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Old November 11th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #271

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Meet Xenoceratops: Canada's newest horned dinosaur
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Scientists have named a new species of horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) from Alberta, Canada. Xenoceratops foremostensis (Zee-NO-Sare-ah-tops) was identified from fossils originally collected in 1958. Approximately 20 feet long and weighing more than 2 tons, the newly identified plant-eating dinosaur represents the oldest known large-bodied horned dinosaur from Canada.
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Giant pterosaur needed cliffs, downward-sloping runways to taxi, awkwardly take off into air
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ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — It weighed about 155 pounds and had a 34-foot wingspan, close to the size of an F-16 fighter jet. A five-foot-long skull looked down from a standing height similar to that of a modern giraffe. By all measures, the ancient pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus was a Texas-sized giant of the air and created a frightening shadow as it soared across the sky.
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Michigan men find pieces of downed WWII-era plane
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CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Four men say they have unearthed pieces of a World War II-era fighter plane in a southeastern Michigan farm field.
Jim Clary, his brother, Ben, and two men from the Michigan Treasure Hunters used metal detectors to make the find Friday in St. Clair County's Casco Township just east of Richmond.
Jim Clary tells the Times Herald of Port Huron the recovered fragments are from a P-38D Lightning that was piloted by 2nd Lt. Al Voss, a native of Elgin, Ill., assigned to the 94th Pursuit Squadron stationed at Selfridge air base in Michigan.
Voss died in the October 1941 crash.
The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak reports the men uncovered several shards of the plane about 8 inches down in the dirt.
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Ancient Scythians were a genetic blend of Europeans and Asians, researchers find
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A group of researchers led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has discovered the first scientific evidence of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians in the remains of ancient Scythian warriors living over 2,000 years ago in the Altai region of Mongolia. Contrary to what was believed until now, the results published in PLoS ONE indicate that this blending was not due to an eastward migration of Europeans, but to a demographic expansion of local Central Asian populations, thanks to the technological improvements the Scythian culture brought with them.
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The Archaeology News Network: Neolithic houses unearthed in central Greece
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The site of Koutroula Magoula, near the villages of Vardali and Neo Monastiri in Fthiotida is one of the largest tell sites in Greece covering of area of around 4 hectares, and rising 6,6 meters above the plan.

It was occupied during the Middle Neolithic period (c. 5800-5300 BC) by a community of a few hundred people who constructed elaborate and architecturally sophisticated houses out of stone and mud-brick and with stone-paved under-floors.

Some walls are preserved more than one meter in height which is extremely unusual for this time, raising the possibility of entirely stone-built walls, and not just stone foundations, as has been hypothesized to date.
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Archaeologists discover human burials that signal the final phase of Pre-Hispanic period
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The finding of 47 human burials from the XVI century, in the recently opened Archaeological Zone of San Miguelito in Quintana Roo, reveal the last moments of the pre-hispanic era of this ancient Mayan settlement of the east coast, which was characterized by hunger and crisis, derivative of the Spanish campaigns of conquest and colonization of the XVI century.

These interments were discovered inside 11 housing buildings which were excavated by archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta). Thirty of these burials correspond to infants between the ages of three and six who died because of malnutrition and acute anemia.

The archaeologist Sandra Elizalde, who is responsible for the investigation project of this particular site (in the hotel zone of Cancun), reported that “the study indicates that there was a high infant mortality index, derived of the bad health conditions and malnutrition of a very impoverished population of the XVI century.”

The burials were discovered in different locations of this Mayan site of the Post-classic Era (1200 – 1550), as a result of the first archaeological explorations that have been done here since 2010.
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The specialists discovered fragments of mural paintings, with designs of fauna and marine elements. Photo: DMC INAH. M. MARAT.
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Unusual find saved just in time | ScienceNordic
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Archaeologists have known for a while of settlements with surrounding culture layers by the coasts of Horsens Fjord.
In 2008, Peter Astrup of Aarhus University noticed well-preserved bones and processed wooden objects on the seabed. These objects revealed layers that had been heavily degraded by the ocean waves.
Click the image to open in full size.Paddle from Horsens Fjord, as it was discovered on the seabed. (Photo: Jesper Frederiksen, Moesgård Museum)
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The specialists discovered fragments of mural paintings, with designs of fauna and marine elements. Photo: DMC INAH. M. MARAT.
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Mayan Bones Reveal Painful End : Discovery News
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Here's an article from the blog of one of the researchers who came up with this info. That site you linked to I'm a bit wary of though, probably because they have an article where they seem to (yet again) wildly misinterpret a 2012 reference.
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BBC News - Great whites 'not evolved from megashark'
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A new fossil discovery has helped quell 150 years of debate over the origin of great white sharks.
Carcharodon hubbelli, which has been described by US scientists, shows intermediate features between the present-day predators and smaller, prehistoric mako sharks.
The find supports the theory that great white sharks did not evolve from huge megatooth sharks.
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