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- Fossils are arranged taxonomically and can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate fossil group.
- Fossils are found in deltaic sediments of the ancestral Colorado River.
- Fossils are found in sedimentary rock, asphalt deposits, and coal and sometimes in amber and certain other materials.
- Fossils are found in thin layers less than an inch thick.
- Fossils are not just beautiful objects to be placed on display, but every one tells a wonderful story.
- Paleontology is a field of biology but its development has been closely tied to geology and the effort to understand the history of Earth itself.
- Paleontology is a rich field, imbued with a long and interesting past and an even more intriguing and hopeful future.
- Paleontology is the branch of biology that studies the forms of life that existed in former geologic periods, chiefly by studying fossils.
- Paleontology is the investigation of life-forms from the distant past, primarily through the study of fossilized plants and animals.
- Paleontology is the study of ancient life, which means that it can include both the study of trace fossils and body fossils.
- Paleoanthropology is a fascinating subject where piecing together the skulls and artifacts allows us a peek into the history of mankind.
- Paleoanthropology is a little kid trying to answer big questions.
- Paleoanthropology is the study of early forms of humans and their primate ancestors.
- Paleoanthropology is the study of humankind and may even assess the Paleodiet on which humans subsisted.
- Humans are among more than 200 species of primates living on Earth today—one of the latest products of a long history of primate evolution.
- Humans are an example of a plantigrade species; and in humans the podials and metatarsals constitute the sole of the foot.
- Humans are hominids.
- Humans are hominins.
- Humans are synapsids as well and are the current dominant species on Earth.
- Mammals are animals that have hair, are warm-blooded, and nourish their young with milk.
- Mammals are amniotes, and synapsids.
- Mammals are saddled with bidirectional lungs that mix 'fresh' and 'stale' (carbon dioxide-laden) air.
- Mammals are some of the largest, strongest, fastest, and most intelligent species on the planet, including whales, elephants, cats, and apes.
- Mammals are vertebrates.
- Aepycamelus is an extinct species of camelid, formerly called Alticamelus in scientific literature.
- Aepycamelus is the new name of Alticamelus (meaning "tall camel").
- Aepycamelus was an early mammal.
- Aepycamelus was a very fast runner.
- Aepycamelus is the new name of Alticamelus, a prehistoric camel that lived from the middle through late Miocene.
- Afrotheria are believed to have originated in Africa at a time when the continent was isolated from other continents.
- Afrotheria is a clade of mammal s with the rank of cohort, that has been proposed based on DNA analysis.
- Afrotheria is a clade of mammals with the rank of cohort or superorder, that has been proposed based on DNA analysis.
- Ambulocetidae is a family of early cetacean s that still were able to walk on land.
- Ambulocetidae is a family of early cetaceans that could walk on land.
- Ambulocetidae is a family of early cetaceans that still were able to walk on land.
- Anaspida are possibly ancestral to living lampreys.
- Anaspida are similar to the Osteostraci and had unpaired fins.
- The Anaspida are stem gnathostomes.
- Anaspids are characterized by a large, tri-radiate spine (red) posteriorly to the series of branchial openings.
- Anaspids are classically regarded as close relatives or ancestors of lampreys.
- Anaspids were small (up to 15 cm in length).
- Anaspids were small marine agnathans that lacked scales and paired fins.
- Anchitherium is a fossil animal with three hoofs , a presumed predecessor of the horse.
- Anchitherium was an early Miocene form as large as a modern pony, which migrated from North America to Europe.
- Anchitherium was the largest of the horses at Thomas Farm, about the size of a modern donkey.
- Arsinoitherium is an extinct genus of paenungulate mammal related to elephants, and hyraxes ( Embrithopoda).
- Arsinoitherium is an extinct mammal genus of the superorder Paenungulata.
- Arsinoitherium was an early, rhinoceros-like mammal that lived during the early Oligocene (about 38 to 23 million years ago).
- Bennettitales is an order of plants in the anthophyte clade that first appeared in the Triassic period and became extinct toward the end of the Cretaceous.
- The Bennettitales were proposed as possible flowering plant ancestors because of their flower-like bisexual reproductive structures.
- Bisonalveus browni is an extinct mammal believed to be related to the modern pangolin.
- Bisonalveus browni is an extinct mammal, once believed to be related to the modern pangolin.
- Chippewaella patellitheca is a very primitive snail-like mollusc from the Late Cambrian.
- The first gastropods were exclusively marine, with the earliest representatives of the group appearing in the Late Cambrian ( Chippewaella, Strepsodiscus).
- Creodonts were considered ancestors to Carnivora, but are now considered to have shared a common ancestor further back.
- Creodonts are an extinct order of mammals that lived from the Paleocene to the Miocene epochs.
- Creodonts were an important group of carnivorous mammals from 55 to 35 million years ago in the ecosystems of Africa, Eurasia and North America.
- Creodonts were first described by paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope in 1877.
- Creodonts were not part of the order Carnivora, but they independently evolved carnivorous specializations in their teeth and limbs.
- Cycads are an ancient group of seed plants with a crown of large compound leaves and a stout trunk covered with scale-like leaves.
- Cycads are palm-like trees that live in warm climates.
- Cycads were a dominant vegetative type.
- Cycads were much more prominent in the forsts of the Mesozoic than they are today.
- The cycads were all dioecious (male and female plants) and had a distinctive trunk upon which grew 'fronds' composed of pinnate leaves.
- Entelodonts are an extinct, omnivorous group of mammals distantly related to modern pigs and other hoofed animals.
- Entelodonts were an extinct, omnivorous, group of mammals, distantly related to modern pigs and other non- ruminating artiodactyls.
- The Entelodonts were rather pig-like animals, with bulky bodies but short, slender legs, and long muzzles.
- The entelodonts are one of the more common fossil animals found in the Mongolian Hsanda Gol formation.
- Eozostrodon was about 42 inches (107 cm) long.
- Eozostrodon was a quadruped with short legs, a long, pointed snout, five-toed feet with claws, and a long, hairy tail (it looked like a modern-day shrew).
- Eozostrodon was one of the earliest mammal s.
- Eozostrodon was one of the earliest mammals.
- Eozostrodon was one of the first mammals, which lived during the Upper Triassic and the Lower Jurassic.
- Eusthenopteron is a member of a clade of extinct lobe- finned fishes called the Tristichopteridae.
- Eusthenopteron is a renowned Tristichopterid.
- Eusthenopteron was a carnivore (meat-eater) that had a three-pronged tail, an armored head, and a long body.
- Eusthenopteron was a genus of lobe-finned fish which has attained an iconic status from its close relationships to tetrapods.
- Eusthenopteron was first described by J. F. Whiteaves in 1881, as part of a large collection of fishes from Miguasha, Quebec.
- Extinction is a natural phenomenon; it is estimated that 99.9% of all species that have ever lived are now extinct.
- Extinction is the process in which groups of organisms (species) die out.
- Extinction is usually a natural phenomenon; it is estimated that more than 99.9% of all species that have ever lived are now extinct.
- Extinction was not always an established concept.
- The fish is the simplest vertebrate and was the first vertebrate to appear on Earth.
- The fish was plaster jacketed and brought back to the lab for preparation and cleaning.
- The fish was referred to as a "Living Fossil".
- The fish was the first animal to develop a jaw.
- Gomphotheres are browsing forms, related to elephants.
- Gomphotheres are extinct, but were the most widespread and diverse group of proboscideans.
- Gomphotheres are regarded as the ancestor to the genus Stegodon as well as mammoths and both the present living species of elephants.
- The gomphotheres were one of three distinct proboscidean lines established by the Miocene.
- Hadrocodium is a distant and extinct relative of living mammals such as the platypus, kangaroos and primates.
- Hadrocodium is a mammal species which lived during the Lower Jurassic in present-day China .
- Hadrocodium is the earliest known mammal with only a single jaw joint.
- Hadrocodium was an insectivore (insect-eater) that may have been nocturnal (most active at night).
- Hadrocodium was discovered in the famous Lufeng Basin in Y unnan Province, southwestern China.
- A hyaenodon is a Large creature instead of a Medium.
- Hyaenodon is a highly hypercarnivorous (almost exclusively meat eating) and cursorial predator (Morlo 1999).
- Hyaenodon was a long lived and wide spread group.
- Hyaenodon were very successful predators from a group known as Creodonts.
- The hyaenodon is a large hunter and scavenger of the Pleistocene era that resembles the modern hyena.
- Ichnology is the branch of paleontology dealing with the study of fossilized footprints, tracks and burrows.
- Ichnology is the branch of paleontology that deals with plant and animal traces.
- Ichnology is the branch of biology that deals with traces of organismal behavior.
- Ichnology is a branch of paleontology that has only recently begun to be tapped for its tremendous information content.
- Ichnology is the branch of paleontology that deals with traces of organismal behavior.
- Lystrosaurus is a common herbivore that survives the extinction event.
- Lystrosaurus is a common herbivore that survives the extinction.
- Lystrosaurus is a well-known dicynodont.
- Lystrosaurus is an important index fossil.
- Lystrosaurus was the most common synapsid shortly after the Permian-Triassic extinction event.
- Megazostrodon is one of the first mammals.
- Megazostrodon is the only well known genus of the family Megazostrodontidae.
- Megazostrodon is a good example of these early mammals .
- Megazostrodon is a good example.
- Megazostrodon was a small, furry, shrew -like animal between 10 and 12 cm long which probably ate insects and small lizards.
- The molars are 'triconodont-like' and suggest an inordinate fondness of beetles and other creepy-crawlies.
- The molars are sharply cusped like in bats, and have slightly reduced posterior heels on their molars.
- The molars are tricuspid.
- The molars were a little larger than in afarensis and much larger than modern human.
- The molars were essentially bunodont (with low, rounded cusps) and the premolars simple.
- Pelycosaurs are divided in to the suborders Eupelycosauria and Caseasauria.
- Pelycosaurs are not Therapsida but soon they gave rise to them.
- The pelycosaurs was the first animals to have temporal fenestra.
- The pelycosaurs was the first animals to have temporal fenestra.Pelycosaurs are not Therapsida but soon they gave rise to them.
- The pelycosaurs were early synapsids; later synapsids were the therapsids, cynodonts and dicynodonts (from the late Permian period), leading to the mammals.
- A Platybelodon is a large, extinct herbivorous mammal related to the elephant (order Proboscidea ).
- Platybelodon - A really strange elephant, from a simple two-piece mold.
- Platybelodon was 20 ft (6 m) long, 9 ft (2.8 m) tall at the shoulder and weighed about 4.5 tons (4 tonnes).
- Platybelodon was an early mammal.
- Platybelodon was an herbivore (plant-eater) that ate leaves.
- Plesiadapiformes is a clade related to Primates .
- Plesiadapiformes is an extinct order of mammals and are either closely related to the primates, or are the pre-cursor to them.
- Plesiadapiformes is an extinct order of mammals.
- The plesiadapiformes are an infraorder composed of six families and almost forty genera.
- Plesiadapis is one of the oldest known primate -like mammal species which existed about 60 mya in North America and Europe.
- Plesiadapis is one of the oldest known primate-like mammal species which existed about 60 mya in Asia, Africa and South America.
- Plesiadapis is one of the oldest known primates who lived 60 mya during the paleocene on europe and north america, it looked like the moderm squirrel .
- Plesiadapis was a mammal that lived from the late Paleocene and the early Eocene (roughly 65 million years ago).
- Plesiadapis was named by Gervais in 1877.
- Teeth are most often preserved as they are the hardest part of the skeleton and therefore most resistant to wear and breakage.
- Teeth are absent.
- Teeth are of three forms: coniform (cones), ramiform (bars), and pectiniform (platforms).
- Teeth were replaced by a toothless beak and changes in muscle structure allowed wings to flap.
- The teeth are small and have pointed cusps.
- Williamsonia is a fossil plant that thrived from the Triassic period through the Cretaceous period.
- Williamsonia is a fossil genus of Bennettitales, an extinct group of seed plants in the anthophyte clade.
- Williamsonia was a bennettitalean (a cycadeoidphyte, a primitive gymnosperm that resembled cycads but was not a cycad).
- Williamsonia was a bennettitalean (a cycadeoidphyte, primitive gymnosperm that resembled cycads but was not a cycad).
- The woolly rhinoceros are members of the Pleistocene megafauna.
- The woolly rhinoceros was an important animal of the Last Cold Stage fauna and had a slightly more southerly distribution than that of the mammoth.
- Woolly rhinoceros are clearly shown in cave paintings made by Neanderthals in southern France around 30,000 years ago.
- Woolly rhinoceros are clearly shown in the cave paintings of early humans.
- Acritarchs are known from 1400 million years ago, and had achieved considerable diversity 100 million years later.
- Acritarchs are known from 1400 Ma and had achieved considerable diversity by 1300 Ma.
- Acritarchs are small organic structures found as fossils.
- Since the Alvarez hypothesis was first proposed, the search for the "perpetrator" of the K-T extinction has been a thriving area of scientific research.
- The book does a good job, however, of debunking the pseudoscience and mystique of the Alvarez hypothesis.
- Fortunately for Jackie, Helen was less hostile to the Alvarez Hypothesis than most members of her profession.
- Amebelodon - The Shovel-tusker: Account of a new discovery.
- Amebelodon was a large herbivorous mammal.
- Antarctica is a frozen desert with little precipitation; the South Pole itself receives less than 10 centimeters (4 in) per year, on average.
- Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth.
- Antarctica is the southernmost continent and includes the South Pole.
- Astrapotherium is an extinct South American mammal which somewhat resembled modern elephants but with much smaller ears.
- The same timespan is split into Tommotian, Atdabanian and Botomian stages in East Asia and Siberia.
- The Atdabanian period of the Early Cambrian epoch lasted from ca 530 to ca 524 Mya.
- Atlantogenata is a mammal clade containing the cohorts or super-orders Xenarthra , Afrotheria and Meridiungulata .
- Baragwanathia longifolia is an Australian lycopsid.
- The Bennettites are very similar to Cycads, and were widely spread across the planet between the early Triassic to late Cretaceous (248-140Ma).
- Carpolestes simpsoni is an extinct species of Plesiadapiformes, which are the earliest primate -like mammals appearing in the fossil record.
* Cheek Teeth
* Compression Fossil
* Dwarf Elephant
* Ediacaran Fossils
* Elvis Taxon
* Lazarus Taxon
* Marsupial Lion
* Middle Jurassic
* Miocene Epoch
* Smilodon Californicus
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