10 Fleet-Footed Facts About Coelophysis - Mental Floss. Coelophysis was but a humble player in an ecosystem teeming with strange and wonderful creatures. Yet this early dino proved to be remarkably successful, leaving not only a treasure trove of fossils in its wake, but also a hunter’s-eye look at the world it called home.
Dickinsonia costata, an iconic Ediacaran organism, displays the characteristic quilted appearance of Ediacaran enigmata. Ediacara (Vendian) biota consisted of enigmatic tubular and frond-shaped, mostly sessile organisms which lived during the Ediacaran Period (ca. 635–542 Ma). Trace fossils of these organisms have been found worldwide, and represent the earliest known complex multicellular organisms. Ediacara biota radiated in an event called the Avalon Explosion, 575 million years ago.
How Cute! Trilobites Curled Up in Self-Defense - Live Science, Article by Tia Ghose. One of the earliest examples of trilobites, tiny crustaceans that emerged during the Cambrian Period, curled up like pill bugs in self-defense, new fossil finds reveal. The findings suggest this self-defense mechanism evolved earlier than thought.
Yorgia waggoneri fossil - First discovered on the Winter Coast of the White Sea in Russia by US Paleontologist Ben Waggoner, this creature lived in the Ediacaran Period around 555 million years ago. Image from Wikipedia.
Why does an ancient primate like Ida really matter? Watch the video above to hear Jerry Hooker, fossil mammal expert at the Museum, explaining the significance of Ida and where she fits into the story of early primate evolution. Subjects: Evolution, Paleontology. Length: 4:08