Science News Roundup: Careful Study of “Little Foot” Fossil Sheds Light on Man; Fossils of the oldest member of a huge dinosaur and more

Science News Roundup: Careful Study of "Little Foot" Fossil Sheds Light on Man;  Fossils of the oldest member of a huge dinosaur and more

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Careful study of ‘Little Foot’ fossil sheds light on human origins

Sophisticated scanning technology reveals intriguing secrets about Little Foot, the remarkable fossil of a human precursor that inhabited South Africa 3.67 million years ago at a critical time in our evolutionary history. Scientists said on Tuesday they had examined key parts of the near-complete and well-preserved fossil at the UK’s national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light. Source. The scan focused on Little Foot’s skull vault – the upper part of his puzzle – and his lower jaw, or mandible.

Fossils of oldest member of huge group of dinosaurs found in Argentina

Scientists have unearthed fossils of what may be the oldest known member of the group of dinosaurs known as the titanosaurs, which includes the largest land animals in Earth’s history, in the wilds of Argentinian Patagonia. Researchers said on Monday that the fossils represented a species of dinosaur named Ninjatitan zapatai that lived 140 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. They identified Ninjatitan as a titanosaur, a group of long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs that …

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