Monthly Archives: May 2018

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid

New research finds that life rebounded in the crater left by the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs much faster than previously thought. Sea life was present a few years after the impact and a thriving ecosystem within 30,000 years. Paleontology … Continue reading

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World’s oldest lizard fossil discovered

Paleontologists have identified the world’s oldest lizard, providing key insight into the evolution of modern lizards and snakes. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Dino-bird dandruff research head and shoulders above rest

Palaeontologists have discovered 125 million-year-old dandruff preserved amongst the plumage of feathered dinosaurs and early birds, revealing the first evidence of how dinosaurs shed their skin. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Sweet potatoes didn’t originate in the Americas as previously thought

Sweet potatoes may seem as American as Thanksgiving, but scientists have long debated whether their plant family originated in the Old or New World. New research by a paleobotanist suggests it originated in Asia, and much earlier than previously known. … Continue reading

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Volcano ‘libraries’ could help plan for future volcanic crises

Crystals from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption have demonstrated a new way to recognize pre-eruption signals at Eyjafjallajökull and potentially other, similar volcanoes around the world. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Study casts doubt on traditional view of pterosaur flight

A new study of how ligaments restrict joint movement suggests that pterosaurs and ‘four-winged’ dinosaurs couldn’t have flown in the same way that bats do. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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When the dinosaurs died, so did forests — and tree-dwelling birds

Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. But dinosaurs weren’t the only ones that got hit hard … Continue reading

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Utah fossil reveals global exodus of mammals’ near relatives to major continents

A nearly 130-million-year-old fossilized skull found in Utah is an Earth-shattering discovery in one respect. The small fossil is evidence that the super-continental split likely occurred more recently than scientists previously thought and that a group of reptile-like mammals that … Continue reading

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Major fossil study sheds new light on emergence of early animal life 540 million years ago

All the major groups of animals appear in the fossil record for the first time around 540-500 million years ago — an event known as the Cambrian Explosion — but new research suggests that for most animals this ‘explosion’ was … Continue reading

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Widespread ocean anoxia was cause for past mass extinction

For decades, scientists have conducted research centered around the five major mass extinctions that have shaped the world we live in. The extinctions date back more than 450 million years with the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction to the deadliest extinction, … Continue reading

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