Archive for the ‘Fossils’ Category

Who made these rings?

This takes me back to the days when rings would mysteriously appear in  corn fields. This in turn would lead to talk about aliens or other life forms as the source of who made the rings. I seem to recall that they usually just ended up as some sort of prank by humans.

Anyway, in this story, the rings about 492 million year old and probably weren’t made by humans.  The article is entitled “What on Earth Made These Perfect Fossil Rings?” by Jennifer Frazer over at the Artful Amoeba blog courtesy of the Scientific American website.

Check it out, there’s even a contest to come up with the “best natural explanation”.

Woo Hoo!


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Fossils & biodiversity

As someone who has always been fascinated by fossils, I found this article very fascinating. Using fossils to see how ancient ecosystems functioned. The article is entitled “Can Fossils Reveal How to Reverse Biodiversity Loss” over at the Environmental News Network via ClickGreen.

Click it out!


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The land of evolutionary misfits

It seems like I’ve read a lot of books over the last several years on the topic of evolution and so when I read this article, I knew I had to write a post on it. While for may animals, their place on the tree of life is easy to locate, others are a challenge. This is one of those challenges.

The article is entitled “Evolution Misfit: Misunderstood Worm-Like Fossil Finds it’s Place in the Tree of Life” from the University of Cambridge over at  Science Daily. Don’t forget to heck out the picture that’s with the article. Wow!



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Just when your not looking

I’ve been holding onto this article for quite some time now, hoping to find the right time to post it and just when I thought no, it turns out, it is. The article is “Creatures of Cambrian May Have Lived On” by John Noble Wilford over at the New York Times. I decided to because I came across this article a coupe of weeks ago entitled “The Shells of Ocean Animals are Already Dissolving in Acidic Seas” by Philip Bump over at Grist.

Anyway, they both took me back to the book Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind by Richard Fortey. It’s a great read. So before I dissolve, I’m going to go to bed.



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