Fossils

2539-white-shelled-ammonite-1sml The magazine contains a regular fossil report, provided by an expert in the field, the latest news from the fossil is included every quarter, don't forget we'll always welcome your contributions as well!
Fossils originate from the remains of animals, plants, matter and creatures alive many thousands and millions of years ago.
The organic matter or tissue slowly becomes replaced by mineral stone and crystal.
There are variations of the fossilisation process, perhaps most well known are ammonites the spiral pattern commonly found in the UK and around the world.
Fossils can be small or enormous, from tiny sea creatures, fish to large mammoths and dinosaurs. However unusually only part found a complete skeletal system would be a very special find!
Fossil hunting is a pursuit enjoyed by many and can be casually followed by most. Although planning and safety on any trip should be paramount.
A great way of getting the kids and everyone out in the fresh air!
The magazine has a range of suppliers that stock a comprehensive range of fossils both native to the UK and from overseas.

Click for the Fossil new report from issue 39

Telmatosaurus

An unfortunate Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus (dwarf duck-billed dino) from 60 000+ years ago in Transylvania, is the first creature to be diagnosed with a modern benign tumour from fossil remains, the international group of researchers suspect that this family of dinosaurs (hadrosaurs) were more susceptible to these conditions.

how did pterosaurs fly?

Sounds like a bumblebee story and a lack of acceptance that we still have lots to learn, being so big with wing spans up to 11m how did pterosaurs fly?
Basically because their bones were hollow, few examples remain for study also they’ve been compared to birds so estimates of weight hugely vary. We do know they had a highly developed respiratory system with lungs and air sacks. Also they had elasticated skin opposed to feathers, with the ability to adjust the angle of the front of their wings they were well equipped, Southampton University students are currently developing 3d models in order to fill in the missing gaps…

From issue 70, to purchase print copy below:

dinosaur extinction event

We always hear of the dinosaur extinction event but did you know that the ‘event’ nearly wiped out everything else including mammals? Some 93% suggested by University of Bath researchers. The subsequent lack of food and fauna caused the continued demise of the larger creatures whilst smaller mammals were able to adapt more easily.

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