Monthly Archives: January 2019

Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica

Scientists have discovered the fossils of an iguana-sized reptile, which they named ‘Antarctic king,’ that lived at the South Pole 250 million years ago (it used to be warmer). Antarctanax was an early cousin of the dinosaurs, and it shows … Continue reading

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Ancient Mongolian skull is the earliest modern human yet found in the region

A much debated ancient human skull from Mongolia has been dated and genetically analyzed, showing that it is the earliest modern human yet found in the region, according to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Deep history of archaic humans in southern Siberia

Scientists have identified the earliest evidence of some of the first known humans — Denisovans and Neanderthals, in southern Siberia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The 210-million-year-old Smok was crushing bones like a hyena

Coprolites, or fossil droppings, of the dinosaur-like archosaur Smok wawelski contain lots of chewed-up bone fragments. This led researchers to conclude that this top predator was exploiting bones for salt and marrow, a behavior often linked to mammals but seldom … Continue reading

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Long-necked dinosaurs rotated their forefeet to the side

Long-necked dinosaurs (sauropods) could orient their forefeet both forward and sideways. The orientation of their feet depended on the speed and center of mass of the animals. An international team of researchers investigated numerous dinosaur footprints in Morocco at the … Continue reading

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Molecular analysis of anchiornis feather gives clues to origin of flight

Researchers have performed molecular analysis on fossil feathers from a small, feathered dinosaur from the Jurassic. Their research could aid scientists in pinpointing when feathers evolved the capacity for flight during the dinosaur-bird transition. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Humans colonized diverse environments in Southeast Asia and Oceania during the Pleistocene

Investigations into what it means to be human have often focused on attempts to uncover the earliest material traces of ‘art’, ‘language’, or technological ‘complexity’. More recently, scholars have begun to argue that more attention should be paid to the … Continue reading

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A reptile platypus from the early Triassic

No animal alive today looks quite like a duckbilled platypus, but about 250 million years ago something very similar swam the shallow seas in what is now China, finding prey by touch with a cartilaginous bill. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Crocodiles have complex past

A new study offers a different version to the evolutionary past of modern-day crocodiles and alligators. The study says crocodiles and alligators came from a variety of surroundings beginning in the early Jurassic Period, and various species occupied a host … Continue reading

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Ancient climate change triggered warming that lasted thousands of years

A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years, according to scientists. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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