Palaeontologists uncover new Pachycephalosaurian dinosaur

Ian Randall | 21 April 2010

A new species of plant-eating dinosaur, which sports a grapefruit sized mass of bone on the top of its skull, has been uncovered in Texas’ Big Bend National Park. The find, which would have lived 70 to 80 million years ago, is reported in the latest issue of Cretaceous Research.

Time-averaged fossil communities may imply false stability

Ian Randall | 5 April 2010

The ecological information which can be gleaned from the fossil record is controlled by the processes of accumulation involved, according to a paper by the University of Chicago, which is to be published in the May issue of The American Naturalist.

The Palaeo Pad field trip to Brighton (continued)

Ian Randall | 4 April 2010

Well, the field trip was fun – not, perhaps, quite as we had planned it, mind – but it wasn’t without some amusement.

Echinoid find at Peacehaven beach

Ian Randall | 3 April 2010

We are on the beach, and have just made this fantastic echinoid find!

The Palaeo Pad field trip to Brighton

Ian Randall | 2 April 2010

For a little treat tomorrow, The Palaeo Pad shall be going on a little jaunt to Peacehaven, in East Sussex, on a fossil hunt.

Palaeontologists find early example of asexual reproduction

Ian Randall | 31 March 2010

A new species from the terminal Ediacaran, Cloudina carinata, has been discovered in Spain. The tubular fossil, described in a recent issue of the journal Precambrian Research, lived between 550 and 543 million years ago and was one of the first animals to leave behind evidence of reproduction.

Rare fossil annelid unearthed in downtown Ottawa

Ian Randall | 19 March 2010

One of the rarest fossils has been found in the most unexpected of locations – the capital city of Canada. Described in the current issue of Palaeontology, the 450 million year old specimen of the annelid machaeridian worm Plumulitids canadensis is one of only eight such finds in the world.