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Extinct lakes of the American desert west

The vestiges of lakes long extinct dot the landscape of the American desert west. These fossilized landforms provide clues of how dynamic climate has been over the past few million years. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Stagnation in the South Pacific

A team led by geochemist has discovered important evidence that the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the end of the last ice age was triggered by changes in the Antarctic Ocean. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs might be predicted from that of ground-running birds

A new model based on ground-running birds could predict locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs based on their speed and body size, according to a new study. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Plants colonized Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought

A new study on the timescale of plant evolution has concluded that the first plants to colonize the Earth originated around 500 million years ago — 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Did humans domesticate themselves?

Human ‘self-domestication’ is a hypothesis that states that among the driving forces of human evolution, humans selected their companions depending on who had a more pro-social behavior. Researchers have found new genetic evidence for this evolutionary process. Paleontology News — … Continue reading

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Tiny fossils, huge landslides: Are diatoms the key to Earth’s biggest slides?

The biggest landslides on Earth aren’t on land, but on the seafloor. These mega-slides can move thousands of cubic kilometers of material, and sometimes trigger tsunamis. Yet, remarkably, they occur on nearly flat slopes of less than three degrees. Paleontology … Continue reading

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