Category Archives: Paleontology

‘Ghost’ footprints from Pleistocene era revealed by radar tech

Invisible footprints hiding since the end of the last ice age — and what lies beneath them — have been discovered by researchers using a special type of radar in a novel way. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New fossil pushes back physical evidence of insect pollination to 99 million years ago

Researchers have pushed back the first-known physical evidence of insect flower pollination to 99 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous period. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mammals’ complex spines are linked to high metabolisms; we’re learning how they evolved

Mammals’ backbones are weird. They’re much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first place. They discovered that the process was marked by big, … Continue reading

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Fossil suggests apes, old world monkeys moved in opposite directions from shared ancestor

In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys — a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques — are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study suggests that as far as … Continue reading

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Exceptional fossils may need a breath of air to form

New research has found that a long held belief by paleontologists about the fossilization process may be wrong. The team has found that while low oxygen environments set the stage, it takes air to catalyze the fossilization process. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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Discriminating diets of meat-eating dinosaurs

A big problem with dinosaurs is that there seem to be too many meat-eaters. From studies of modern animals, there is a feeding pyramid, with plants at the bottom, then plant-eaters, and then meat-eaters at the top. Paleontology News — … Continue reading

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Climate models and geology reveal new insights into the East Asian monsoon

A team of scientists have used climate models and geological records to better understand changes in the East Asian monsoon over long geologic time scales. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient rhinos roamed the Yukon

Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the Yukon. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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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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