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Study of ancient climate suggests future warming could accelerate

The rate at which the planet warms in response to the ongoing buildup of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas could increase in the future, according to new simulations of a comparable warm period more than 50 million years ago. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems

Some fossil plants that lived in wetlands had fungi living in their roots, and others don’t. To understand why, scientists waded into modern wetlands and yanked up cattails to study the fungi living in their roots. They learned that cattail … Continue reading

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Jurassic fossil shows how early mammals could swallow like their modern descendants

The 165-million-year-old fossil of Microdocodon gracilis, a tiny, shrew-like animal, shows the earliest example of modern hyoid bones in mammal evolution. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Crocs’ climate clock: Ancient distribution of Crocs could reveal more about past climates

Underneath their tough exteriors, some crocodilians have a sensitive side that scientists could use to shine light on our ancient climate. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Earth’s oldest animals could take trips

New research settles a longstanding debate about whether the most ancient animal communities were deliberately mobile. It turns out they were, because they were hungry. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth

Researchers have found that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability — they could fly from birth. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago

Microbes could have performed oxygen-producing photosynthesis at least one billion years earlier in the history of the Earth than previously thought. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Newly described fossils could help reveal why some dinos got so big

A new, in-depth anatomical description of the best preserved specimens of a car-sized sauropod relative from North America could help paleontologists with unraveling the mystery of why some dinosaurs got so big. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Volcano ‘libraries’ could help plan for future volcanic crises

Crystals from the 2010 Eyjafjallaj√∂kull eruption have demonstrated a new way to recognize pre-eruption signals at Eyjafjallaj√∂kull and potentially other, similar volcanoes around the world. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient reptile Captorhinus could detach its tail to escape predator’s grasp

A new study shows how a group of small reptiles who lived 289 million years ago could detach their tails to escape the grasp of their would-be predators — the oldest known example of such behavior. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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