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Newborn insects trapped in amber show first evidence of how to crack an egg

Fossilised newborns, egg shells, and egg bursters preserved together in amber provide the first direct evidence of how insects hatched in deep time, according to a new article. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Explaining differences in rates of evolution

Scientists look to fossils and evolutionary trees to help determine the rate of evolution — albeit with conflicting results. A new model has helped to resolve these contradictions. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The oldest large-sized predatory dinosaur comes from the Italian Alps

Early Jurassic predatory dinosaurs are very rare, and mostly small in size. Saltriovenator zanellai, a new genus and species is the oldest known ceratosaurian, and the world’s largest (1 ton) predatory dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic (Sinemurian, ~198 Mya). Paleontology … Continue reading

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New light shed on what drove last, long-term global climate shift

The quest to discover what drove the last, long-term global climate shift on Earth, which took place around a million years ago, has taken a new, revealing twist. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The idiosyncratic mammalian diversification after extinction of the dinosaurs

Researchers state that many mammals lineages coexisted with the dinosaurs before the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Although many species of mammals also disappeared in the extinction event, several lineages survived. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Some prehistoric horses were homebodies

A strontium analysis of fossilized horse teeth from Florida found that the animals did not travel far from where they were born. Researchers also found evidence that prehistoric horses fed along the coast like wild horses do today at places … Continue reading

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450 fossilized millipedes found in 100-million-year-old amber

Over 450 millipedes, fossilized in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber, were recently discovered by a research team. Using micro-CT technology, the scientists identified 13 out of the 16 main groups of modern millipedes amongst them. For half of these groups, the findings … Continue reading

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Spectacular flying reptiles soared over Britain’s tropical Jurassic past

Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Why is sea level rising faster in some places along the US East Coast than others?

Sea levels are rising globally from ocean warming and melting of land ice, but the seas aren’t rising at the same rate everywhere. Sea levels have risen significantly faster in some US East Coast regions compared to others. A new … Continue reading

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