Monthly Archives: October 2018

Dinosaurs put all colored birds’ eggs in one basket, evolutionarily speaking

A new study says the colors found in modern birds’ eggs did not evolve independently, as previously thought, but evolved instead from dinosaurs. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Tiny beetle trapped in amber might show how landmasses shifted

Scientists have discovered a tiny fossil beetle trapped in amber. It’s three millimeters long, and it has a flat body and giant feathery antennae that it would have used to navigate under tree bark. And, since it was found in … Continue reading

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Study reconstructs Neanderthal ribcage, offers new clues to ancient human anatomy

Scientists have completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton unearthed to date. Using CT scans of fossils from an approximately 60,000-year-old male skeleton, researchers were able to create a 3D model of … Continue reading

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Earliest hominin migrations into the Arabian Peninsula required no novel adaptations

A new study suggests that early hominin dispersals beyond Africa did not involve adaptations to environmental extremes, such as to arid and harsh deserts. The discovery of stone tools and cut-marks on fossil animal remains at the site of Ti’s … Continue reading

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Ice-age climate clues unearthed

Scientist are working to improve climate models using paleoclimate proxies, indicators like chemical compounds in plants and microorganisms preserved in ancient lake sediments that hold rich data about past climate conditions on Earth. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish to shallow ocean waters

Coral reefs are envisioned as the seats of great biodiversity, but they may not be where all that diversity got its start. Paleobiologists reveal that the earliest fish may have diversified in shallower waters near shore. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New species of ‘missing link’ between dinosaurs and birds identified

Researchers have identified a new species of Archaeopteryx that is closer to modern birds in evolutionary terms. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Crater from asteroid that killed the dinosaurs reveals how broken rocks can flow like liquid

The same process that allows rock to flow like liquid during impact events allows ‘peak rings’ to form in large craters. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Oldest weapons ever discovered in North America pre-date Clovis

Researchers have discovered what are believed to be the oldest weapons ever found in North America: ancient spear points that are 15,500 years old. The findings raise new questions about the settlement of early peoples on the continent. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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Tortoise evolution: How did they become so big?

The evolution of giant tortoise might not be linked to islands, as had been previously thought. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers present the most comprehensive family tree of extinct and extant tortoises so far. Analyzing genetic and osteological data from … Continue reading

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