Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

title pic Look what I’ve found! Exhibition 30 years WPZ

added by on March 31, 2013

Ever smelled a mammoth? Or fossil hyena poo? In the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, a pediatrician, customs official, fishmonger and other members of the Dutch Association for the Study of Pleistoce Mammals (WPZ) show that everyone, regardless of age or occupation, can find amazing fossils. They will show some special pieces in the museum, taken from their private collections.


title pic New oldest work of art: 42,000 year old paintings of seals found in Spanish caves

added by on February 8, 2012

The world’s oldest works of art have been found in a cave on Spain’s Costa del Sol, scientists believe.

Six paintings of seals are at least 42,000 years old and are the only known artistic images created by Neanderthal man.

The paintings were found in the Nerja Caves, 35 miles east of Malaga in the southern region of Andalusia. more

title pic Siberia was a wildlife refuge in the last ice age

added by on January 17, 2012

SIBERIA, a name that conjures up images of snow and ice, may have been an unlikely refuge from the bitter cold of the last ice age. Ancient DNA from the region paints a picture of remarkably stable animal and plant life in the teeth of plunging temperatures. The findings could help predict how ecosystems will adapt to future climate change. more

title pic Oldest fossil on earth found

added by on August 22, 2011

Microfossils found in Australia show that more than 3.4 billion years ago, bacteria thrived on an Earth that had no oxygen, a finding that boosts hopes life has existed on Mars, a study published Sunday says.


title pic Amateur fossil hunter gets credit for big find

added by on July 25, 2011

It’s one of the most significant pieces of prehistoric art ever found in North America — a carving of a mammoth or mastodon on a piece of fossilized bone dating back to the Ice Age. An amateur fossil hunter found it several years ago in Vero Beach, Florida. Now, after three years of study, a team of researchers say they believe it’s authentic. more

title pic West Runton Elephant helps unlock the past

added by on March 31, 2011

Researchers from the University of York and Manchester have successfully extracted protein from the bones of a 600,000 year old mammoth, paving the way for the identification of ancient fossils.

Using an ultra-high resolution mass spectrometer, bio-archaeologists were able to produce a near complete collagen sequence for the West Runton Elephant, a Steppe Mammoth skeleton which was discovered in cliffs in Norfolk in 1990. The remarkable 85 per cent complete skeleton – the most complete example of its species ever found in the world – is preserved by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service in Norwich. more