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2009-06-06 – Serbia: ritrovato scheletro di mammuth (Mammoth skeleton)

Serbia’s Million-Year-Old Mammoth Skeleton

Local media reported on Wednesday that a finely preserved skeleton of a mammoth believed to be around one million years old was uncovered near an archaeological site in eastern Serbia, AFP reported.

An archeologist works on a recently unearthed skeleton of a mammoth at the open pit coal mine in Kostolac, some 95 km east of Belgrade, Thursday, June 4, 2009. A skeleton of a so-called southern mammoth or mammuthus meridionalis, originating from northern Africa believed to be about one million years old has been unearthed in eastern Serbia. The mammoth was more than 4 meters (13 feet) high, 5 meters (16 feet) long and weighed more than 10 tons, Miomir Korac from the Archaeology Institute says. Another mammoth skeleton, from a much later period, was discovered at a factory in Serbia in 1996 and was named Kika. (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)

An archeologist works on a recently unearthed skeleton of a mammoth at the open pit coal mine in Kostolac, some 95 km east of Belgrade, Thursday, June 4, 2009. A skeleton of a so-called southern mammoth or mammuthus meridionalis, originating from northern Africa believed to be about one million years old has been unearthed in eastern Serbia. The mammoth was more than 4 meters (13 feet) high, 5 meters (16 feet) long and weighed more than 10 tons, Miomir Korac from the Archaeology Institute says. Another mammoth skeleton, from a much later period, was discovered at a factory in Serbia in 1996 and was named Kika. (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)

Archaeologist Miomir Korac said the skeleton was uncovered during ongoing excavations of the site at Viminacium, a Roman military settlement on the Danube river.

“The skeleton is extremely well preserved, with only a slightly damaged skull,” said Zoran Markovic of Serbia’s Nature museum.

Markovic told B92 television the skeleton is believed to be about one million years old, based on the layers of the grounds where it was uncovered.

The mammoth was estimated to be over 13 feet and possibly weighing up to 10 tons, according to experts.

B92 reported that the animal could have died near the Danube on its way from northern Africa and to southern Europe.

Fossil remains of a mammoth were found near the northern Serbian town Kikinda in 1996. The half a million year old mammoth was named Kika and soon became a tourist attraction.

Local authorities will organize a “Mammoth fest” on September 6 to celebrate “Kika’s 12th birthday,” according to its Website www.kika-mamut.com.

Source: redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports

giugno 6, 2009 Posted by | - Mammiferi, 2 Pleistocene, An. Vertebrates, Europa, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia | , , , , | Lascia un commento

2009-04-28 – Chongqing, China: “China’s Prehistoric Animal Fossil Exhibition”

Prehistoric “dinosaur”, “mammoth” fossils displayed in Chongqing 

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www.chinaview.cn 2009-04-27 21:49:04

BEIJING, April 27 — A herd of animals led by two “mammoths” and nine “dinosaurs” are causing a stir in the central Chinese city of Chongqing.

    “China’s Prehistoric Animal Fossil Exhibition” is underway at the city’s Liberation Monument Square. More than 30 precious artifacts are on display.

    The show features relics from well-known museums in 8 provinces and cities. Many of the fossils are considered national treasures and date between the Jurassic and the Quatenary periods 190 million years ago.Among the highlights are the bones of nine dinosaurs and a well-preserved woolly mammoth skeleton. Researchers estimate the 2-and-a-half-meter-tall mammoth is about three million years old. A nearby mechanical replica mimics the movements and sound of the real thing.This exhibition runs until May 24th.

    Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Chongqing.

    (Source: XHTV)

 
Editor: Bi Mingxin

aprile 28, 2009 Posted by | - Mammiferi, - R. Dinosauri, An. Vertebrates, Asia, Mostre & Fiere, Paleontology / Paleontologia, Places | , , , , , , , , , , | Lascia un commento

2009-04-26 – Lyuba, tha baby Mammoth, on NG channel

 

Meet Lyuba, the most perfectly preserved mammoth ever found. This baby, frozen for 40,000 years, will yield new information about life in the Ice Age. Don’t miss the television event on NGC Sunday, April 26 at 9 p.m.

 

 

In USA: SUN APR 26 9P (link)

In UK: SUN MAY 3 AT 8PM (link)

aprile 26, 2009 Posted by | - Mammiferi, An. Vertebrates, Cenozoic, Europa, Paleontology / Paleontologia, TV | , , , | 1 commento

2009-02-18 – Los Angeles, Usa: trovato scheletro di Mammuth (Mammoth)

Paleontologia: Usa, scheletro mammuth trovato a Los Angeles

(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, 18 feb – Lo scheletro quasi completo di mammuth risalente tra i 10mila e i 40mila anni fa e´ stato trovato nel sottosuolo di Los Angeles.A scoprirlo sono stati gli operai che stavano lavorando alla costruzione di alcuni garage sotterranei. ´Entusiasmante´ e´ stata definita da archeologi e paleontologi la scoperta. Assieme allo scheletro di mammuth, ribattezzato ´Zed´, sono stati trovati fossili ben conservati di tartarughe, serpenti, tronchi d´albero, pesci e altre specie.
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CharlotteObserver.com

A rare prehistoric mammoth fossil found in Los Angeles
WCBD – 8 ore fa
They call him “Zed,“ a nearly intact mammoth just discovered among a rare new prehistoric find at the world famous La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles.
Nearly intact mammoth skeleton a rare find CNN International
New, Amazing Fossil Finds @ La Brea Tar Pits KNX1070
RedOrbit – Associated Content – Science Daily (press release) – The Associated Press
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febbraio 18, 2009 Posted by | - Mammiferi, America Northern, An. Vertebrates, Cenozoic, Curiosità, Lang. - Italiano, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia | , , , | Lascia un commento

2008-10-17: La verità sui molari di mammuth ritrovati dopo l’urgano Ike (Mammoth)

Si è scoperto che i molari di mammuth ritrovati qualche settimana fa dopo il passaggio dell uragano Ike provengono dalla collezione di uno studioso che tornato dall’evaquazione ha soperto di essere stato “rapinato dall’uragano” !!!

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2008-10-02 – Uragano Ike scopre resti dell’era glaciale in Texas, USA (Mammoth, Ice Age – Mammuth)

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More to story of mammoth fossil found after Ike

By DIANA HEIDGERD Associated Press Writer © 2008 The Associated Press

Oct. 16, 2008, 4:35PM

An elephant expert whose Texas beach home was destroyed by Hurricane Ike is putting his collection back together — one tooth at a time.

Roy Davis evacuated his Bolivar Peninsula home on Sept. 11, two days before Ike slammed the Texas coast.

Davis, 57, said Thursday that among the items scattered out of his one-bedroom house were prized animal keepsakes from his years working at zoos.

“I probably had 30 pieces of modern-day elephants, they shed their teeth, they wear them down,” Davis said.

Two treasured elephant teeth have now been returned to Davis, after media reports about what appeared to be an unusual fossil find on the beach.

Davis says he lived a couple of doors down from Lamar University educator Dorothy Sisk, whose house in the community of Caplen also was destroyed by Ike.

Sisk and a Lamar colleague, paleontologist Jim Westgate, went to the area a few days after the Sept. 13 hurricane to see what was left of her place.

They came upon a 6-pound tooth that Westgate recognized as a fossil from a mammoth common to North America until around 10,000 years ago.

The second tooth, from an African elephant, was discovered Oct. 4 on the beach by a reporter doing a story on the original find.

Eventually, the teeth made it back to Davis after media accounts surfaced about a fossil possibly washing ashore.

Davis, superintendent of Lake Houston Park, is making his interim home in a travel trailer since Ike.

Davis has had the mammoth’s tooth since the mid-1980s when it turned up at a construction site in Tyler. At the time Davis was head elephant trainer at Caldwell Zoo.

Davis, a Moore, Okla., native, says the African elephant tooth came from when he was working at the Oklahoma City Zoo. An elephant named Timboo died in the 1970s.

“Since I was the only one that could handle the animal at the time, they gave it to me as a remembrance of the elephant,” he said.

As for the rest of his elephant items?

“They’re still somewhere on the beach down there,” Davis said. “None have shown up yet. They may. If they don’t, they turn up 10-15 years from now.”

Westgate was glad to return the mammoth fossil to Davis.

“All the houses in Caplen are no longer there. It’s kind of neat that he got something back after that total loss,” said Westgate.

source: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6062774.html

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2008-10-02 – Uragano Ike scopre resti dell’era glaciale in Texas, USA (Mammoth, Ice Age – Mammuth)

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Other links:

AT A GLANCE AFTER IKE
Dallas Morning News – 9 ore fa
AP An elephant expert whose Texas beach home was destroyed by Hurricane Ike is putting his collection back together – one tooth at a time.
More to the story of mammoth fossil found after Ike
KDBC – 22 ore fa
AP – October 16, 2008 2:35 PM ET HOUSTON (AP) – An elephant expert whose Texas beach home was destroyed by Hurricane Ike is putting his life back together
Mammoth fossil found after Ike returned to owner
The Associated Press – 6 ore fa
DALLAS (AP) — An elephant expert whose beach house on the Texas Gulf Coast was destroyed by Hurricane Ike is putting his collection back together — one
Bolivar man says his elephant keepsakes will wash up
Houston Chronicle – 21 ore fa
By DIANA HEIDGERD AP Brian Sattler AP Jim Westgate, a Lamar University paleontologist, displays a fossil mammoth tooth that he found on the Bolivar
 

 

 

 

ottobre 17, 2008 Posted by | - Ice Age, - Mammiferi, 1 Olocene b, America Northern, Curiosità, Italiano (riassunto), P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia | , , , , , , | Lascia un commento

2008-10-09 – Nuovi paleo-video dai Blogs (Videos, 3D reconstructions, crazy Paleontologists)

Sui blog, da poco pubblicati nuovi video:

Blog GER – Fossilien-news

       (Two videos with 3d reconstruction of: Panthera leo spelaea and Megantereon)

Blog ENG – Palaeoblog 

      (crazy Paleontologist of Phil Currie’s Labs filmed by one of the grad students, Miriam Reichel)

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ottobre 9, 2008 Posted by | - Mammiferi, Curiosità, Paleontology / Paleontologia, Video | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Lascia un commento

2008-10-02 – Uragano Ike scopre resti dell’era glaciale in Texas, USA (Mammoth, Ice Age – Mammuth)

Hurricane Ike yields ice-age discovery

10/2/2008

 

 

When Lamar University professor Dorothy Sisk returned to her beachfront home in Caplen, she knew there would be little left.  Instead, she was part of a discovery of something that tells a different story of Texas’ continually changing coastline.

Taking little with her when she evacuated before Hurricane Ike, she searched through what few belongings were strewn about —a bowl, a broken vase, a scrap of fabric.

“She picked up a couple things,” said LU colleague Jim Westgate, who had volunteered to drive her to the site in his pickup.  “We searched through a little scrub forest across the highway and she recognized a few things.”

All that remained of the home west of Rollover Pass were scraps of concrete and splintered pilings.

“It was while we were looking at the house, or at least what was left of the foundation, that I saw it lying there with lots of shell debris in what had been the front yard,” Westgate said.

What Westgate, a trained paleontologist and a research associate with the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory at the University of Texas Memorial Museum, recognized was the fossil tooth of a mammoth.

“This is the first one I’ve found in 19 years,” Westgate said. “People bring in pieces and parts from the beach for me to identify, and I haven’t seen one in this good a condition.”

The 6-pound tooth, which resembles a series of boot soles or slices of bread wedged together, is most probably that of the Columbian Mammoth (Mammuthus columbi), a species common to North America until around 10,000 years ago, Westgate said.  Ancestors of the modern elephant, mammoths and mastodons roamed the continent in large numbers.

Their fossil teeth are easily distinguished from one another by the grinding surface, Westgate said. Mastodon teeth are bumpy, and resemble a series of steep mountains and deep valleys, whereas mammoth teeth are flatter and well-suited to grinding. The diet of the mastodon is believed to have comprised leaves, bark and fruits, whereas mammoths were predominately grazers.

Like modern elephants, mammoths grew a total of six sets of teeth during their lifetime, ejecting worn teeth “like a shotgun, loading a newly formed tooth in its place,” Westgate said. The discovered tooth is unworn, so it was either newly erupted or a “tooth in waiting” when the animal died, Westgate said.

How likely is it to find fossils in the area?  “It is pretty common after we’ve had storms,” Westgate said. “McFaddin beach is a hot spot with local collectors.  After a storm, or when a blue northern has blown in and the water is pushed way off shore, they will go down the beach looking for fossils.”

What they’re likely to find are examples from the fossil record of a world much different than the seascape of today, Westgate said.  The area is well known for fossil mastodon, mammoth, ground sloth, tapir, camels and other late Pleistocene (Ice Age) mammals.

Russell Long, professor emeritus of biology at Lamar from 1951 to 1979, had an extensive collection of fossils from the area and supervised a master’s thesis by Jeffrey Russell in 1975 that detailed the megafauna of the region documenting a wide array of extinct animals including the above, as well as saber-toothed cats, early horses and more.

Westgate said the fossils likely come from ancient stream channels where the bones collected when the land that is now beachfront was 100 or more miles inland.

But don’t expect every bone you find to be a genuine fossil. “A lot of time you can’t tell if it’s a fossil or not,” Westgate said. “Bison bones look just like cow bones. If you bury a cow bone in that dark mud it stains pretty quickly. So, the ones we know for sure are at least 10,000 years old are the ones that are extinct locally, like mastodon, mammoth, ground sloth, tapir and camels.”

Also, don’t expect to find complete skeletons or easily recognizable skulls. Mammoth skulls, while massive, are fairly fragile. It is unlikely, Westgate said, that such structures would have survived intact. “Skulls look pretty solid on the outside, but really they are thin bone,” he said. “Teeth tend to survive the process.”

The fossil will join the collection of the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin and “Dorothy’s address will actually be the site locality for this specimen. Normally we don’t have house addresses for our fossil localities,” he said.

“There are stream channels sitting off shore waiting to be excavated by storm waves,” Westgate said.

While those future storms will bring their share of loss, they may also bring discovery.

http://www.lamar.edu/newsevents/news/207_6977.htm

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Other links (news) :

Giant tooth discovered in paleontologist’s home
guardian.co.uk – 3 ore fa
A giant tooth was discovered by two paleontologists in the wreckage of a Texan home destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Dorothy Sisk, a scientist at Lamar
Big fossil found in paleontologist’s yard post-Ike
The Associated Press – 11 ore fa
CAPLEN, Texas (AP) — A paleontologist whose beachfront home in Texas was destroyed during Hurricane Ike has found a football-size tooth in the debris.
6-pound fossil tooth found at Ike-damaged Caplen
Houston Chronicle – 16 ore fa
AP Texas News © 2008 AP CAPLEN, Texas — Hurricane Ike took a bite out of some Texas beaches and in one case revealed a 6-pound tooth.
Big fossil found in paleontologist’s yard post-Ike
Centre Daily Times – 11 ore fa
– AP CAPLEN, Texas — A paleontologist whose beachfront home in Texas was destroyed during Hurricane Ike has found a football-size tooth in the debris.
Hurricane Ike yields ice-age discovery
Lamar University – 18 ore fa
When Lamar University professor Dorothy Sisk returned to her beachfront home in Caplen, she knew there would be little left. Instead, she was part of a

ottobre 3, 2008 Posted by | - Ice Age, - Mammiferi, 1 Olocene b, America Northern, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia | , , , , , , | 1 commento