Monthly Archives: October 2019

Preserved pollen tells the history of floodplains

Fossil pollen can help reconstruct the past and predict the future. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The homeland of modern humans

A landmark study pinpoints the birthplace of modern humans in southern Africa and suggests how past climate shifts drove their first migration. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mutated ferns shed light on ancient mass extinction

At the end of the Triassic around 201 million years ago, three out of four species on Earth disappeared. Up until now, scientists believed the cause of the catastrophe to be the onset of large-scale volcanism resulting in abrupt climate … Continue reading

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Strong winter dust storms may have caused the collapse of the Akkadian Empire

Fossil coral records provide new evidence that frequent winter shamals, or dust storms, and a prolonged cold winter season contributed to the collapse of the ancient Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New study on early human fire acquisition squelches debate

Fire starting is a skill that many modern humans struggle with in the absence of a lighter or matches. The earliest humans likely harvested fire from natural sources, yet when our ancestors learned the skills to set fire at will, … Continue reading

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Did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of ice-age animals?

Based on research at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina, archaeologists present new evidence of a controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to Earth almost 13,000 years ago caused the extinction of many large animals and a probable … Continue reading

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Insect evolution during the Eocene epoch

Scientists have shown that the incidence of midge and fly larvae in amber is far higher than previously thought. The new finds shed light on insect evolution and the ecology in the Baltic amber forest during the Eocene epoch. Paleontology … Continue reading

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Massive fangs and a death crush: How a 370 million year old tetrapod hunted and killed

The habits of a needle-toothed tetrapod which lived more than 370 million years ago have filled in a piece of the evolutionary puzzle after an international team of palaeontologists pieced together fossilized skeletons and found unusual characteristics such as a … Continue reading

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New study underpins the idea of a sudden impact killing off dinosaurs and much of the other life

Fossil remains of tiny calcareous algae not only provide information about the end of the dinosaurs, but also show how the oceans recovered after the fatal asteroid impact. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Butterflies and plants evolved in sync, but moth ‘ears’ predated bats

A new study cross-examines classic hypotheses about the coevolution of butterflies with flowering plants and moths with bats, their key predators. The findings show flowering plants did drive much of these insects’ diversity, but in a surprise twist, multiple moth … Continue reading

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