Deep sea coral time machines reveal ancient CO2 burps17 October 2020The fossilised remains of ancient deep-sea corals may act as time machines providing new insights into the effect the ocean has on rising CO2 levels, according to new research carried out by the Universities of Bristol, St Andrews and Nanjing and published in Science Advances.
Discovery of a new mass extinction16 September 2020It’s not often a new mass extinction is identified; after all, such events were so devastating they really stand out in the fossil record.
True size of prehistoric mega-shark finally revealed 3 September 2020To date only the length of the legendary giant shark Megalodon had been estimated but now, a new study led by the University of Bristol and Swansea University has revealed the size of the rest of its body, including fins that are as large as an adult human.
Insect crunching reptiles on ancient islands of the UK17 June 2020By analysing the fossilised jaw mechanics of reptiles who lived in the Severn Channel region of the UK 200-million-years ago, researchers from the University of Bristol have shown that they weren’t picky about the types of insects they ate - enjoying both crunchy and less crunchy varieties.
When Somerset lay beneath the sea29 May 2020In a new study, University of Bristol geologists show how the Mendip Hills in Somerset were overwhelmed by the ocean more than 200 million years ago.
Evolution of colour vision in sea snakes28 May 2020New research has revealed the evolution of colour vision in elapid snakes following their transition from terrestrial to fully marine environments, and for the first time, provided evidence of where, when and how frequently the species have adapted their ability to see in colour.
Ancient giant armoured fish fed in a similar way to basking sharks 20 May 2020Scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of Zurich have shown that the Titanichthys – a giant armoured fish that lived in the seas and oceans of the late Devonian period 380-million-years ago – fed in a similar manner to modern day basking sharks.