Fossil Friday: earliest known millipede found in piece of Burmese amber

It’s nearly 100 million years old.

Fossil Friday: newly-discovered Callichimaera perplexa is an adorable, weird crab

How is it possible for something with those eyes to ever go extinct? How? Why?!

Fossil Friday: new study says Texas used to be a ‘veritable Serengeti’ 11 to 12 million years ago

If you like cool photos of fossils, we’ve got just the paper for you!

Fossil Friday: the earliest known shells from 809 million years ago

Shifting ocean chemistry and predatory pressure made organisms bunker up for the first time.

Fossil Friday: the bug inside the lizard inside the snake

Always go for a meal before you fossilize.

Fossil Friday: C. Megalodon, the true Jaws

The biggest fish in the pond.

Fossil Friday: Sciurumimus albersdoerferi, the single-fossil theropod

There’s only one fossil of this dinosaur that we ever found — and you’re looking at it.

Fossil friday: Platycrinus saffordi, the sea lily

Though they’re known as sea lilies, crinoids are animals not plants. Think of them as starfish-on-a-stick: they are filter-feeding sea floor echinoderms, and relatively common as fossils go. Crinoids as a group aren’t extinct, but are relatively uncommon in modern oceans.

Fossil Friday: Zaphrentis phrygia

Kinda looks like the Sarlacc, doesn’t it? Well take your geek hat off cause it isn’t a sarlacc. Now put your paleontology geek hats on because this is Fossil Friday and we’re talking about Zaphrentis phrygia.

Fossil Friday: Dicranurus monstrosus

When a species almost one hundred times bigger than you, who has access to nukes and can go to space, discovers your remains a few million years after you die and still decides to call you “monstrosus” you must be doing something very right survival-wise.

Fossil Friday: Helicoprion

Helicoprion is an extinct genus of shark-like, cartilaginous fish that lived from the early Permian (~290 m.y. ago) all through to the massive Permian-Triassic extinction episode (roughly 250 m.y. ago.)

Friday Round-up

Because of insufficient time and man power (if you want to help, just look at the banner in the right), we can’t tackle all the topics; but there’s so much going on in the world right now, something just had to be done. So I’m going to start this weekly round-up, in which I’ll just give you some more headlines