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Fossil Skeleton of Strange, Ancient Digging Mammal Clears Up 30-Year-Old Evolutionary Debate

Photo: Chinese Pangolin Skeleton on Display at The Museum of Osteology. Credit:Sklmsta SOURCE Creative Commons (Public Domain)

from Science Daily


“ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2012) — Shortly after dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops went extinct 65 million years ago, Earth’s ancient landscapes were filled with unusual mammals only distantly related to those alive today.

“The remarkable new skeleton comes from rocks in Mongolia that were deposited 57 million years ago during a period known as the Paleocene Epoch. . . .”

“The authors of the new study made detailed comparisons among the bones ofErnanodon and those of modern mammals and concluded thatErnanodon was highly specialized for digging. It may have dug for food, for shelter, or both. . . .” Read Complete Report

Go a LITTLE DEEPER: The second part of report, “Digging Dinosaurs’.

Mona Lisa’s skeleton of bones found in Florence convent

from Lakehouse Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka

21 July Daily Mail

Archaeologists are convinced they’ve unearthed the secret behind the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa.Buried beneath the floor of a convent in Florence, Italy they’ve found a skeleton they believe belonged to Lisa Gherardini, the model who posed for Leonardo’s da Vinci’s mysterious masterpiece.

Lisa Gheradini, was the wife of a rich silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo. In Italy the Mona Lisa is known as La Gioconda.Most modern historians agree that the lady depicted in the Mona Lisa was Lisa del Giocondo, who became a nun after her husband’s death. She died in the convent on July 15, 1542, aged 63.An archeological team began digging at the abandoned Convent of Saint Ursula last year.They first had to dig through thick concrete, laid down ahead of plans to turn the convent into an army barracks.

But they quickly struck gold, finding a crypt they believe to have been Lisa’s final resting place and soon after they unearthed a female-sized human skull. . . . Read Complete Report