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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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A face for Lucy’s ancestor

Researchers have discovered a remarkably complete 3.8-million-year-old cranium of Australopithecus anamensis at Woranso-Mille in Ethiopia. The 3.8 million-year-old fossil cranium represents a time interval between 4.1 and 3.6 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The ancestor of the great white shark

Mackerel sharks are a group consisting of some of the most iconic sharks we know, including the mako shark, the great white shark and Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark. Researchers found a unique feature in the teeth of these apex … Continue reading

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Australian blue tongue lizard ancestor was round-in-the-tooth

Reconstruction of the most complete fossil lizard found in Australia, a 15 million year old relative of our modern blue tongues and social skinks named Egernia gillespieae, reveals the creature was equipped with a robust crushing jaw and was remarkably … Continue reading

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Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor

By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators have identified, in the genome of Asian individuals, the footprint of a new hominid who cross bred with its ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Oldest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia

A new fossil analysis suggests the earliest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia, as previously thought. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New ancestor of modern sea turtles found in Alabama

A sea turtle discovered in Alabama is a new species from the Late Cretaceous epoch, according to a new study. 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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Final widespread ancestor of people and apes weighed about 5 kilograms

New analysis means that the final widespread ancestor of apes — together with nice apes and people — was a lot smaller than beforehand thought, concerning the measurement of a gibbon. The findings, revealed as we speak within the journal … Continue reading

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Bag-like sea creature was humans’ oldest known ancestor

Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans — a microscopic, bag-like sea creature, which lived about 540 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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