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What life was like for newborn giant sea lizards during the age of the dinosaur

Mon, 2015-04-13 17:27
Many scientists have studied fossils from gigantic marine lizards called mosasaurs that lived at the time of the dinosaurs and flourished in ancient seas, but little is known about aspects of their breeding and birth.

Investigators have gained new insights from young mosasaur specimens collected over 100 years ago that had previously been thought to belong to ancient marine birds. Their findings are published inPalaeontology.

The team noted that the specimens show a variety of features related to the jaws and teeth that are only found in mosasaurs. “Coming across these tiny mosasaur specimens was really serendipitous,” Field said. “It’s not every day that you’re able to shed new light on the biology of animals that went extinct 65 million years ago,” said lead author Daniel Field.

Analyses of the specimens indicate that even newborn mosasaurs occupied open oceanic habitats and were likely born in this setting. “Contrary to classic suggestions, these findings suggest that mosasaurs did not lay eggs on beaches, and that newborn mosasaurs likely did not live in sheltered nearshore nurseries,” said co-author Aaron LeBlanc.

WILEY

Categories: General

AF: Terracotta Army of Individuals?

Mon, 2015-04-13 12:54

Welcome to Archae-Facts, the place to find bite-sized chunks of Archaeological Trivial!

Today, I explore the Terracotta army.

Categories: General

AS: Nimrud Destruction Video Released

Mon, 2015-04-13 09:39

Welcome to Archaeoscoop. In this series we bring you breaking news, headlines and interviews from the archaeological world.

Links:

Islamic State video ‘shows destruction of Nimrud':

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32273672

Isis video shows complete destruction of ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-video-shows-complete-destruction-of-ancient-city-of-nimrud-in-iraq-10170469.html

 

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QoD: Druids?

Fri, 2015-04-10 13:51

Welcome to Questions of Doom. In this series, we answer your questions about Archaeology and our shared heritage.

Today, I explore the Druids – who were they and what does archaeology have to say about them?

 

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