Navigation Links
Google Earth aids discovery of early African mammal fossils
Date:4/28/2009

s branching off the main highway that might lead to quarries. Finally, about 75 miles east of Sheikh Fadl, he came across a road that traveled north to a deeply pocked area that just had to be a cluster of quarries.

Through associates in Egypt, Gingerich made arrangements to travel to Khasm el Raqaba, the area he had located on Google Earth. "Sure enough, when we got there, there was a huge quarry operation with trucks everywhere, blasting out blocks of limestone," said Gingerich, who is the Ermine Cowles Case Collegiate Professor of Paleontology and director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology. Within minutes of seeing the site, though, Gingerich realized any whale fossils that might be there would be impossible to locate.

Scanning the scene, however, something else caught his eye: bands of red in the white limestone walls of the quarry. He quickly realized the red bands represented layers of loose soil that were blown into ancient caves.

"Suddenly it dawned on me: There should be animals preserved in that sediment, too, because caves often act as traps," Gingerich said. When he searched at the base of one rock outcrop, there were tiny bones everywhere.

Gingerich collected some of the fossils and took them back to the U-M Museum of Paleontology where Gunnell, an associate research scientist, began studying them and identified teeth and bones of fossil bats. Gunnell shared the materials with Ellen Miller of Wake Forest University, who found a few rodent jaws and some additional teeth. Recently, with funding from National Geographic Society, Gunnell, Miller, U-M assistant research scientist William Sanders and Ahmed El-Barkooky of Cairo University visited the site to collect more of the fossils, which may have an interesting story of their own.

The bones and teeth---remains of small mammals that lived in the early Miocene Epoch, some 18 to 20 million years ago---are the first small mammal fossils of that age to be found in
'/>"/>

Contact: Nancy Ross-Flanigan
rossflan@umich.edu
734-647-1853
University of Michigan
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Census of Marine Life and ocean in Google Earth bring ocean information to life
2. New version of Google Earth features Californias marine protected areas
3. Animal trackers collaborate on new Google Earth for oceans
4. NASA-funded carbon dioxide map of US released on Google Earth
5. Global Warming and the Habitability of Planet Earth, Sept. 26
6. Good earth: Brown chemists show origin of soil-scented geosmin
7. Scientists launch deep-sea scientific drilling program to study volatile earthquake zone
8. Biogeochemistry -- A window into the Earths ecological health
9. How did chemical constituents essential to life arise on primitive Earth?
10. Scientists warn that species extinction could reduce productivity of plants on Earth by half
11. Earth Observation essential for geohazard mitigation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/20/2015)... 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ... on the growing mobile commerce market and creator of ... Smart Card Alliance and the EMV Migration Forum.  ... Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) Chapter provides NXT-ID, ... thought leaders promoting adoption of smart card technology. ...
(Date:8/12/2015)... Aug. 12, 2015   MedNet Solutions , an ... spectrum of clinical research, is proud to announce that ... comprehensive SaaS-based eClinical technology platform, has led the way ... two quarters of 2015.   Q2 2015 and Q1 ... measured by contract value sold in the company,s 15 ...
(Date:8/10/2015)... Germany , August 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... world leader in Eye Tracking Technology for more than ... Eye Tracking Platform for integration into all consumer display ... designs for seamless integration of eye tracking into consumer ... and augmented reality smart glasses. Omnivision,s leading sensor technology ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID, Inc. Joins Smart Card Alliance and EMV Migration Forum 2NXT-ID, Inc. Joins Smart Card Alliance and EMV Migration Forum 3NXT-ID, Inc. Joins Smart Card Alliance and EMV Migration Forum 4MedNet Solutions Experiences Explosive Corporate Growth 2SMI Completes OEM Eye Tracking Platform to Cover All Consumer Displays 2SMI Completes OEM Eye Tracking Platform to Cover All Consumer Displays 3
... Fla. --- When it comes to public access, the tree ... University of Florida researchers shows about 70 percent of published ... unable to get to critical data they may need to ... disease control. Scientists are using the genetic data ...
... FORENSICS Mass grave detection . . . ... may gain closure, and killers may receive appropriate punishment, ... clandestine graves. While investigators can find some graves, perhaps ... of Tennessee,s Forensic Anthropology Center and Oak Ridge National ...
... researchers have shown that they can turn genes on or ... is copied into messenger RNA an advance that could ... The technique could also make it easier to engineer ... detect disease, says Timothy Lu, an assistant professor of electrical ...
Cached Biology News:UF scientists encounter holes in tree of life, push for better data storage 2UF scientists encounter holes in tree of life, push for better data storage 3September 2013 story tips 2September 2013 story tips 3An easier way to control genes 2An easier way to control genes 3
(Date:8/26/2015)... ... August 26, 2015 , ... MediVet Biologics, a leader in ... is to open in Manhattan, Kansas in early October, 2015. The location of ... research and development through collaboration with researchers from Kansas State University’s College of ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... Maryland Heights, MO (PRWEB) , ... August 26, ... ... is announcing it is increasing its investment in the development and manufacture of ... increase demand. The company’s scientific team's extensive expertise with protein chemistry has ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... -- Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON ), a leader ... previously announced public offering of common stock, including the ... to purchase an additional 731,707 shares of common stock ...  The exercise of the underwriters, option brought the total ... to 5,609,756 shares and increased the total gross proceeds ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... England , August 26, 2015 ... Ltd against Europlasma NV relating to P2i United ... have resolved their dispute in the United States ... liability on the part of either party. As a result ... Central District of California dismissed the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:MediVet Biologics Animal Health Secures Additional Laboratory Facility in Manhattan, Kansas 2MediVet Biologics Animal Health Secures Additional Laboratory Facility in Manhattan, Kansas 3Lee Biosolutions Announces Increased Investment in the Development and Manufacturing of Biomarkers Used in Early Detection Of Heart Disease 2Intrexon Announces Closing of $230 Million Public Offering of Common Stock including Full Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares 2Intrexon Announces Closing of $230 Million Public Offering of Common Stock including Full Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares 3Intrexon Announces Closing of $230 Million Public Offering of Common Stock including Full Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares 4P2i Settles United States Litigation 2
... Inc.,(Nasdaq: ENMD ), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company ... diseases, today,announced that it has received approval from ... of its common stock from,the Nasdaq Global Market ... effective as of the opening of the market ...
... II DATA FOR LEAD DRUG CANDIDATE ARIKACE(TM) DRIVES,CONTINUED ... Transave, Inc., a,biopharmaceutical company focused on developing ... lung diseases,today announced that it has secured a ... Horizon Funding Company LLC, an affiliate of Horizon,Technology ...
... children,s hospitals in nation selected as Top Hospital ... by the Leapfrog Group, ... of only seven children,s hospitals in the nation to have been,selected as ... more than 1,220 participating hospitals., Children,s Hospital,s recognition was based on ...
Cached Biology Technology:EntreMed Announces Stock Listing Transfer to Nasdaq Capital Market 2EntreMed Announces Stock Listing Transfer to Nasdaq Capital Market 3Transave, Inc. Secures $12.5 Million in New Financing 2Transave, Inc. Secures $12.5 Million in New Financing 3Transave, Inc. Secures $12.5 Million in New Financing 4Transave, Inc. Secures $12.5 Million in New Financing 5Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Receives Prestigious Recognition for Patient Safety Efforts in National Survey 2Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Receives Prestigious Recognition for Patient Safety Efforts in National Survey 3
Rat Antibody to Mouse TCR VB8.1,8.2:FITC Recognises the V beta 8.1 and V beta 8.2 determinants of the murine T cell receptor. Specificity: mouse TCR VB8.1 and 8.2...
... anti-Human Alpha 1 Acid Glycoprotein ... Goats were immunized with ... in Freund's adjuvant. The ... to ensure specificity. For ...
...
... This DuoSet ELISA Development kit contains ... of sandwich ELISAs to measure natural and ... in cell culture supernates and serum.1 Each ... on approximately fifteen 96-well plates, provided that ...
Biology Products: