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The "Scanish Swift", a fossil Swift from 49 million years ago and the oldest known Swift. (Scaniacypselus szarskii; Apodidae; Mayr & Peters 1999) http://www.swift-conservation.org/PhotoGallery..htm …

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The "Scanish Swift, a fossil swift 49 million years old found in Germany - Photo Ulrich Tigges Photo Gallery

A stingray fossil in the Houston Museum of Natural Science ~another case of soft tissue indicated in a fossil, which points to the fact that fossilization occurred RAPIDLY, otherwise, the soft tissue would have ROTTED long before it had a chance to become fossilized.

A stingray fossil in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. A fine example of rapid fossilization with soft tissue.

This is a nearly complete skeleton of Calciavis grandei, an Eocene close relative of ostriches, kiwis, and emus.

Exceedingly well-preserved bird fossil specimens dating 50 million years represent a new species that is a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich, according to a new paper co-authored by Sterling Nesbitt of Virginia Tech’s College of.

A venomous lizard that was an ancient relative to the Gila monster.

Quigley's Cabinet: Messel Pit a fossil venomous lizard

Taking a deeper look at 'ancient wing'. The fossil feather and skeleton of the iconic dinosaur Archaeopteryx.

Reconstructing ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is especially true when considering the coloration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigation are being incorporated .

Fossil Amphibian with Larvae Sclerocephalus hauseri Permian Odernheim Pfatz, Germany

mudwerks: “ Fossil Amphibian with Larvae Sclerocephalus hauseri Permian Odernheim Pfatz, Germany ”

Chinese fossils reveal that ancient birds had feathers on their legs, prompting some to call them four-winged birds. Some scientists think these wings helped the birds to fly, while others think they were used in courtship.  Science/AAAS/LiveScience

Four-winged birds? Feathery-legged fossils date back to dinosaur days.

Chinese fossils reveal that ancient birds had feathers on their legs, prompting some to call them four-winged birds. Some scientists think these wings helped the birds to fly, while others think they were used in courtship.

Ida, one of the most complete primate fossils ever found, a 47-million-year-old human ancestor

Fossil Ida: Extraordinary find is 'missing link' in evolution

Ida, one of the most complete primate fossils ever found, a human ancestor. Photograph: Atlantic Productions Ltd

Edmontosaurus is a genusof hadrosaurid (duck-billed) dinosaur. It contains two known species: Edmontosaurus regalis and Edmontosaurus annectens. Fossils of E. regalis have been found in rocks of western North America that date from the late Campanian stage of the Cretaceous Period 73 million years ago, while those of E. annectenswere found in the same geographic region but in rocks dated to the end of the Maastrichtian stage of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago

Edmontosaurus is a genusof hadrosaurid (duck-billed) dinosaur

Fossil Bee. Colorado Florissant Fossil Beds. Lived in Oligocere, about 35 million years ago.

Fossil Bee, about 35 million years ago / Colorado Florissant Fossil Beds / lived in Oligocere

Araripegomphus Dragonfly Fossil from Brazil

Fossil Dragonfly - Araripegomphus andreneli - fossil Lower Cretaceous / Late Aptian - Cenomania : million years ago - Crato Formation - Nova Olinda Member (older insect-bearing strata) - Ceara, Brazil

The fossil of a primitive bird, Confuciusornis sanctus, that existed 125 to 120 million years ago.

The fossil of a primitive bird, Confuciusornis sanctus, that existed 125 to 120 million years ago.

Stumps of Lepidodendron fossil trees - 330 million years ago when Scotland lay close to the equator.

Fossil Grove: Stumps of Lepidodendron fossil trees - 330 million years ago when Scotland lay close to the equator.

A mummified dinosaur, unwrapped from the rocks of Montana, has revealed how the creature looked and how it lived 77 million years ago — down to the texture of its skin and the contents of its stomach, scientists say. THE DUCKBILL DINOSAUR, nicknamed Leonardo, was fossilized in an unusual way, its discoverers reported Thursday at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting in Norman, Okla. Only a handful of such dinosaur mummies are known to exist, they said.

A mummified dinosaur, unwrapped from the rocks of Montana, has revealed how the creature looked and how it lived 77 million years ago — down to the texture of its skin and the contents of its stomach, scientists say.

Wadi Al-Hitan, the Whale Valley in the Egyptian Sahara. Over the past 30 years or so, remarkable fossils have been discovered here that provide some of the strongest confirmation yet of the soundness of evolutionary theory — namely, fossils of whales with legs that died 40 million years ago in an ancient shallow sea, just as these mammals were returning to an aquatic lifestyle.

Fossil in Wadi al-Hitan, aka Whale Valley.in the Sahara, The site used to be a shallow sea. It includes fossils of whales with legs from 40 million years ago.

Uintacrinus socialis, Crinoids, sea lilies or feather-stars, fossils embedded in a limestone matrix, Cretaceous age (144 to 65 million years ago).  photo: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution

Uintacrinus socialis, Crinoids, sea lilies or feather-stars, fossils embedded…