Monthly Archives: January 2020

A chronicle of giant straight-tusked elephants

About 800,000 years ago, the giant straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon migrated out of Africa and became widespread across Europe and Asia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Human ancestors may have eaten hard plant tissues without damaging teeth

Hard plant foods may have made up a larger part of early human ancestors’ diet than currently presumed, according to a new experimental study of modern tooth enamel. The results have implications for reconstructing diet, and for our interpretation of … Continue reading

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Human ancestors started biodiversity decline millions of years ago

The human-caused biodiversity decline started much earlier than researchers used to believe. According to a new study the process was not started by our own species but by some of our ancestors. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New feathered dinosaur shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds

A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how they differed from birds. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Scientists find oldest-known fossilized digestive tract — 550 million years

An analysis of tubular fossils provides evidence of a 550-million-year-old digestive tract — one of the oldest known examples of fossilized internal anatomical structures — and reveals what scientists believe is a possible answer to the question of how these … Continue reading

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A ‘pivotal’ moment for understanding whale evolution

We could be getting closer to understanding how feeding behaviors in whales and dolphins have evolved over time. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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100 million years in amber: Researchers discover oldest fossilized slime mold

Most people associate the idea of creatures trapped in amber with insects or spiders, which are preserved lifelike in fossil tree resin. An international research team of paleontologists and biologists has now discovered the oldest slime mold identified to date. … Continue reading

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Researchers learn more about teen-age T.Rex

A team studied two mid-sized tyrannosaur skeletons and concluded they were in fact teenage T.Rex and not a new pygmy species. They also studied the interior of the leg bones to determine age and how the dinosaurs grew and matured. … Continue reading

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How fish fins evolved just before the transition to land

Research on fossilized fish details the evolution of fins as they began to transition into limbs fit for walking on land. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Tucson 2020 is Fast Approaching

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