This 12,400-year-old puppy may be brought back to life using cloning

Well-preserved remains of a 12,400-year-old puppy from the extinct Pleistocene canid species have been discovered near the Tumat village in the Sakha Republic of Russia. Scientists believe the puppy was an ancient pet — one of man’s first best friends. How they plan to bring the animal back to life.

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The “dinosaur bones” that you see on display at the Museum aren’t really bones at all. Through the process of fossilization, ancient animal bones are turned into rock. 

Most ancient animals never became fossils. Their carcasses were likely consumed by other organisms, or worn away by wind or water. But sometimes the conditions were right and their remains were preserved. The most common process of fossilization happens when an animal is buried by sediment, such as sand or silt, shortly after it dies. Its bones are protected from rotting by layers of sediment. As its body decomposes all the fleshy parts wear away and only the hard parts, like bones, teeth, and horns, are left behind. Over millions of years, water in the nearby rocks surrounds these hard parts, and minerals in the water replace them, bit by bit. When the minerals have completely replaced the organic tissue, what’s left is a solid rock copy of the original specimen.

Learn more on the Museum’s Dinosaur website

Extinct goat was cold-blooded
An extinct goat that lived on a barren Mediterranean island survived for millions of years by reducing in size and by becoming cold-blooded, which has never before been discovered in mammals.

Research reveals that Myotragus balearicus survived the island’s scarce resources by adjusting its growth rate and metabolism to suit the available food, becoming cold-blooded like reptiles.

3-D printed. Metal. Trilobite.

For once I’m almost speechless. This apparently exists. Dr. Allan Drummond, from the University of Chicago, is 3-D printing fossils. Such as Trilobites. Out of metal.

Without saying more, something tells me that Dr. Drummond has just fully funded his lab. For the next 3 years.


Image credit: Dr. Allan Drummond/Nerdist/The FossilForum


It’s like gravity is not even a thing for them.

An Octopus Painted With 95-Million-Year-Old Ink
Dutch wildlife artist Esther van Hulsen was recently given an assignment unlike her typical drawings of birds and mammals from life—a chance to draw a prehistoric octopus 95 million years after its death.

Artists Esther van Hulsen illustrated an extinct octopus using ink extracted from a 95-million-year-old fossil.

25" Fossil Xiphactinus Skull - Terror Of The Inland Seaway

83 million years ago the fearsome, predatory fish Xiphactinus audax terrorized the inland seaways of what is now Kansas. Reaching sizes of up to 15-20 feet long this veracious predatory, resembled a gargantuan, fanged tarpon.

This is a real, 25" long fossil skull of Xiphactinus audax collected from the Smoky Hills Chalk of Gove County, Kansas. The lower jaw measures 9.5" long and the entire fish would have been 9-10 feet in length. The skull has excellent depth and relief against the matrix. There are a total of 29 real teeth, most in excellent condition, plus 5 articulated vertebrae. The largest tooth is 1 ½" long. The cranial crest is present and articulated. Several ribs and five articulated cervical vertebrae are present. 

Details at: https://www.fossilera.com/fossils/25-fossil-xiphactinus-skull-cretaceous-terror-fish


Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park in Nebraska, where a number of mammal fossils are buried and entombed by ash from a volcanic eruption. 

Paleontologists discover fossils indicating that 'terrifying' unicorns might have actually existed
Unicorns might have actually walked the earth with humans, according to new fossils discovered and reported in the American Journal of Applied Sciences. The so-called "Siberian unicorn" fossils discovered in Kazakhstan are 29,000 years old; the first Homo sapiens evolved nearly 200,000 years ago, according to scientists.