Fish death, mammal extinction and tiny dino footprints

News from this year's meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

12:01pm, September 29, 2009

Paleontologists convened September 23–26 in Bristol, England, for the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Science News writer Sid Perkins reports from the meeting on the latest findings on fish fossils in Wyoming, the loss of Australia’s megafauna and the smallest dinosaur tracks.

Paleo-CSI: The real fish killers at Wyoming’s Fossil Lake

BRISTOL, ENGLAND—Researchers have narrowed the list of suspects in the massive fish kills that repeatedly swept an ancient North American lake about 50 million years ago. More and more, it looks like toxic algae may have been responsible, Jo Hellawell, a vertebrate paleontologist at Trinity College at the University of Dublin, reported September 23.

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