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An amateur paleontologist’s fossil collection fuels Smithsonian research

Health : The Checkup

Over the course of two decades, David Kohls, an amateur paleontologist based in Battlement Mesa, Colo., has given tens of thousands of fossils — of insects and flora — to the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Colorado. K...

Pregnant Plesiosaur Fossil May Shed Light on Ancient Animal's Behavior

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Photo by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Scientists have pieced together the first-ever fossil of a pregnant plesiosaur, a giant Mesozoic sea reptile from the Cretaceous Era, with an embryo still inside. The animal, whi...

Mysterious 'monster' discovered by amateur paleontologist

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

For 70 years, academic paleontologists in Cincinnati have been assisted by a dedicated corps of amateurs. One such amateur recently found a very large and very mysterious fossil that has paleontologists amazed.

Amateur paleontologist accidentally digs up 500,000-year-old fossil in his backyard

Business & Finance / Personal Finance : Newsweek: Career

An amateur paleontologist recently made the discovery of a lifetime in his backyard. While digging a well on his land in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Carlos Manduga accidentally unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant ground sloth,...

Paleontologists assemble giant turtle bone from fossil discoveries made centuries apart

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

A broken fossil turtle bone discovered by an amateur paleontologist in 2012 turned out to be the missing half of a bone first described in 1849. The surprising puzzle discovery has led paleontologists to revise conventional wisdom o...


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