Fossils and palaeontology

We may say that every day, palaeontology researches, active worldwide, present some new discovery : it may be a new species, or totally unknown organisms, that are not represented in the modern flora and fauna, at times they are so “strange” that it is difficult to understand their anatomy and way of living, at times they show small “flashes” of day to day life, trapped forever in the geological layers.
A general picture of the evolution of life on Earth is now quite clear, at least the general lines, however every new discovery forms a small piece of the puzzle of a picture that is becoming increasingly complete and greatly detailed. At times a small detail, preserved by chance in the sediments, that surfaces equally by chance, and is recognized, brings a fundamental contribution, and at times also generates a small “revolution” in the way of thinking and interpreting the long history of life on our Planet. This is the case, for example, of a recent discovery in Utah, that shows how a ferocious predator, Falcarius, a dinosaur covered with feathers, similar to a Velociraptor, evolved subsequently into a herbivorous dinosaur, approximately 125 million years ago, in a sort of “counter-evolution”.

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