Feb 3, 2018

A cover story: Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (∼99 Ma Burmese amber) has become a valuable supplement to the traditional skeletal record of small theropod dinosaurs preserved in sedimentary rocks, particularly for coelurosaurs and enantiornithines. The specimens recovered from this deposit preserve skeletal material and soft tissues in unmatched detail. This provides opportunities to study three-dimensional preservation of soft tissues, microstructure, and pigmentation patterns that are seldom available elsewhere in the fossil record. Ultimately, this line of research provides insights into life stages that are difficult to preserve, the ecology and appearance of the groups involved, and the evolutionary-development of structures such as feathers. Here we describe the most recent discovery from Burmese amber, an articulated skeleton of an enantiornithine bird. This individual has been sectioned along the coronal plane, providing a unique view inside multiple body regions. Osteological observations and plumage patterns support placement within the Enantiornithes, and suggest that the animal may have been a juvenile at the time of death. The specimen has a complex taphonomic history that includes exposure at the surface of a resin flow prior to encapsulation, and may include scavenging by some of the insects trapped within the same amber piece. The chemical composition observed along surface exposures and shallowly buried regions of the body indicate that the specimen has not undergone significant exchange with its surroundings. High iron concentrations are present in regions that preserve soft tissues as carbon films, and calcium distribution corresponds to regions where bones breach the surface of the amber.

Jan 22, 2018

We report the first Cretaceous ostracod in amber—the gigantic (12.9 mm) right valve of an exclusively marine group (Myodocopa: Myodocopida) preserved in Burmese amber.

Jun 6, 2017

Our team have uncovered an incredible specimen in Myanmar that has given us a glimpse of life from 100 million years ago - a piece of amber containing the remarkably preserved remains of an ancient bird hatchling.

Inside the amber, you can make out the head, tail, and neck of the bird, but it's the wings and feet that are the real marvels - the chunk of fossilised tree resin has perfectly preserved the bird's feathers, flesh, and claws, and gives us insight into a doomed group of prehistoric species called the Enantiornithes.

Lida Xing, Jingmai K. O'Connor, Ryan C. McKellar, Luis M. Chiappe, Kuowei Tseng, Gang Li & Ming Bai (2017)
A mid-Cretaceous enantiornithine (Aves) hatchling preserved in Burmese amber with unusual plumage.
Gondwana Research
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2017.06.001
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1342937X17300527

 

Apr 15, 2017

New Products: Gold Jewelry with Burmite amber plant inclusion Amber.

Dec 9, 2016

Our first !!  DINO!! SAUR!! in AMBER!!!!!

First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber!!

A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber. In Current Biology

National Geographic First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

CNN: 'Once in a lifetime find': Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber

BBC: 'Beautiful' dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

PBS: Entire chunk of feathered dinosaur discovered in amber

Sciencenews: Dinosaur tail preserved in amber, with feathers

CNBC: Dinosaur tail found in amber at market in Myanmar

Sep 4, 2016

Prof. Michael Benton became one of the Visiting fellow of vertebrate Department. 

Michael is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Head of School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.

Sep 3, 2016

End of 2016 field work for “Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site”,  British Columbia, Canada.

We are including a link to a video we commissioned (early draft) to help promote the site and assist us with our efforts for fund-raising for next summer’s field season.

July 1, 2016



Study dinosaur footprints from “Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site” in British Columbia, Canada

June 30, 2016

China news: Researchers find birds' wings encased in amber

  



June 28, 2016


National Geographic: Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber

BBC: Ancient birds' wings preserved in amber

New scientist: Beautifully preserved feathers belonged to tiny flying dinosaurs

Science daily: Early bird wings preserved in Burmese amber

CNN: 99-million-year-old bird wing discovered

Nature: Bird wings trapped in amber are a fossil first from the age of dinosaurs

May 5, 2015

 

Study amber in Myitkyina, Myanmar

 

 

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