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A Sea Monster Named Jim

Olivier Rieppel and Jim Holstein tell the tale of the giant Lizard Eating Sovereign of the Sea (named Jim!). Touted as the T-Rex of the Sea, the Triassic sea monster…

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Jared Berent's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:38 PM

A new species, the "T-Rex of the Sea", currently resides at the Field Museum where scientific research may lead to answers regarding ecological recovery both past and present. The potential implications related to our current biodiversity crisis are fascinating.

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Extinction that paved way for dinosaurs definitively linked to volcanism

Extinction that paved way for dinosaurs definitively linked to volcanism | Geology News | Scoop.it
New dates also show life started recovering while eruptions were in progress.

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Brent Madaris's curator insight, April 11, 2013 4:01 PM

Some of this information could easily fit in with the Biblical account of Noah's flood when "all the fountains of the great deep were broken up." (Genesis 7:11)

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Glaciers: The Forces that Shape the Earth - S4A

Glaciers: The Forces that Shape the Earth - S4A | Geology News | Scoop.it

Glaciers are spectacular phenomenons of nature. The physics they are based on is surprising, while the geological role they have is essential. In this article, we discuss these facts, as well as their retreats and their dangers.

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Crow-Size Pterosaur Named After 9-Year-Old Fossil Hunter -- National Geographic

Crow-Size Pterosaur Named After 9-Year-Old Fossil Hunter -- National Geographic | Geology News | Scoop.it
Crow-size and likely toothless, the newfound flying reptile lived in a hot, lush England more than 65 million years ago.

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Silfra - Thingvellir National Park, Iceland - Diving between Continents

Silfra - Thingvellir National Park, Iceland - Diving between Continents | Geology News | Scoop.it
A description and photos of the dive site SILFRA CRACK. Information about Diving as well as Snorkeling trips in Lake Thingvellir, Iceland. Silfra cathedral, Silfra Lagoon.

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What Antarctica Looked Like Before the Ice

What Antarctica Looked Like Before the Ice | Geology News | Scoop.it
Antarctica was flat, warm and crisscrossed with rivers before glaciers buzz-sawed its steep valleys.
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Geological history of the Earth - student film competition finalist video

Maia Krall Fry, a student at the University of St Andrews, brings a touch of poetry to geology in her 60 second film. "I wanted to bring some of the key ideas about geology into one minute," says Maia.
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Billion-dollar mission to drill into the Earth's mantle planned (Wired UK)

Billion-dollar mission to drill into the Earth's mantle planned (Wired UK) | Geology News | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is set to embark on a $1 billion (£617 billion) expedition to drill into the mantle layer, and make history by collecting the first ever mantle samples...
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Volcano erupting in Russia’s Far East and forming a lake of burning lava

MOSCOW — A volcano erupting in Russia’s Far East is sending plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and creating a lava lake.
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We Are All Stardust

Dr. Philipp Heck and his team at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies search for presolar grains - cosmic dust that predates our Solar Sys...


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Field Museum studies rare meteorite possibly from the outer asteroid belt | Science Codex

Field Museum studies rare meteorite possibly from the outer asteroid belt | Science Codex | Geology News | Scoop.it
On April 22, 2012 a very fast-moving fireball was observed over large parts
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Feathered dinosaur used displays to attract mates

Feathered dinosaur used displays to attract mates | Geology News | Scoop.it
Some feathered dinosaurs may have used their tail feathers in a similar way to today’s turkeys and peacocks, in displays to attract a mate.
 
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Another aftershock of Alaska earthquake occurs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Seismologists are reporting another aftershock of a powerful Alaska earthquake that prompted a tsunami warning for Alaska and Canada coastlines.
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The Archaeology News Network: Researchers find new information about 'Snowball Earth' period

The Archaeology News Network: Researchers find new information about 'Snowball Earth' period | Geology News | Scoop.it

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Scientists Discover Spectacular River on Mars

Scientists Discover Spectacular River on Mars | Geology News | Scoop.it
Planetary scientists at the European Space Agency have released 3D images of the "striking upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars," which reveal a 932-mile-long (1500 kilometer) river running from the Promethei Terra Highlands to the vast...

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Quantum Teleportation in Space Explored as Message Encryption Solution: Scientific American

Quantum Teleportation in Space Explored as Message Encryption Solution: Scientific American | Geology News | Scoop.it
Satellites could be used to beam down powerful data encryption keys that rely on entangled photons.

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If the Moon were replaced with some of our planets

If the Moon were replaced with some of our planets | Geology News | Scoop.it
This is a visualization of what it might be like if the Moon was replaced with some of the other planets at the same distance as our moon

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Oldest dinosaur embryo fossils discovered in China

Oldest dinosaur embryo fossils discovered in China | Geology News | Scoop.it
Nesting site yields earliest known organic remains of a terrestrial vertebrate.

 

Palaeontologists working in China have unearthed the earliest collection of fossilized dinosaur embryos to date. The trove includes remains from many individuals at different developmental stages, providing a unique opportunity to investigate the embryonic development of a prehistoric species.

 

Robert Reisz, a palaeontologist at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Canada, and his colleagues discovered the sauropodomorph fossils in a bone bed in Lufeng County that dates to the Early Jurassic period, 197 million to 190 million years ago. The site contained eggshells and more than 200 disarticulated bones — the oldest known traces of budding dinosaurs, the researchers report in Nature.

 

“Most of our record of dinosaur embryos is concentrated in the Late Cretaceous period,” says David Evans, curator of vertebrate palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “This [study] takes a detailed record of dinosaur embryology and pushes it back over 100 million years.”

But it is not just the age of the fossils that is notable, the researchers say. Spectroscopic analysis of bone-tissue samples from the Chinese nesting site revealed the oldest organic material ever seen in a terrestrial vertebrate. That was surprising because the fossilized femur bones were delicate and porous, which made them vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater, says Reisz.

 

“That suggests to us that other dinosaur fossils might have organic remains,” he says. “We just haven’t looked at them in the right ways.” 

Reisz thinks that the complex proteins his team detected in that organic material are preserved collagen. Because collagen composition varies across species, further analyses could help researchers to compare the sauropodomorph fossils with those of other creatures. They include the mighty sauropods, close relatives — and perhaps descendants — of early sauropodomorphs that weighed in at about 100,000 kilograms each, making them the largest animals ever to roam Earth.

 

The researchers think that the Lufeng dinosaurs are sauropodomorphs because they are similar in many ways to intact embryonic skeletons of Massospondylus, a sauropodomorph that Reisz unearthed in South Africa in 20052. But their analysis does identify key differences between the two fossil finds. The Lufeng embryos were less developmentally advanced than the Massospondylus embryos, and they seem to be examples of a different genus, Lufengosaurus.


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Geology Mystery Solved By Discovery Of 'Lost' Tectonic Plate

Geology Mystery Solved By Discovery Of 'Lost' Tectonic Plate | Geology News | Scoop.it
By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/19/2013 07:40 AM EDT on LiveScienceA tectonic plate that disappeared under North America millions of years ago still peeks out in central California and Mexico, new research finds.
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Views from the Earth's Past : DNews

Views from the Earth's Past : DNews | Geology News | Scoop.it
The Grand Canyon is a great place to glimpse Earth's history, but there are lots of lesser known and equally rewarding spots to reverse geologic time.
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Earth-Like Planets Fill the Galaxy | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Earth-Like Planets Fill the Galaxy | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Geology News | Scoop.it
LONG BEACH, Calif.—Look up on a starry night. Almost every one of those tiny pricks of light is home to an unseen world. Our Milky Way ...
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Isle of Fright – Europe’s ‘most dangerous’ dinosaur once roamed the Isle of Wight

Isle of Fright – Europe’s ‘most dangerous’ dinosaur once roamed the Isle of Wight | Geology News | Scoop.it
More than 125 million years ago, in the early Cretaceous period, the tiny south-coast island was home to Europe's deadliest predator the Neovenator
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THE WORLD GEOGRAPHY: 10 Unusual Volcanic Craters

THE WORLD GEOGRAPHY: 10 Unusual Volcanic Craters | Geology News | Scoop.it
Craters of extinct and passive volcanoes are circular depressions in the ground caused by ancient volcanic activities. It is typically a basin, circular in form within which occurs a vent (or vents).

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Roger Mata Lleonart's curator insight, December 14, 2012 8:17 AM

A un d'aquest cràters, qualificats com dels més inusuals del món, hi podeu arribar fàcilment.

 

One of this craters, described as the most unusual in the world, easily accessible

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"Dinosaur dealer" who smuggled Tyrannosaurus bones now faces prison.

"Dinosaur dealer" who smuggled Tyrannosaurus bones now faces prison. | Geology News | Scoop.it
Fla. man, Eric Prokopi, admits smuggling skeleton from Mongolia, faces up to 17 years in prison
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Photo of Mt. Vesuvius from Space Is Gorgeous, Terrifying

Photo of Mt. Vesuvius from Space Is Gorgeous, Terrifying | Geology News | Scoop.it
I have a hard time seeing this as anything other than a paean to humanity’s inability to learn: This was the view out the International Space Station’s cupola on Jan. 1, 2013, around 09:37 UTC, looking nearly straight down the gullet of Italy’s Mt.
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