WebSightings from 2019
A wealth of articles and news reports of interest to MGS members appears
on the web every day. As a service to our membership and others interested in paleontology and geology, links to some
of these articles and news reports appearing in 2019 will be gathered here. On occasion, a particularly
interesting post from a blog will be included.
These links are arranged by publication date, with the latest at the top.
WebSightings from 2018 can be accessed here.
If you find any dead links, please email the . Thanks.
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- Ancient Fossils Reveal Fresh Clues
About Early Life on Earth, Kristin Strommer, University of Oregon, Phys.Org, October 10, 2019.
A Diamond With a Whole Other Diamond Inside It Was Discovered in Siberia, Michelle Starr, Science Alert, October 9, 2019.
Fossilised Partial Skeleton of New Flying Reptile Species Found in Queensland, Ben Smee, The Guardian, October 3, 2019.
- 'Biggest Shark of All
Time' Gets Downsized, Riley Black, Laelaps blog, Scientific American, October 2, 2019.
- First Skeletal Remains of
Phoebodus Found in Morocco, Bob Yirka, Phys.Org, October 2, 2019.
- Fish Story for the Ages: High
Schooler Unearths Rare Fossil, University of Chicago, Phys.Org, September 30, 2019.
- 'Smoking Gun' Evidence Dates Some of Earth's
Earliest Life to 3.5 Billion Years Ago, Mindy Weisberger, LiveScience, September 30, 2019.
T. rex Bite Could Have Crushed a Car. Here's How., National Geographic, September 25, 2019.
- Triassic Crocodile Cousins
Preyed on Plant-Eating Dinosaurs, Sci News, September 24, 2019.
- Ammonite Fossils
in St. Ignazio Church - Rome, Kentuckiana Mike, Louisville Fossils blog, September 23, 2019.
Rocks at Asteroid Impact Site Record First Day of Dinosaur Extinction, UT News, University of Texas at Austin. September 9, 2019.
- Ancient Worm Fossil Rolls Back
Origins of Animal Life,Colin Barras, Nature, September 4, 2019.
- T. Rex Had an Air Conditioner in its Head,
Study Suggests, Science Daily, September 4, 2019.
- Were Pterosaurs
the Flamingos of the Jurassic?, Jon Tennant, PLOS Paleo Community Blog, September 2, 2019.
- Old Dinosaur
Turns into Something New, Brian Switek, Laelaps blog, Scientific American, August 15, 2019.
Unveil Shovel-Billed Dinosaur, Brian Switek, Laelaps blog, Scientific American, August 8, 2019.
- Ancient Parrot in New Zealand Was 1M Tall, Study
Says, BBC News, August 7, 2019.
Saber-Tooth Surprise: Fossils Redraw Picture of the Fearsome Big Cat, John Pickrell, National Geographic, August 5, 2019.
- How Did the Turtle
Get Its Shell?, Jon Tennant, PLOS Paleo Community, July 30, 2019.
- 10 Amazing Fossils
Found in the Sahara Desert, Erich Soders, Listverse, July 30, 2019.
- A Voracious Cambrian
Predator, Cambroraster, Is a New Species from the Burgess Shale, Royal Ontario Museum, Phys.Org, July 30, 2019.
- Mammals' Weird Way of Swallowing Is at Least
165 Million Years Old, Katherine J. Wu, NOVA, July 18, 2019.
- 310-Million-Year-Old Fossils
to Reveal Ancient Animals, Hillary Maddin, The Conversation, as reproduced in Phys.Org, July 17, 2019.
the Best Dinosaur Fossil Ever Discovered. So Why Had Hardly Anyone Seen It?, Phillip Pantuso, The Guardian, July 17, 2019.
- Sahara Was
Home to Some of Largest Sea Creatures, Study Finds, Ruth Maclean, The Guardian, July 12, 2019.
Are Dinosaur Fossils 'Minerals'? The Montana Supreme Court Will Decide High Stakes Case, Jeremy P. Jacobs, Science, July 10, 2019.
- Long-Toed Bird
Preserved in Amber for 99 Million Years, Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, July 11, 2019.
Veggie Surprise: Teeth of Ancient Crocs Reveal That Some Very Likely Ate Plants, Merrit Kennedy, NPR Science, June 27, 2019.
- Plate Tectonics May Have Driven
'Cambrian Explosion', Science Daily, June 19, 2019.
Fossil Feather Probably Didn't Belong to Archaeopteryx, Brian Switek, Laelaps blog, Scientific American, June 19, 2019.
- Fossil Find is First Evidence of
Arctic Hyenas, Gemma Tarlach, Discover, Dead Things blog, June 18, 2019.
- Catching a Whiff of
T. Rex's Sense of Smell, Gemma Tarlach, Discover, Dead Things blog, June 11, 2019.
- New Herbivorous Dinosaur
Species Identified in Australia: Fostoria dhimbangunmal, Sci News, June 7, 2019.
- Trilobite Compound Eyes With Crystalline Cones and
Rhabdoms Show Mandibulate Affinities, Gerhard Scholtz, et al., Nature Communications, PDF can be downloaded, June 7, 2019.
Tell-Tale Clue to How Meteorites Were Made, at the Birth of the Solar System, William Herbst and James Greenwood, The
Conversation, June 6, 2019.
52-Million-Year-Old Fossils Suggest Oaks Evolved in the South, Adam Vaughn, New Scientist, June 6, 2019.
The 'Great Dying' Nearly Erased Life on Earth. Scientists See Similarities to Today, Christopher Joyce, NPR Science, June 4, 2019.
- Rare Fossils Provide More Detailed
Picture of Biodiversity During Middle Ordovician, Phys.Org, June 4, 2019.
As a Kid, Matthew Carrano Was Obsessed With Dinosaurs. Now He's One of the World's Experts., Peggy McGlone, Washington Post,
May 31, 2019.
Paleontologists Find Fossilized Dandruff of Feathered Dinosaurs, Paleontology World, May 30, 2019.
- Two T. rex Little Cousins Discovered,
Enrico de Lazaro, Sci News, May 29, 2019.
Were Top Predators in Thailand 100 Million Years Ago, Jon Tennant, PLOS Paleo Community, May 28, 2019.
Fossil Captures Hundreds of Fish Swimming as One, Nature Research Highlights, May 28, 2019.
The Smithsonian's Renewed Fossil Hall Sends a Forceful Message About Climate Change, Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, May 26, 2019.
in Burmese Amber Offer an Exquisite View of Dinosaur Times - and an Ethical Minefield, Joshua Sokol, Science, May 23, 2019.
I'm an Evolutionary Biologist - Here's Why This Ancient Fungal Fossil Discovery Is So Revealing, Antonis Rokas, The Conversation,
May 22, 2019.
- Billion-Year-Old Fossils Set Back Evolution of
Earliest Fungi, Heidi Ledford, Nature, May 22, 2019.
- Museum Volunteers Discover New
Species of Extinct Heron at North Florida Fossil Site, Halle Marchese, Phys.Org, May 17, 2019.
- Newly Discovered Fossil Footprints
Force Paleontologists to Rethink Ancient Desert Inhabitants, Vincent L. Santucci, Phys.Org, May 16, 2019.
- Archaeopteryx Gets Company, Ludwig
Maximilian, Phys.Org, May 14, 2019.
- 99-Million-Year-Old Ammonite
Found in Burmese Amber, Natali Anderson, SciNews, May 14, 2019.
Rare Fossil Frog Sheds Light on a Gap in Arizona Geologic Record, Peter Gong, The Fairfield Sun Times, May 13, 2019.
- Car-Size 'Sea Monster'
Terrorized Triassic Oceans, Laura Geggel, Live Science, May 11, 2019.
- Tiny Jurassic Dinosaur Had
Membranous Wings, Enrico de Lazaro, SciNews, May 9, 2019.
- Tiny Millipede From Cretaceous
Period Found in Burmese Amber, Sci News, May 6, 2019.
Tech Paleontologist Finds, Names New 3-Foot Tall Relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech, May 6, 2019.
- Diamonds Reveal How Continents Are
Stabilized, Key to Earth's Habitability, Science Daily, April 25, 2019.
Unearth 220 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossils in Argentina, Phys.Org, April 18, 2019.
- These Beetles Have
Successfully Freeloaded for 100 Million Years, Lori Dajose, Phys.Org, April 17, 2019.
- Rhinos, Gomphotheres, Camels,
Horses, Antelopes and Alligators Lived in Ancient 'Texas Serengeti', Sci News, April 17, 2019.
- Baby Tyrannosaur's
eBay Auction Sparks Outrage, Colin Barras, Science, April 15, 2019.
- New Evidence Suggests Volcanoes Caused
Biggest Mass Extinction Ever, Science Daily, April 15, 2019.
- New Species of Early Human Found in
Philippines, Australian National University, Phys.Org, April 10, 2019.
- 'Cthulhu' Fossil Reconstruction Reveals
Monstrous Relative of Modern Sea Cucumbers, Science Daily, April 9, 2019.
- Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Skin
Found in Korea, Phys.Org, April 9, 2019.
of Ancient Four-Legged Whale With Hooves Discovered, Hannah Devlin, The Guardian, April 4, 2019.
of Africa: A New Hypothesis for the World's Biggest Ever Dinosaurs, Jon Tennant, PLOS Paleo Community blog, April 4, 2019.
Astonishment, Skepticism Greet Fossils Claimed to Record Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact, Colin Barras, Science, April 1, 2019.
Fossils Show Worldwide Catastrophe on the Day the Dinosaurs Died, Ben Guarino, Washington Post, March 29, 2019.
- The Day the Dinosaurs Died,
Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, April 8, 2019 issue.
- Is "Scotty" the Biggest
T. rex? Maybe Not., Brian Switek, Laelaps blog, Scientific American, March 27, 2019.
Surprise! An Interview With Alton Dooley, Andrew Farke, PLOS Blogs, March 27, 2019.
- Scientists to Dig Jurassic
Site in Wyoming This Summer, Mead Gruver, Phys.Org, March 26, 2019.
- Cool Earth Theory
Sheds More Light on Diamonds, Geology Page, March 26, 2019.
- Deep Time Tracking Devices:
Fossil Barnacles Reveal Prehistoric Whale Migrations, Science Daily, March 25, 2019.
- Paleontologists Report
World's Biggest Tyrannosaurus rex, Phys.Org, March 22, 2019.
Treasure Trove of Ancient Animals Unearthed in China, Brian Switek, Smithsonian Magazine, March 21, 2019.
- An Early Cretaceous Enantiornithine (Aves)
Preserving an Unlaid Egg and Probable Medullary Bone, Alida M. Bailleul, et al., Nature, March 20, 2019.
There Are More Dinosaurs To Discover From the Time of T. rex, Brian Switek, Laelaps blog, Scientific American,
March 13, 2019.
What Are the Minerals and Gems That Are Found in the Sedimentary Rocks?, Geology Page, March 11, 2019.
What Are the Minerals and Gems That Are Found in the Metamorphic Rocks?, Geology Page, March 11, 2019.
What Are the Minerals and Gems That Are Found in the Igneous Rocks?, Geology Page, March 11, 2019.
Dinosaurs Have Died Without an Asteroid Strike? Here's The Science, Michael Greshko, National Geographic, March 6, 2019.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex: The
Once and Future King, James Gorman, The New York Times, March 4, 2019.
- How Megalodon's Teeth Evolved
into the 'Ultimate Cutting Tools", Natalie Van Hoose, Phys.Org, March 4, 2019.
- A Small
Plesiosaur Lived in Spain 125 Million Years Ago, Geology Page, March 3, 2019.
- Ancient Plants Escaped the End-Permian
Mass Extinction, Robert A. Gastaldo, Nature, March 1, 2019.
- Ancient Tusked
Sea Cow Unearthed in Panama, Sci News, March 1, 2019.
- Modern Connections
for the Ancient Sharks of Madagascar, Andrew Farke, PLOS Paleo Community, February 27, 2019.
Into Earth's Interior Helps Scientists Unravel Secrets of Diamond Formation, Geology Page, February 24, 2019.
- This Goat-Size
T. rex Cousin Could Reveal How The Famed Dino Got So Big, Gretchen Vogel, Science, February 21, 2019.
- Marsupial Lived Among
Arctic Dinosaurs, Geology Page, February 19, 2019.
- Giant 'Megalodon' Shark Extinct
Earlier Than Previously Thought, Phys.Org, full PDF of article is provided in next entry, February 13 2019.
- The Early Pliocene Extinction of the Mega-Toothed Shark
Otodus megalodon: A View from the Eastern North Pacific, Robert W. Boessenecker et al., PeerJ, this link
provides the full PDF of the research article, February 13, 2019.
- Meet Mnyamawamtuka: The New
Tanzanian Titanosaur, Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, February 13, 2019.
- Ancient Spider Fossils,
Surprisingly Preserved in Rock, Reveal Reflective Eyes, Phys.Org, February 12, 2019.
- Discovery of the Oldest Evidence
of Mobility on Earth, Science Daily, February 11, 2019.
- Earliest Known Seed-Eating
Perching Bird Discovered in Fossil Lake, Wyoming, Phys.Org, February 7, 2019.
- 'Oldest' Case of Bone Cancer Is Diagnosed in
a 240-Million-Year-Old Shell-Less Turtle, Yasemin Saplakoglu, Live Science, February 7, 2019.
- Gideon Mantell:
Forgotten Man Who Discovered The Dinosaurs, Rob Walker, The Guardian, February 3, 2019.
- The 210-Million-Year-
Old Smok Was Crushing Bones Like a Hyena, Geology Page, February 2, 2019.
and Died: Earth's Largest Extinction Likely Took Plants First, Scott Schrage, Nebraska News, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, January 31, 2019.
- Dinosaur Relative Antarctanax Lived in
Antarctica After Biggest Mass Exinction, Gemma Tarlach, Discovery, January 31, 2019.
- Fossil Bird
Soared Above Utah's Dinosaurs, Brian Switek, Laelaps blog, Scientific American, January 31, 2019.
- The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy, Callan Bentley, Mountain
Beltway blog, January 29, 2019.
- Early Triassic
Marine Reptile Had Platypus-Like Bill, Sci News, January 25, 2019.
- Fossil Shark Teeth Discovered
in Leftover Rock That Contained SUE the T. Rex, EurekaAlert, January 21, 2019.
- Opal-Filled Fossils Reveal
Timid, Dog-Sized Dinosaur That Lived Down Under, Laura Geggel, Live Science, January 17, 2019.
Scientists Sue to Protect Utah Monument - And Fossils That Could Rewrite Earth's History, April Reese, Science, January 17, 2019.
- Watch: Robot Reveals How Ancient Reptile Ancestor
Moved, Noah Baker, Nature, January 16, 2019.
of Trilobite Ancestral Range in the Southern Hemisphere, Phys.Org, January 10, 2019.
- Huge Archaic
Whale Was Top Predator in Eocene Oceans, SciNews, January 10, 2019.
- Geology of the
Galapagos Islands, Callan Bentley, Mountain Beltway blog, January 8, 2019.
- Thin Layers of Sediment Point to Early
Arrival of Life on Land, Kristin Strommer, Phys.Org, January 8, 2019.
- Medical Scanner Helps to Unlock the
Mysteries of a Giant Prehistoric Marine Reptile, Science Daily, January 8, 2019.
- Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid
Triggered Mile-High Tsunami That Spread Through Earth's Oceans, Laura Geggel, LiveScience, January 7, 2019.
- An Elephant-Sized Late Triassic Synapsid with Erect
Limbs, Tomasz Sulej and Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki, Science, January 4, 2019.
Rare Dinosaur Fossils Crown Major Smithsonian Makeover, David Smith, The Guardian, January 1, 2019.