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11 AMAZING Fossil Discoveries von Epic Wildlife   3 years ago

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From the Dragon like creature found in China, to one of the best Fossil exhibits in the world, these are 11 AMAZING Fossil Discoveries!

Canadian Fish Fossils-- While digging a basement for a new home in Alberta Canada, Edgar Nernberg discovered five fish fossil specimens in nearly perfect condition were concealed in the sandstone. Researchers aid the fish fossil specimens were found in a block of sandstone in an approximate 60-million-year-old rock formation called the Paskapoo Formation underlying Calgary. A local paleontologist claimed that the ancient fossil fish have importance due to their being primitive representatives of a large group of bony fish of the modern era. While we didn’t get the exact species of these fossil fish, one key element to keep in mind is their age, estimated at 60 million years old. It’s ironic because Edgar Nernberg, the man who discovered them is actually on the board of directors for Big Valley’s Creation Science Museum … a creationist museum that believes the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

Dino Tail -- The five-yard long fossilized tail of a dinosaur was discovered by villagers in a Mexican desert in 2013. It was described as “unusually well preserved” and was the first ever dinosaur tail found in Mexico. The 72-million year old fossil tail belonged to a hadrosaur, known as duck-billed dinosaurs, due to the resemblance of their heads to that of modern ducks. Found in the Coahuila state, archaeologists found 50 vertebrae in the animal’s tail completely intact … and also found additional fossilized bones at the site, including one of the hadrosaur’s hips. Researchers believe the discovery could help better understand hydrosaurs, which were thought to range in size from 10 to 65 feet long, and lived during the later Cretaceous Period. Interesting that they only found the tail of this beast … makes you wonder what happened to the rest of it!

Think it could be a scene from Jurassic Park? Thousands of bird fossils from the dinosaur era were unearthed in northeast Burma in 2016. Close to 100 million years old, the fossils belong to ancestors of modern birds … despite the age, feathers of of the birds are perfectly preserved after millions of years in amber … and show no major deviation from the anatomical makeup of today’s birds. Overall, thousands of specimens of feathers were discovered, including tiny bird wings, measuring between two to three centimeters long. The huge haul of fossils was discovered in an area of Burma that has yielded thousands of specimens of scorpions, spiders, lizards, in addition to isolated feathers. It’s believed that this is the first time entire portions of birds have been discovered.

Dragon of Qijiang (k’jang) -- Construction workers in southern China discovered the fossils of a dinosaur the lived around 160 million years ago. The workers were digging in Qijiang City when they hit a row of large neck vertebrae that stretched out in the ground. Paleontologists reconstructing the skeleton claim that up to half of the animal’s 49-foot length is accounted for by the neck. Most sauropods, or long-necked dinosaurs had necks measuring only around one-third of their body length. While it’s hard to imagine the animal being able to even lift a neck that long, the animal had air pockets within the massive bones of its vertebrae … meaning that, despite it’s enormous size, the neck was relatively lightweight. Scientists think that fossils such as this may have given rise to the legend of serpent-like dragons that persist throughout China. The dinosaur was named Qijianglong (k’jang-long) … meaning, dragon of Qijiang.

In 2014, the North Sea yielded the skeleton of a wooly mammoth as a group of researchers trawled waters off the east coast of Rotterdam at depths of 100 feet. The area was a stretch of low-lying icy tundra some 40,000 years ago when the animal was alive … Researchers believe the animals used an ancient landmass known as Doggerland, a vast tundra that stretched between Europe and Britain. While scientists said it’s extremely rare to find skulls of mammoths and large bones on the seabed, it’s not uncommon to to find bones of extinct creatures by dredging. The mammoth’s skull was initially found in 2010 … and it’s thought the animal measured up to 11 feet tall. North Sea Fossils, the research company that found the mammoth, also found the bones of Irish elk, woolly rhinos, and the prehistoric skull of a European bison.

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