Parapuzosia seppenradensis, the largest ammonite in the world, measures up to 1.74 meters in diameter. Worldwide, there are only a few fossil findings of this already extinct cephalopod species from the Late Cretaceous (100-66 million years ago).
Evolution of Deer: Regular Antler Cycle is Older Than Previously Thought
A new study provides insight into the early evolution of the antler cycle in deer (Cervidae). The structure of the antler tissues of the oldest known fossil deer (about 12 to 18 million years old) was strikingly similar to those of deer living today.
Sponges are filter feeders that live on particulate matter – but they can also ingest microscopic fragments of plastics and other pollutants of anthropogenic origin. They can therefore serve as useful bioindicators of the health of marine ecosystems.
Researchers at the Bavarian State Collection of Paleontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) and LMU Munich describe a hitherto unknown bird from the late Jurassic period. It is the second bird capable of flight, after the famous Archaeopteryx, to be identified from this era.