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Tips for Fossil hunting in the St. Louis Area of Missouri
Joseph Fossil posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionRecently, I've been thinking about conducting an exploratory fossil hunting trip in the St. Louis area of Missouri. I've never been there before, but I've heard there is a lot of caves and limestone outcrops near the city. I've also heard there is a decent amount of Ordovician and Mississippian fossils in the area. I'm just wondering if anyone's been fossil hunting in the St. Louis area before and what fossils can be found there?
Fossils of New Vulture Species Found in Cuba
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsFossils of New Vulture Species Found in Cubaby Enrico de Lazaro, Previous, Sci News, Jan 13, 2021 "A new species of small vulture that lived during the Quaternary period in the Greater Antilles has been identified from fossils found in western Cuba." The paper is: Suárez, W. and Olson, S.L., 2020. A new fossil vulture (Cathartidae: Cathartes) from Quaternary asphalt and cave deposits in Cuba. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 140(3), pp.335-343. Yours, Paul H.
Volcanic origin for Younger Dryas geochemical anomalies ca. 12,900 cal B.P.
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsTexas cave sediment upends meteorite explanation for global cooling by Baylor University August 1, 2020 https://phys.org/news/2020-07-texas-cave-sediment-upends-meteorite.html The paper is: Sun, N, Brandon, A.D., Forman, S.L., Waters, M.R. and Befus, K.S., 2020. Volcanic origin for Younger Dryas geochemical anomalies ca. 12,900 cal B.P. Science Advances, 6(31), eaax8587 https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/31/eaax8587 Related papers: Holliday, V.T., Bartlein, P.J., Scott, A.C. and Marlon, J.R., 2020. Ext
My Dear Cousins
Tidgy's Dad posted a topic in Fossil NewsSomehow, I find this terribly sad. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200128-how-did-the-last-neanderthals-live
Pleistocene cave fossils
Foozil posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsRecently I went to a property in NSW with hundreds of limestone caves after a member of our fossil club invited us on a trip there. I had never even considered going caving before, caves terrify me, but for fossils? Why not. The particular cave we went down was relatively easy, 11m straight down but there was a convenient tree limb above it. Not a fan of abseiling, but again, will do it for fossils. There are better caves in the area for fossils but didn't get around to going down them as we only had half a day, so maybe next time. Once at the bottom of the hole which was the opening, we
Homo naledi fossils dated (South Africa)
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil News"Cradle of Humankind" fossils can now be dated Maddie Bender, Earth Magazine, February 5, 2019 https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/cradle-humankind-fossils-can-now-be-dated The paper is: Pickering, R., Herries, A.I., Woodhead, J.D., Hellstrom, J.C., Green, H.E., Paul, B., Ritzman, T., Strait, D.S., Schoville, B.J. and Hancox, P.J., 2019. U–Pb-dated flowstones restrict South African early hominin record to dry climate phases. Nature, 565(7738), p.226. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0711-0 A related paper is
Fossils Reveal Why Caribbean Mammal Did Not Become Extinct
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsFossils reveal how bizarre mammal beat extinction Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, August 24, 2017 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824182708.htm https://phys.org/news/2017-08-fossils-reveal-bizarre-mammal-extinction.html https://phys.org/news/2017-08-caribbean-mammal-extinctions-spurs-renewed.html Yours, Paul H.
Using DNA to Look for Extinct Humans in Ancient Cave Mud
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsMud DNA means we can detect ancient humans even without fossils, New Scientist, April 27, 2017 https://www.newscientist.com/article/2129259-mud-dna-means-we-can-detect-ancient-humans-even-without-fossils/ Photos: Looking for Extinct Humans in Ancient Cave Mud By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science, April 27, 2017 http://www.livescience.com/58872-neanderthal-dna-found-in-ancient-cave-mud.html http://www.livescience.com/58873-dna-from-extinct-humans-photos.html The paper is: Slon, V., C. Hopfe, C. L. Weiß, and many others, 2017, Neanderta