Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Anatomy 'wrong' in early animals

Posted on Tuesday, 15 January, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 2.0 Davide Meloni

 
Scientists now believe that they may have got the backbones of some early animals back-to-front.

The remarkable revelation not only means that the textbooks will need to be rewritten but that there is clearly still much to learn about some of the earliest quadrupedal species. New 3D models of the first four-legged animals known as tetrapods have now corrected the inaccurate depictions by turning several of the vertebrae the opposite way around.

The resulting models could help researchers learn not only about these early species but about how the spine evolved over time. "Their vertebrae are actually structurally completely different from what everyone for the last 150 or so years has pictured," said Prof John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College. "The textbook examples turn out to be wrong."

"Textbooks might have to be re-written when it comes to some of the earliest creatures, a study suggests."

  View: Full article

 Source: BBC News


  Discuss: View comments (8)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ealdwita on 14 January, 2013, 17:06
Do I remember correctly that the British Natural History Museum originally got the tail of its famous Brontosaurus (now - Apatosaurus) skeletal display upside-down, or am I experiencing a race-memory of seeing an undernourished Bronto doing gymnastics?
Comment icon #2 Posted by wolfknight on 15 January, 2013, 12:19
So correct the mistake and move on.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 15 January, 2013, 16:17
Huh... kind of gives new meaning to the term "you got your head up your ***
Comment icon #4 Posted by danielost on 16 January, 2013, 5:25
No it was the head of bronto,twice.
Comment icon #5 Posted by King Fluffs on 16 January, 2013, 8:11
I laugh in their general direction.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chooky88 on 16 January, 2013, 14:40
Well said Wolfknight
Comment icon #7 Posted by shrooma on 24 February, 2013, 11:44
Do I remember correctly that the British Natural History Museum originally got the tail of its famous Brontosaurus (now - Apatosaurus) skeletal display upside-down, . no no no no no... BAD ealdwita, BAD! reject your apatosaurusiness! embrace your brontosaurusy past! it always was, and always will be, a BRONTOSAURUS!! pluto will always be a planet, snickers will always be marathon's, and a 50p piece will always be a ten-bob bit! the old ways are always the best ways..... :-)
Comment icon #8 Posted by shrooma on 24 February, 2013, 11:50
New 3D models of fossil remains show that previous renderings of the position of the beasts' backbones were actually back-to-front. http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-20987289 . how could they tell?? Dinosaurs- thin at the front, fat in the middle, thin at the back! they kinda look the same whichever way round you look at 'em....


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Time is key to happiness, new study claims
7-25-2017
According to researchers, stressing out over a lack of time is a leading cause of anxiety and depression.
Eden Project UFO revealed as publicity stunt
7-25-2017
Videos and pictures of an alleged UFO over Cornwall have turned out to be part of a promotional exercise.
Moon is much wetter than previously thought
7-25-2017
Satellite data has revealed that there is water trapped all across the Moon's surface, not just at the poles.
New species of giant sunfish discovered
7-24-2017
Marine researcher Marianne Nyegaard has identified the first new species of sunfish in over 130 years.
Other news in this category
Could a human actually outrun a T. rex ?
Posted 7-17-2017 | 17 comments
Contrary to the plot of Jurassic Park, a rampaging Tyrannosaurus rex wouldn't actually move very fast....
 
Giant prehistoric crocodile had T. rex teeth
Posted 7-4-2017 | 2 comments
Palaeontologists have been studying the remains of a crocodile-like land predator from the Jurassic era....
 
Intense volcanism gave rise to the dinosaurs
Posted 6-20-2017 | 5 comments
A mass extinction event 200 million years ago made it possible for the dinosaurs to dominate the planet....
 
T. rex did not have feathers, say scientists
Posted 6-10-2017 | 16 comments
The idea that Tyrannosaurus rex had a thick plumage of feathers has been called in to serious doubt....
 
Ancient fossil bird found trapped in amber
Posted 6-9-2017 | 1 comment
The incredibly well-preserved hatchling is believed to date back 99 million years to the Cretaceous Era....
 
Earliest Homo sapiens unearthed in Morocco
Posted 6-8-2017 | 8 comments
The discovery casts doubt on the idea that modern humans evolved in a single 'cradle of humanity'....
 
Giant prehistoric sloth unearthed in LA metro
Posted 6-3-2017 | 4 comments
A recent excavation in the heart of Los Angeles has yielded evidence of giant prehistoric beasts....
 
Ancient sea monster was the size of a bus
Posted 5-26-2017 | 3 comments
Palaeontologists in Russia have discovered a huge new sea creature that lived 130 million years ago....
 
Europe, not Africa, was birthplace of mankind
Posted 5-23-2017 | 25 comments
A remarkable new palaeontological discovery in Europe could rewrite the history of human evolution....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ