Oldest big cat fossil ever found. Four-million-year-old skull of relative of snow leopard fleshes out fossil record of big cats and challenges suppositions about how and where they evolved. A skull from the new species, named Panthera blytheae, was excavated and described by a team led by Jack Tseng – a PhD student at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the time of the discovery, and now a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York.
Fossilized Dinosaur eggs displayed at Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park, in Gandhinagar in the state of Gujarat, India. The park has been described as the second largest hatchery of dinosaur eggs in the world. The Park was set up by the Geological Survey of India. Dinosaur eggs are known from about 200 sites around the world - the oldest known (the Massospondylus) are from about 190 million years ago.
PYGMY MAMMOTH TOOTH Mammuthus primigenius Holocene Wrangel Island, Siberia The mammoths of Wrangel Island in the Arctic Circle developed a form of insular dwarfism resulting in creatures a fraction of the size of their mainland relatives. The upper grinding surface of the tooth is so extensive that it could not possibly come from a juvenile. With a terrific root section and warm gray, black and brown coloring, and measures 2 x 1 3/8 x 2¼ inches.
Fossilised tree discovered embedded in a quarry face above Bacup, Lancashire
The Burgess Shale in British Columbia contains very old (~550 million years ago), very rare fossils of very early organisms. This is Haplophrentis. The function of the pair of short spines is unknown but the creature was tiny, just a few centimeters in length (hint 2.5 cm = 1 inch, more or less).