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Moa bones discovered during Manawatū Gorge road replacement work
Moa bones have been found at the site of the long-awaited new highway between Manawatū and Hawke’s Bay, replacing the shut road through the Manawatū Gorge. The find has been hailed by the Te Ahu a Turanga Manawatū Tararua Highway project site archaeologist as being of great significance. The bones of at least two smaller-sized moa have been found, with further smaller bird bone fragments still to be analysed.
Petrified wood is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process of permineralization. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the stem tissue. Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional ...
'All bets now off' on which ape was humanity's ancestor
Researchers have discovered a nearly complete 3.8-million-year-old skull of an early ape-like human ancestor in Ethiopia. An analysis of the new specimen challenges ideas about how the first humans evolved from ape-like ancestors. The current view that an ape named Lucy was among a species that gave rise to the first early humans may have to be reconsidered. The discovery is reported in the journal Nature.
AfricanFossils.org — WEBSITE with 3D FOSSIL & CARDBOARD MODEL PLANS
This virtual lab showcases a spectacular collection of fossils and artifacts found mostly at Lake Turkana in East Africa. The digital collection of animals, human ancestors, as well as ancient stone tools offers a unique tool for scholars and enthusiasts to explore and interact with the collection online. It also provides an opportunity to download models for 3-D printing as well as to comment and share images of your favorite printed fossil objects on our forum.
Whale fossil could shed light on 'dark age'
A suspected 20 million-year-old fossilised whale, which for the past 12 years has been lying in an Oamaru backyard, could now help answer questions about a "dark age''. Prof Ewan Fordyce, a paleontologist in the University of Otago geology department, said if the fossilised remains of the whale ... were in fact the bones of an animal from 20million to 23million years ago, it would also "quite likely'' represent a newly discovered species ...
Messel Pit Fossil Site
Messel Pit is the richest site in the world for understanding the living environment of the Eocene, between 57 million and 36 million years ago. In particular, it provides unique information about the early stages of the evolution of mammals and includes exceptionally well-preserved mammal fossils, ranging from fully articulated skeletons to the contents of stomachs of animals of this period.
Opposition grows to fossil mining
The news a geologically important site is set to be mined by an off-shore company for animal food has shocked scientists – and former Prime Minister Helen Clark. The site in Middlemarch is full of 23 million-year-old fossils which offer important clues to New Zealand’s past.
This article is about the geological formation in Otago, New Zealand. For other uses, see Foulden. The Foulden Maar is a maar-diatreme volcano located in the Strath Taieri, southeast of Middlemarch in Otago, New Zealand. Its crater was formed 23 million years ago and is filled with fossilised diatomite as well as sedimentary rock, debris ﬂows and pyroclastic rocks. It is the only maar of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and is one of New Zealand's pre-eminent fossil sites.
Moa footprints found in Otago river
Ranfurly man Michael Johnston made a discovery of international significance, putting the Maniototo into the record books by finding a series of fossilised moa footprints millions of years old. The footprints were the first moa prints to be found in the South Island and a "glimpse into the past before the ice age", Prof Ewan Fordyce, of the University of Otago's department of geology, said.
What is a fossil?
What is a fossil? - VIDEO Professor Cam Nelson, on site at a fossil-rich limestone outcrop, defines the term ‘fossil’. This particular limestone outcrop is full of giant oyster fossils, with some 30 cm in size. Cam describes the likely conditions that these oysters once lived in using the present conditions in Foveaux Strait, a rich oyster fishery, as an example.
Marine fossils on hilltops - VIDEO Adam Vonk explains how it is possible that we can find a marine fossil – remnants of an organism that lived in the sea – on the top of a hill. Originally, the fossil would have been deposited on the sea floor, and the organism would have been compacted and became fossilised. Then the rock that the fossil sits in was uplifted. In the Taranaki basin in the North Island of New Zealand that Adam has studied, there has been a great deal of uplift, ...
Dating the past - introduction — TEACHING RESOURCE “How old is it?” is one of the first questions you’ll probably ask when you see an interesting rock or fossil. It’s certainly one of the first things that a geologist wants to know. As you’ll discover, finding the answer could involve you in topics as varied as investigating rock layers above or below the sea, studying fossils and their evolution or using radioactive elements as geological clocks.
Dr Alan Beu
Dr Alan Beu — SCIENTIST PROFILE Dr Alan Beu has spent most of his life working with fossils. He's collected shell fossils throughout New Zealand and in many other countries. Collecting trips are just a part of the job though. Alan also painstakingly identifies his finds, using reference collections including the one at GNS Science. He has studied some shell species in great detail, sorting out their evolution through geological time. This contributes towards being able to use fossils to date...
Fossils from Whanganui
Fossils from Whanganui - VIDEO Dr Alan Beu reveals some shell fossils in the National Paleontology Collection, stored at GNS Science. Some fossils in a rock can indicate the environment that rock was formed in. Certain shells lived only in shallow water, others only in deep water. Other shells are of less use, as they lived in a range of environments.
Experimental gingko trees at the Smithsonian
Fossil Atmospheres – Zooniverse — CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT By comparing some features of fossilised plants with the same features of plants living today, scientists hope to be able to learn more about the effect of changing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in our atmosphere and to understand what effect climate change might have on life on Earth in the long term.