Friday, January 27, 2012

[Geology2] Researchers identify skull of South America's oldest predator

Researchers identify skull of South America's oldest predator [USA], January 18, 2012 

Back in 2008, budding paleontologists, Juan Cisneros and Cesar Schultz,
still college students, found a skull in a part of Brazil known as the
pampas region of Rio Grande do Sul. They'd decided to dig there after
studying images from Google Earth. Afterwards, they took pictures of
their find and sent them back to their professor at the University of
Witwatersrand, in South Africa, which is a sort of hotbed for fossil
study due to the large numbers of specimens found in an area nearby
known as the Karoo. After much study, the two finders of the fossil and
a team from Witwatersrand, will have their findings published in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and report that they
believe the skull once belonged to a creature called Pampaphoneus biccai

and is related to an ancient reptile found in South Africa called


Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni: Fossil hermit crab named after
Michael Jackson [USA], January 19, 2012

A Kent State University researcher was part of an international team of
paleontologists that recently made a significant discovery in northern
Spain. The group discovered a new family, genus and species of fossil
hermit crab – one that lived 100 million years ago. The team made the
surprising discovery on June 25, 2009. Later that day, while meeting at
a restaurant in the city of Alsasua, the group saw on TV that
international superstar Michael Jackson had passed away that day. The
paleontologists decided to honor the "King of Pop" by the naming the new

species after the late music icon: Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni.


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