Oceania

On the News | Rare ‘dino-bird’ fossil find @ Guardian News

On the News @ Guardian News Title:  Rare ‘dino-bird’ fossil find Excerpt: “A gravel quarry in the North West of Queensland has revealed an ancient fossil find, over 100 million years old. Museum volunteers from Richmond’s marine fossil museum Kronosaurus Korner found bones from a miniature prehistoric ‘dino-bird’ have been discovered by museum volunteers in the quarry – revealing new insights into creatures that once flew above Australia’s ancient inland seas. The recently

On the News | Dinosaur-bird fossil discovery ruffles feathers in outback Queensland @ ABC News

On the News @ ABC News Title:  Dinosaur-bird fossil discovery ruffles feathers in outback Queensland Excerpt: “In a dry outback quarry, 500 kilometres from Australia’s east coast, a volunteer has unearthed Richmond’s first dinosaur-bird, a species previously unseen in what was Australia’s inland sea. Patrick Smith, curator of Richmond’s Kronosaurus Korner, said the discovery of the 100-million-year-old bones occurred in a free fossil site, 12 kilometres from town. “It’s very,

On the News | Fossils rock Annette's world @ Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star

On the News @ Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star Title:  Fossils rock Annette’s world Excerpt: “The moment Annette Fifoot discovered her first fossil 70 years ago sparked a long and passionate love affair with geology. “I was always picking rocks from when I could toddle,” Mrs Fifoot said. “But when I found this one in Beaudesert in 1947, I took it to my father straight away and he told

Just out | An unusual ferruginous-calcitic Frutexites microbialite community from the lower Cambrian of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ An unusual ferruginous-calcitic Frutexites microbialite community from the lower Cambrian of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia Author(s) Joachim Reitner, Nick Langsford, Peter D. Kruse Excerpt: “The Flinders Ranges of South Australia are famous for their fossiliferous early Cambrian faunas, especially their archaeocyaths, trilobites, early molluscs and sponges, among other fossil groups (e.g., Gravestock 1984; Bengtson et al. 1990; James and Gravestock 1990; Kruse 1991; Reitner 1992;

Just out | Possible evidence of primary succession in a juvenile-dominated Ediacara fossil surface from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Just out @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Possible evidence of primary succession in a juvenile-dominated Ediacara fossil surface from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia Author(s) Lily M. Reid, Diego C. García-Bellido, Justin L. Payne, Bruce Runnegar, James G. Gehling Abstract: Ediacara fossil surfaces from the Flinders Ranges (South Australia) commonly record excellent preservation quality and can provide a palaeoecological window into some of the oldest communities on Earth (ca. 555 Ma). An excavated

Just out | A modern Sr/Ca-δ18O-sea surface temperature calibration for Isopora corals on the Great Barrier Reef @ Paleoceanography

Just out @ Paleoceanography Title:  A modern Sr/Ca-δ18O-sea surface temperature calibration for Isopora corals on the Great Barrier Reef Author(s) Logan D. Brenner, Braddock K. Linsley, Donald C. Potts Abstract: Isopora (Acroporidae) is a genus of often encrusting, branching to submassive corals that are common in many shallow habitats on modern and fossil Indo-West Pacific reefs. Although abundant, Isopora is largely absent from paleoceanographic literature. The scarcity of large Porites

Just out | Micropaleontology of the lower Mesoproterozoic Roper Group, Australia, and implications for early eukaryotic evolution @ Journal of Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Paleontology Title:  Micropaleontology of the lower Mesoproterozoic Roper Group, Australia, and implications for early eukaryotic evolution Author(s) Emmanuelle J. Javaux, Andrew H. Knoll Abstract: Well-preserved microfossils occur in abundance through more than 1000 m of lower Mesoproterozoic siliciclastic rocks composing the Roper Group, Northern Territory, Australia. The Roper assemblage includes 34 taxa, five interpreted unambiguously as eukaryotes, nine as possible eukaryotes (including Blastanosphaira kokkoda new

On the News | A new fossil shows ancient penguins were as tall as people for 30 million years @ Business Insider

On the News @ Business Insider Title: A new fossil shows ancient penguins were as tall as people for 30 million years Excerpt “The evolution of penguins is a bit of a puzzle for scientists. Did their ancestors fly or were they always confined to land and sea? More importantly, were they always the size they are now? Scientists from New Zealand and Senckenberg finally have some answers, thanks to their recent discovery

On the News | Ancient penguins were giant animals for 30 million years, according to a newly-discovered fossil @ Business Insider

On the News @ Business Insider Title: Ancient penguins were giant animals for 30 million years, according to a newly-discovered fossil Excerpt “The evolution of penguins is a bit of a puzzle for scientists. Did their ancestors fly or were they always confined to land and sea? More importantly, were they always the size they are now? Scientists from New Zealand and Senckenberg finally have some answers, thanks to their recent discovery

On the News | Giant Prehistoric Penguins Evolved During the Dinosaur Age @ Live Science

On the News @ Live Science Title: Giant Prehistoric Penguins Evolved During the Dinosaur Age Excerpt “Penguins that walked the Earth 61 million years ago might have been giants, growing to nearly 5 feet tall, according to the oldest penguin fossils unearthed to date. Perhaps even more impressive, these oversize waddlers might have evolved alongside dinosaurs, the researchers report in a new study. Penguins are flightless, but they can swim