Wednesday, September 28

Fossilized Vomit Delivers Signs of Prehistoric Ecosystem | Digital Trends Spanish


A paleontological find Unusual is what researchers in Utah did, as they discovered a 150-million-year-old fossilized vomit that provides valuable clues to the prehistoric ecosystem.

The remains were studied by paleontologists from the Utah Geological Survey, the Utah State Parks Division and the Museum of Combat Armor and Flying Heritage in Washington. His findings were published in Palaios magazine last month.

“This fossil gives us a rare glimpse into animal interactions in ancient ecosystems,” said John Foster, curator of the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and one of the study’s co-authors, in a statement Tuesday. of September.

The team discovered the fossil while touring the Morrison Formationa famous paleontological site known for its fossils from the late Jurassic age.

This vomit included “elements” of at least one small frog or tadpole and would be the “smallest salamander specimen reported from the formation.”

James Kirkland, the state paleontologist who co-authored both studies, said paleontologists plan to continue searching the site where the prehistoric vomit was discovered to see if they can find more evidence of the region’s past ecosystem.

“I was so excited to have found this site, as Late Jurassic plant localities are so rare,” he said, in a statement. “Now we must carefully dissect the site for more little wonders among the foliage.”

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