Tag Archive for paleontology

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

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Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

Faked fossils are a real problem for researchers

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The Archaeology News Network: Counterfeit fossils undermine research projects. Fake fossils are duping scientists and museums, a senior paleontologist has warned, after a scholar was forced to retract a controversial essay that stated the cheetah originated in China. According to Li Chun, associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese…

Plant, animal or something in between? Amateur fossil finder consults experts with discovery.

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Mysterious ‘Monster’ Discovered by Amateur Paleontologist For 70 years, academic paleontologists have been assisted by a dedicated corps of amateurs known as the Dry Dredgers. Recently, one amateur found a very large and very mysterious fossil that has the professionals puzzled. Around 450 million years ago, shallow seas covered the Cincinnati region and harbored one…

Over the top speculation: We’ve discovered Cthulhu

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Kraken versus ichthyosaur: let battle commence : Nature First, it was the over-exaggerated claims of the Yeti in Russia. Now,a pair of scientists are really reaching, without any physical evidence, to say that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND (it gets better) that it was so intelligent that it had artistic abilities. The media has…