Science Favorite Fossils Of 2019

This year was a smorgasbord of sorts for archeologists and experts of ancient studies sincea whole lot of digging turned into a whole lot of somethings that hopefully gave us more insight about the past, all while shaking the pants of those who studied them. In any case, here are our favorite fossils for 2019. Dig in.

Interesting Invertebrates

Located in China, the Qingjiang biota is essentially paradise for archaeologists because the area boasts a treasure trove of beautifully preserved fossils, such as that of mud dragons, arthropods, comb jellies and even jellyfish. Per experts, the area shows how diverse the organisms were during the Cambrian explosion.

Oldest Bone Cancer

This year also turned up what is essentially the oldest example of bone cancer that’s been preserved, shown by the fossilized left femur of an ancient turtle relative with a tumor.

Fossilized Unlaid Egg

Experts were also able to find a preserved fossil of an ancient bird that died with an unlaid egg, making it the first specimen of its kind ever.

Long-Toed Bird

A chunk of amber found this year also showed a fossilized sparrow-sized bird with an unusually (and even funny) long toe, which it may have used for feeding and climbing hard-to-reach places.

Walking Tetrapod

This year, scientists were also able to find out that the four-footed Orobates pabsti had an efficient gait for an animal that’s part of the earliest amniotes group ever. The scientists were able to do this by using fossil trackways, computer simulations, a robot and recreating skeletons, showing the animal walked with minimal side-to-side undulation.

T-Rex Cousin

Experts were also able to identify a T-rex cousin this year, called the Suskityrannus hazelae. Unlike its towering cousin, S. hazelae was only a meter tall at the hip.

Life After The fall Of Dinosaurs

A bunch of fossils found in Colorado revealed that after the dinosaurs died, mammals and plants grew fivefold in size and diversified by a large amount.

Fossil Face

A nearly complete skull found this year gave us the first glimpse of what the Australopithecus anamensis may have looked like.

fossil-1000575_960_720 Once discovered, fossils can tell paleontologists a lot about past events. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)