Monthly Archives: April 2019

Human ancestors were ‘grounded:’ New analysis shows

African apes adapted to living on the ground, a finding that indicates human evolved from an ancestor not limited to tree or other elevated habitats. The analysis adds a new chapter to evolution, shedding additional light on what preceded human … Continue reading

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New fallout from ‘the collision that changed the world’

When India slammed into Asia, the collision changed the configuration of the continents, the landscape, global climate and more. Now scientists have identified one more effect: the oxygen in the world’s oceans increased, altering the conditions for life. They created … Continue reading

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Human settlements in Amazonia much older than previously thought

Humans settled in southwestern Amazonia and even experimented with agriculture much earlier than previously thought, according to an international team of researchers. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Holy Pleistocene Batman, the answer’s in the cave

Examining a 3-meter stack of bat feces has shed light on the landscape of the ancient continent of Sundaland. The research could help explain the biodiversity of present-day Borneo, Sumatra, and Java. It could also add to our understanding of … Continue reading

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Is one toe really better than three? How horse’ legs evolved for travel rather than speed

Palaeobiologists have uncovered new evidence that suggests that horses’ legs have adapted over time to be optimized for endurance travel, rather than speed. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years

An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal species. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and enormous piercing canine teeth, this massive … Continue reading

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Coelacanth reveals new insights into skull evolution

An international team of researchers presents the first observations of the development of the skull and brain in the living coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae. Their study provides new insights into the biology of this iconic animal and the evolution of the … Continue reading

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The Cerrado once connected the Andes with the Atlantic Rainforest

A genetic and computational analysis of birds suggests that the Andean and Atlantic tropical forests, which are now almost a thousand kilometers apart, were connected via the Cerrado in the distant past. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Small fossils with big applications: BP Gulf of Mexico time scale

Geologic time scales are critical to understanding the timing, duration, and connection of geologic events. They are not static, and can be improved with research, integration, and refinements realized from biostratigraphic repetitive analysis. Over the past century they have proven … Continue reading

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