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Survival strategy found in living corals which was only seen in fossil records

Some corals can recover after massive mortality episodes caused by the water temperature rise. This survival mechanism in the marine environment — known as rejuvenation — had only been described in some fossil corals so far. A new study reveals … Continue reading

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Arthropods formed orderly lines 480 million years ago

Researchers studied fossilized Moroccan Ampyx trilobites, which lived 480 million years ago and showed that the trilobites had probably been buried in their positions — all oriented in the same direction. Scientists deduced that these Ampyx processions may illustrate a … Continue reading

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Paleontologists discover complete Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen

The discovery of a nearly complete dromaeosaurid Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen is providing critical information for the evolution of theropod dinosaurs, according to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Huge dinosaurs evolved different cooling systems to combat heat stroke

Different dinosaur groups independently evolved gigantic body sizes, but they all faced the same problems of overheating and damaging their brains. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The brain does not follow the head

The human brain is about three times the size of the brains of great apes. This has to do, among other things, with the evolution of novel brain structures that enabled complex behaviors such as language and tool production. A … Continue reading

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Did early mammals turn to night life to protect their sperm?

Humans are diurnal — we are active in the day and sleep at night. But diurnalism is by far the exception rather the rule in mammals. About 250-230 million years ago, the mammalian ancestors, called the therapsids, became exclusively nocturnal, … Continue reading

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Examining age, sustainability of fossil aquifers in Arabian Peninsula

What does the presence of 1,000 year old water mean for the future of water supplies under the desert regions of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates? New research has sought to identify how much … Continue reading

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Evolutionary history of oaks

Oaks have a complex evolutionary history that has long eluded scientists. New research, however, provides the most detailed account to date of the evolution of oaks, recovering the 56-million-year history that has made the oaks one of the most diverse, … Continue reading

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Throwback

Good grief……obviously the sun tan from Hawaii did not take….and check out Wayne with hair!! This is the famous “Mojave Nugget” which we purchased so many years ago and is now at home at the Natural History Museum of Los … Continue reading

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Naica Mine

These photos are stock photos from a Naica city website – they are not my photos. I had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the caves and get up close and personal with this magnificent location. I drove 6 … Continue reading

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