Gazel joined the College of Science faculty in 2011. His group’s research focuses on processes that produce magmas and volcanoes, and contribute to the planet’s evolution, including mantle melting and the origin of continents.
Completely intact with bones, feathers, and soft tissues, the fossils are a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich. The artifacts were named and studied by Sterling Nesbitt of Virginia Tech’s College of Science.
Paleontologists at Virginia Tech have found that muscle-scarred fossil leg bones of a 240-million-year old animal may shine new light on a large unknown: How early dinosaurs grew from hatchlings to adults.
A new species of an extinct, tiny worm-like lizard – dating back some 40 million years ago when the world’s climate was far different – has been found in rural West Texas, and given a nickname befitting its one-time home: Solastella, Latin for Lone Star.
Details of the Eokinorhynchus rarus fossil, only a few millimeters in length, can be seen in this electron microscopic image. More than 530 million years old, the ancient worm was found in South China and is closely related to the ancestor of modern animal phylum kinorhyncha.
The researchers discovered the reddish brown color of two extinct species of bat from fossils dating back about 50 million years, marking the first time the colors of extinct mammals have been described through fossil analysis.