and suggest that today's birds may have gotten their start in aquatic environments.From the AAAS press release:
In a matter of months, butterflies sporting the yellow and red wing color pattern of a wild species were created through simple laboratory crosses of two other wild species.From the press release:
A new fossil from the Age of the Dinosaurs suggests modern crocodiles first evolved in Gondwana.From ABC News:
The first images of a live specimen of a small, furry animal once believed to have gone extinct more than 11 million years ago have been captured during a Southeast Asian expedition led by a retired Florida State University researcher.press release:
"It was 200km south of Hughenden, at Muttaburra, that Doug Langdon found a strange pile of fossilised bones in 1963 and put his town on the international palaeontology map.
Langdon's skeleton, Muttaburrasaurus langdoni, ended up in the Queensland Museum and the town got a gaudy replica of the dinosaur to put up in its main street – an exchange that some in Muttaburra have resented ever since.
There is said to be another complete dinosaur skeleton lying in a paddock close to town, but its supposed location has not been revealed.
Not that fossilised dinosaurs are in short supply in this country. In 1989, Richmond district brothers Ian and Rob Ievers dug an almost complete skeleton of a 100-million-year-old plesiosaur out of the ground on their family property, and found another preserved dinosaur skeleton of an armoured ankylosaur three months later."
For this week’s ‘Sunday Fun’ we present “TyranoStar” by the ever-creative Pete Von Sholly. The above cover is from the 3D comic published by Ray Zone with pencils by Pete & inks by dino-artist supreme, Bill Stout.
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Dates on moraines from mid-latitudes around the world imply that after the last Ice Age glaciers retreated simultaneously in response to warming by increased CO2 levels.Near-Synchronous Interhemispheric Termination of the Last Glacial Maximum in Mid-Latitudes. 2006. Joerg M. Schaefer. Science 312: 1510 – 1513.
Info on life after ‘Snowball Earth’ HERE
The new analysis presents several lines of evidence that support the idea that stromatolites were formed by mats of microscopic organisms.
Planetary scientists have found evidence of a meteor impact much larger and earlier than the one that killed the dinosaurs -- an impact that they believe caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history.Ohio State Research News:
An analysis of tools from a site called Mata Menge are strikingly similar to those found at the nearby H. floresiensis locality dated at 800,000 years ago.From National Geographic News: