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Anthropologist contributes to major study of large animal extinction

Anthropologist contributed a large, multi-institutional study explaining how the human-influenced mass extinction of giant carnivores and herbivores of North America fundamentally changed the biodiversity and landscape of the continent. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient animal species: Fossils dating back 550 million years among first animal trails

A geoscientist calls the unearthed fossils, including the bodies and trails left by an ancient animal species, the most convincing sign of ancient animal mobility, dating back about 550 million years. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Permian lizard-like animal suffered from a bone condition similar to Paget’s disease

A lizard-like animal that lived 289 million years ago suffered from a bone condition similar to Paget’s disease, according to a new study. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Oxygen linked with the boom and bust of early animal evolution

Extreme fluctuations in atmospheric oxygen levels corresponded with evolutionary surges and extinctions in animal biodiversity during the Cambrian explosion, finds a new study. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mystery shrouding oldest animal fossils solved

Scientists have discovered that 558 million-year-old Dickinsonia fossils do not reveal all of the features of the earliest known animals, which potentially had mouths and guts. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient records prompt rethink of animal evolution timeline

Scientists are rethinking a major milestone in animal evolution, after gaining fresh insights into how life on Earth diversified millions of years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Deep-time evolution of animal life on islands

A new article describes two new fossil relatives of marsupials that shed light on how a unique island ecosystem evolved some 43 million years ago during the Eocene. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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This curious animal grew larger over time — but its brain didn’t quite keep up

The ancestor of the modern day mountain beaver had a larger relative brain size, offering a rare example of brain size decrease over time. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Two new creatures discovered from dawn of animal life

Earth’s first complex animals were an eclectic bunch that lived in the shallow oceans between 580-540 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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