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The vertebral air cavities of large pterosaurs disclose key adaptations for flight

A new study published characterizes the inner cavities of several vertebrae of a backbone thanks to micro-CT scans. The presence of air cavities in the postcranial skeleton was a key adaptation which allowed this group of large animals to fly.

New extinct species of aquatic insect from the Cretaceous of Brazil

Brazilian researchers from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Ufes), the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) and the Regional University of Cariri (Urca), along with researchers from the State Museum of Natural History in Kiev, Ukraine, and the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, published on July 27th a scientific article describing a new species of aquatic insect from the Crato Formation geological unit, in Northeastern Brazil.

The Crato Formation

A new subfamily of Ephemeroptera

The first article arising from Arianny's master thesis has just been published. Read more by clicking on the title above and click here for the publication.

New crustacean species from Antarctica

Dr. Figueiredo and Dr. Rodrigues coauthored a paper describing a new species of lobster from the Upper Cretaceous of James Ross island, Antarctica. Hoploparia echinata is known by two specimens, one of them a fossilized molt. Available here.

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