Monthly Archives: September 2019

New evidence of the Sahara’s age

The Sahara Desert is vast, generously dusty, and surprisingly shy about its age. New research looking into what appears to be dust that the Sahara blew over to the Canary Islands is providing the first direct evidence from dry land … Continue reading

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Dishing the dirt on an early man cave

Fossil animal droppings, charcoal from ancient fires and bone fragments litter the ground of one of the world’s most important human evolution sites, new research reveals. A team of scientists have used modern geoarchaeological techniques to unearth new details of … Continue reading

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Croc-like carnivores terrorized Triassic dinosaurs in southern Africa 210 million years ago

Giant, predatory croc-like animals that lived during the Triassic period in southern Africa preyed on early dinosaurs and mammal relatives 210 million years ago. These predators, known as ‘rauisuchians’ preyed on early herbivore dinosaurs and their mammal relatives living at … Continue reading

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T. rex used a stiff skull to eat its prey

A Tyrannosaurus rex could bite hard enough to shatter the bones of its prey. But how it accomplished this feat without breaking its own skull bones has baffled paleontologists. That’s why scientists are arguing that the T. rex’s skull was … Continue reading

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What color were fossil animals?

Scientists have evaluated fossil color reconstruction methods and proposed a new study framework that improves and expands current practice. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Tale of two climate crises gives clues to the present

Figuring out what lies ahead for our species and our planet is one of the most pressing and challenging tasks for climate scientists. While models are very useful, there is nothing quite like Earth’s history to reveal details about how … Continue reading

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Did mosasaurs do the breast stroke?

Mosasaurs were true sea monsters of late Cretaceous seas. These marine lizards — related to modern snakes and monitor lizards — grew as long as fifty feet, flashed two rows of sharp teeth, and shredded their victims with enormous, powerful … Continue reading

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One of world’s oldest bird species found in Waipara, New Zealand

The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, New Zealand. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Dust from a giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age

About 466 million years ago, long before the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth froze. The seas began to ice over at the Earth’s poles, and new species evolved with the new temperatures. The cause of this ice age was … Continue reading

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Anthropologist contributes to major study of large animal extinction

Anthropologist contributed a large, multi-institutional study explaining how the human-influenced mass extinction of giant carnivores and herbivores of North America fundamentally changed the biodiversity and landscape of the continent. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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