Monthly Archives: May 2019

In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Early humans used northern migration routes to reach eastern Asia

Northern and Central Asia have been neglected in studies of early human migration, with deserts and mountains being considered uncompromising barriers. However, a new study argues that humans may have moved through these extreme settings in the past under wetter … Continue reading

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Thai dinosaur is a cousin of T. rex

Scientists have identified two new dinosaur species. They analyzed fossil finds that were already discovered 30 years ago in Thailand. Both species are distant relatives of T. rex, but with a somewhat more primitive structure. They were efficient predators. Paleontology … Continue reading

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Fossil zooplankton indicate that marine ecosystems have entered the Anthropocene

New research shows that the associations of marine plankton in the present are markedly different from those of pre-industrial times. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Exploring the origins of the apple

Apples originally evolved in the wild to entice ancient megafauna to disperse their seeds. More recently, humans began spreading the trees along the Silk Road with other familiar crops. Dispersing the apple trees led to their domestication. Paleontology News — … Continue reading

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In a first, researchers identify reddish coloring in an ancient fossil

Researchers have for the first time detected chemical traces of red pigment in an ancient fossil — an exceptionally well-preserved mouse, not unlike today’s field mice, that roamed the fields of what is now the German village of Willershausen around … Continue reading

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Museum volunteers discover new species of extinct heron at North Florida fossil site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn’t made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously unknown genus and species, the heron has been … Continue reading

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Bedbugs evolved more than 100 million years ago

Bedbugs — some of the most unwanted human bed-mates — have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Dolphin ancestor’s hearing was more like hoofed mammals than today’s sea creatures

Paleontologists are looking into the evolutionary origins of the whistles and squeaks that dolphins and porpoises make — part of the rare echolocation ability that allows them to effectively navigate their dark environment. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, research on teeth shows

Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based estimates, according to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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