Monthly Archives: June 2018

radiant-prism:Calcite with Sphalerite

radiant-prism: Calcite with Sphalerite Geology Nerd

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This curious animal grew larger over time — but its brain didn’t quite keep up

The ancestor of the modern day mountain beaver had a larger relative brain size, offering a rare example of brain size decrease over time. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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rockon-ro: VANADINITE (Lead Chlorovanadate) crystals from the…

rockon-ro: VANADINITE (Lead Chlorovanadate) crystals from the classic location Mibladene, Midelt, Morocco Geology Nerd

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Dramatic change in way ancient diets are calculated

Knowing what extinct animals ate has long been determined by analyzing carbon isotopes locked inside fossil teeth. For two decades, a key isotope value in these equations has been assumed to be the same for all plant-eating mammals, but new … Continue reading

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Paleontologists ID two new Miocene mammals in Bolivia

Researchers have discovered the 13-million-year-old fossils of a pair of new species of extinct hoofed mammals known as ‘litopterns’ from a site in Bolivia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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hematitehearts: Chalcedony Locality: Mamuju Area, Sulawesi Barat…

hematitehearts: Chalcedony Locality: Mamuju Area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia Geology Nerd

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The evolution of testes

The fossil record preserves predominantly vestiges of hard structures such as bones or teeth. Consequently, resolving the evolution of soft-tissue structures such as muscle or brain tissue requires analytical methods. Researchers now provide a new approach to resolve the evolution … Continue reading

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rockon-ro: FLUORITE (Calcium Fluoride) crystals from Mexico.

rockon-ro: FLUORITE (Calcium Fluoride) crystals from Mexico. Geology Nerd

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Orangutan: How 70,000 years of human interaction have shaped an icon of wild nature

The evolution of the orangutan has been more heavily influenced by humans than was previously thought, new research reveals. Scientists have shed new light on the development of the critically endangered species. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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hematitehearts: Dioptase Locality:  Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb,…

hematitehearts: Dioptase Locality:  Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia Geology Nerd

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