Amber Captured Cretaceous Period Spider Attacking a Wasp

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This is the only fossil ever discovered that shows a spider attacking prey in its web. Preserved in amber, it’s about 100 million years old. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)

A Cretaceous period juvenile spider was trapped in amber before it could devour a male wasp caught in its web. This is the first time that such a scene has been found in the fossil record.

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Cretaceous Period Sankofa Pyrenaica Fossilized Eggs Are Unusually Shaped

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High in the Pyrenean mountains of Spain, paleontologists found hen-shaped dinosaur eggs sticking out of ancient sandstone. The eggs, that date back to 70 million years, were laid by a yet unknown dinosaur, which paleontologists speculate was a small meat-eater. They think that it stood on the blurry divide between birds and dinosaurs.

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Cretaceous Period Pterosaur Discovered in Northeast China

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Paleontologists have discovered a new wildly snaggle-toothed skull in northeast China that belonged to previously unknown flying reptile.

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Jurassic Period Super-Sized Fleas Had Armored Mouthparts to Attack the Thick Hide of Dinosaurs

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The primitive ancestors of modern day fleas were built to drain the blood of dinosaurs, more than 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. This potential host-parasite relationship was recently uncovered thanks to a set of preserved fossils found in China.

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How the Holmzaden Ichthyosaur Sank Before the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event

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Paleontologist Alim Reisdorf and the co-authors of a new study published in the journal Paleobiodiversity & Paleoenvironments have been trying to figure out exactly how the Holmzaden ichthyosaurs sank and was preserved, right before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction pulse.

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