Monthly Archives: August 2018

Adapt, move or die: How biodiversity reacted to past climate change

A new paper reviews current knowledge on climate change and biodiversity. In the past, plants and animals reacted to environmental changes by adapting, migrating or going extinct. These findings point to radical changes in biodiversity due to climate change in … Continue reading

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Getting to the roots of our ancient cousins’ diet

Since the discovery of the fossil remains of Australopithecus africanus from Taung nearly a century ago, and subsequent discoveries of Paranthropus robustus, there have been disagreements about the diets of these two South African hominin species. By analyzing the splay … Continue reading

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Mutations in this molecule may have helped mammoths tolerate the cold

Biomedical researchers have captured close-up views of TRPV3, a skin-cell ion channel that plays important roles in sensing temperature, itch, and pain. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Rare intermediate fossils give researchers insight into evolution of bird-like dinosaur

An international team of researchers has discovered new species of alvarezsaurs, an enigmatic group of dinosaurs that share many characteristics with birds. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Fossil turtle didn’t have a shell yet, but had the first toothless turtle beak

There are a couple of key features that make a turtle a turtle: its shell, for one, but also its toothless beak. A newly-discovered fossil turtle that lived 228 million years ago is shedding light on how modern turtles developed … Continue reading

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Enigmatic African fossils rewrite story of when lemurs got to Madagascar

Research reveals that a 20-million-year-old African fossil, long thought to be a bat, actually represents one of the earliest branches of the lemur family tree. The reassessment challenges a long-held view that lemurs descended from ancestors that colonized Madagascar in … Continue reading

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Stone tools reveal modern human-like gripping capabilities 500,000 years ago

Research demonstrates that a technique used to produce stone tools that were first found half a million years ago is likely to have needed a modern human-like hand. This links a stone tool production technique known as ‘platform preparation’ to … Continue reading

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A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth

A new study has used a combination of genomic and fossil data to explain the history of life on Earth, from its origin to the present day. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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99-million-year-old beetle trapped in amber served as pollinator to evergreen cycads

Flowering plants are well known for their special relationship to the insects and other animals that serve as their pollinators. But, before the rise of angiosperms, another group of unusual evergreen gymnosperms, known as cycads, may have been the first … Continue reading

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Scientists trace atmospheric rise in CO2 during deglaciation to deep Pacific Ocean

How carbon made it out of the ocean and into the atmosphere has remained one of the most important mysteries of science. A new study, provides some of the most compelling evidence for how it happened — a ‘flushing’ of … Continue reading

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