Navigation Links
Giant kraken lair discovered
Date:10/9/2011

Boulder, CO, USA - Long before whales, the oceans of Earth were roamed by a very different kind of air-breathing leviathan. Snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs larger than school buses swam at the top of the Triassic Period ocean food chain, or so it seemed before Mount Holyoke College paleontologist Mark McMenamin took a look at some of their remains in Nevada. Now he thinks there was an even larger and more cunning sea monster that preyed on ichthyosaurs: a kraken of such mythological proportions it would have sent Captain Nemo running for dry land. McMenamin will be presenting the results of his work on Monday, 10 October at the Annual Meeting of The Geological Society of America in Minneapolis.

The evidence is at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada, where McMenamin and his daughter spent a few days this summer. It's a site where the remains of nine 45-foot (14-meter) ichthyosaurs, of the species Shonisaurus popularis can be found. These were the Triassic's counterpart to today's predatory giant squid-eating sperm whales. But the fossils at the Nevada site have a long history of perplexing researchers, including the world's expert on the site: the late Charles Lewis Camp of U.C. Berkeley.

"Charles Camp puzzled over these fossils in the 1950s," said McMenamin. "In his papers he keeps referring to how peculiar this site is. We agree, it is peculiar."

Camp's interpretation was that the fossils probably represented death by an accidental stranding or from a toxic plankton bloom. But no one had ever been able to prove that the beasts died in shallow water. In fact more recent work on the rocks around the fossils suggest it was a deep water environment, which makes neatly arranged carcasses even more mysterious.

This question -- shallow or deep ocean death -- is what attracted McMenamin to the site.

"I was aware that anytime there is controversy about depth, there is probably something interesting going on," McMenami
'/>"/>

Contact: Christa Stratton
cstratton@geosociety.org
Geological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Colossal aggregations of giant alien freshwater fish as a potential biogeochemical hotspot
2. Scientists take a giant step for people -- with plants!
3. Scientists discover fossil of giant ancient sea predator
4. UCSB scientists track environmental influences on giant kelp with help from satellite data
5. Giant tortoises show rewilding can work
6. Giant fire-bellied toads brain brims with powerful germ-fighters
7. Giant rats lead scientists to ancient face carvings
8. Researchers discover giant crayfish species right under their noses
9. Oil giant plans new platform near feeding ground of critically endangered whale
10. Old-growth forests are what giant pandas need
11. Giants among us: Paper explores evolution of the world’s largest mammals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Giant kraken lair discovered
(Date:8/20/2014)... salty aroma of sunscreen and seawater signals a relaxing ... that the idyllic beach vacation comes with an environmental ... into the sea, they can become toxic to some ... course for many other marine animals. Their study appears ... . , Antonio Tovar-Sanchez and David Snchez-Quiles point out ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... gene therapy developed by researchers at the University of ... mice from a life-threatening heart condition caused by muscular ... said Yi Lai, Ph.D., the leading author of the ... of Medicine,s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. "This ... could lead to a treatment for people with this ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... , Aug. 20, 2014  The second annual ... in Tampa, Florida on ... with Steven Rahman, Director, Technology and Strategy at Samsung, ... Experian. The theme of this year,s event is ... "Biometrics UnPlugged: Mobility at the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Gene therapy protects mice from lethal heart condition, MU researchers find 2Biometrics UnPlugged: Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce & Privacy to Feature Interactive Sessions with Samsung and Experian 2
... soil samples indicates that a group of microorganisms called ... oxidize ammonia, according to an international team of researchers ... , Soil microbes, in a process ... nitrates, which are used as nutrients by plants. , ...
... the sequencing of the chimpanzee genome last year, geneticists have ... our closest evolutionary relative, looking for the differences that distinguish ... the human DNA sequence with the most dramatically increased rate ... is still unknown, but it appears to be directly involved ...
... estimates, hepatitis has become a worldwide health problem, ... abroad. Researchers are experimenting with combinations of ... In research presented today at Digestive Disease ... making significant progress to improve symptoms of the ...
Cached Biology News:Ammonia-loving archaea win landslide majority 2Ammonia-loving archaea win landslide majority 3Researchers identify human DNA on the fast track 2Researchers identify human DNA on the fast track 3Novel therapy combinations gain ground in treating hepatitis 2Novel therapy combinations gain ground in treating hepatitis 3Novel therapy combinations gain ground in treating hepatitis 4Novel therapy combinations gain ground in treating hepatitis 5Novel therapy combinations gain ground in treating hepatitis 6
(Date:8/20/2014)... August 20, 2014 Not long ago, ... studies should be performed late in the development cycle ... But current regulatory trends suggest that, like many things ... rise. In recent years, multiple drug sponsors have been ... address specific questions during phase I/II. It’s not only ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... GraphDB™ 6.0 from ... to the enterprise replication cluster, faster loading speeds, ... and Elasticsearch. This release happens to coincide with ... – GraphDB™ was formerly known as OWLIM. ... mature enterprise resilient RDF triplestore will also benefit ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... 19, 2014 A Geisinger researcher on a ... a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) award ... health concern. Joseph Boscarino , Ph.D. ... a team of researchers nominated for the Centers for ... Award for Data Methods and Study Design. ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... XenoTech announces an exclusive partnership ... production from bioactive small molecules. Based on ... enables convenient and timely assessment of critical metabolite ... President of Commercial Operations, Christian Darabant, “the value ... can be measured directly by comparison with the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Are Extractable and Leachables going Phase-Appropriate? New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks 2Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 2Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 3Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 4Geisinger investigator nominated for federal award 2Geisinger investigator nominated for federal award 3Beyond Metabolite Identification, Testable Quantities Now Offered by XenoTech 2Beyond Metabolite Identification, Testable Quantities Now Offered by XenoTech 3
... Madison Wis - The University of Wisconsin Medical ... integration of the Medical Foundation's clinical data and to ... The foundation has choosen QDX Platform V Integration ... vertical solutions company based in Englewood, Colorado. , ,The ...
... an ATM and point-of-sale (POS) processing business, said ... increase more than 57% in 2003 to 223 million ... was tremendous and makes ACCEL/Exchange one of the nation's ... President of Products and Networks for Fiserv EFT/CNS. "In ...
... Madison, Wis. -- OpGen, Inc. , a provider of ... optical mapping study of a deadly type of brain tumor, ... the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center and professor of ... founder of OpGen, David Schwartz . , ,Optical mapping, ...
Cached Biology Technology:UW Medical Foundation Integrates Medical Records 2OpGen joins UW, Henry Ford Heath in Improving Brain Tumor Treatment 2
Rabbit polyclonal to NCoR2, prediluted ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 9612 SwissProtID: Q9Y618...
...
... Anti-Clusterin α chain (human), clone 41D ... Immunogen : Native clusterin purified ... pH 7.4, 0.15M NaCl and 0.05% ... on RIPA lysates from HeLa cells ...
Anti-CoralHue Dronpa Green Monoclonal Antibody Research Focus: cell surface antigens Storage: -20C Shipping Temperature: +4C...
Biology Products: