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Fossil fish gives new insights into evolution after end-Cretaceous mass extinction

An international research team has discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species. The find provides new insights into the evolution of these animals and sheds light on the recovery of … Continue reading

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Mysterious Jurassic crocodile identified 250 years after fossil find

A prehistoric crocodile that lived around 180 million years ago has been identified — almost 250 years after the discovery of it fossil remains. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave

Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton’s caracara from a flooded sinkhole on Great Abaco Island. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New species of dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in fossil vaults for 30 years

A PhD student in South Africa has discovered a new dinosaur species in the University’s vaults, after it has been laying misidentified in a collection for 30 years. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Evolution imposes ‘speed limit’ on recovery after mass extinctions

It takes at least 10 million years for life to fully recover after a mass extinction, a speed limit for the recovery of species diversity that is well known among scientists. Explanations for this apparent rule have usually invoked environmental … Continue reading

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Paleontology: Diversification after mass extinction

A team of paleontologists has identified three hitherto unknown fossil fish species in the Swiss Alps, which provide new insights into the diversification of the genus Eosemionotus. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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How predatory plankton created modern ecosystems after ‘Snowball Earth’

Around 635 to 720 million years ago, Earth was twice almost completely covered by ice. The question of how life survived these ‘Snowball Earth’ glaciations has puzzled scientists for many decades. Researchers have now found the first detailed glimpse of … Continue reading

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The idiosyncratic mammalian diversification after extinction of the dinosaurs

Researchers state that many mammals lineages coexisted with the dinosaurs before the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Although many species of mammals also disappeared in the extinction event, several lineages survived. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Most primitive kangaroo ancestor rediscovered after 30 years in obscurity

A handful of tiny teeth have led scientists to identify the most distant ancestor of today’s kangaroos. The fossils were found in the desert heart of Australia, and then hidden away, and almost forgotten in a museum collection for over … Continue reading

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Fossil orphans reunited with their mother and father after half a billion years

Everybody needs to be with their household over the vacations, however spare a thought for a gaggle of orphan fossils which were separated from their mother and father because the daybreak of animal evolution, over half a billion years in … Continue reading

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