Monthly Archives: January 2018

New Egyptian dinosaur reveals ancient link between Africa and Europe

When it comes to the final days of the dinosaurs, Africa is something of a blank page. Fossils found in Africa from the Late Cretaceous, the time period from 100 to 66 million years ago, are few and far between. … Continue reading

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Mammals and birds could have best shot at surviving climate changeĀ 

New research that analyzed more than 270 million years of data on animals shows that mammals and birds — both warm-blooded animals — may have a better chance of evolving and adapting to the Earth’s rapidly changing climate than their … Continue reading

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Paleontology: The eleventh Archaeopteryx

Researchers report the first description of the geologically oldest fossil securely attributable to the genus Archaeopteryx, and provide a new diagnostic key for differentiating bird-like dinosaurs from their closest relatives. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Insects took off when they evolved wings

Now buzzing and whizzing around every continent, insects were mysteriously scarce in the fossil record until 325 million years ago — when they first took flight and, according to a new study, evolutionarily took off. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Researchers pose revolutionary theory on horse evolution

While it is largely believed that horses simply evolved with fewer digits, researchers pose a new theory that suggests remnants of all five toes are still present within the hooves of the horse. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Scientists discover oldest known modern human fossil outside of Africa

A large international research team has discovered the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. The finding suggests that modern humans left the continent at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Rare 450-million-year-old ‘cone-shaped’ fossil discovery

Researchers have discover a unique fossil of a mysterious creature from the Ordovician period. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New Eocene fossil data suggest climate models may underestimate future polar warming

A new international analysis of marine fossils shows that warming of the polar oceans during the Eocene, a greenhouse period that provides a glimpse of Earth’s potential future climate, was greater than previously thought. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Kicking an old can of worms — the origin of the head in annelids

Researchers have described an exceptionally well-preserved new fossil species of bristle worm called Kootenayscolex barbarensis. Discovered from the 508-million-year-old Marble Canyon fossil site in the Burgess Shale in Kootenay National Park, the new species helps rewrite our understanding of the … Continue reading

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The Pentagon built with mineralized microbes predating dinosaurs

A new study has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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