Monthly Archives: September 2018

Ledumahadi mafube: South Africa’s new jurassic giant

A new species of a giant dinosaur has been found in South Africa’s Free State Province. The plant-eating dinosaur, named Ledumahadi mafube, weighed 12 tons and stood about four meters high at the hips. Ledumahadi mafube was the largest land … Continue reading

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Well established theories on patterns in evolution might be wrong

How do the large-scale patterns we observe in evolution arise? A new article argues that many of them are a type of statistical artifact caused by our unavoidably recent viewpoint looking back into the past. As a result, it might … Continue reading

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Retracing Antarctica’s glacial past

More than 26,000 years ago, sea level was much lower than it is today partly because the ice sheets that jut out from the continent of Antarctica were enormous and covered by grounded ice — ice that was fully attached … Continue reading

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Retracing Antarctica’s glacial past

More than 26,000 years ago, sea level was much lower than it is today partly because the ice sheets that jut out from the continent of Antarctica were enormous and covered by grounded ice — ice that was fully attached … Continue reading

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Fossil evidence of large flowering trees in N. America 15 millions years earlier

A newly discovered fossil suggests that large, flowering trees grew in North America by the Turonian age, showing that these large trees were part of the forest canopies there nearly 15 million years earlier than previously thought. Researchers found the … Continue reading

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Birds’ voiceboxes are odd ducks

Birds’ voiceboxes are in their chests instead of their throats like mammals and reptiles. Scientists aren’t sure how or why birds evolved these unique voiceboxes, but a new study sheds some light on how they came about. Similarities in the … Continue reading

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Ancient mice discovered by climate cavers

The fossils of two extinct mice species have been discovered in caves in tropical Queensland by scientists tracking environment changes. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves

Researchers estimates only 3 to 4 percent of recorded fossil locations from across the globe are currently accounted for in published scientific literature. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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What makes a mammal a mammal? Our spine, say scientists

Mammals are unique in many ways. We’re warm-blooded and agile in comparison with our reptilian relatives. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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