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New light shed on demise of two extinct New Zealand songbirds

They may not have been seen for the past 50 and 110 years, but an international study into their extinction has provided answers to how the world lost New Zealand’s South Island kokako and huia. 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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Some extinct crocs were vegetarians

Based on careful study of fossilized teeth, scientists have found that multiple ancient groups of crocodyliforms — the group including living and extinct relatives of crocodiles and alligators — were not the carnivores we know today. Evidence suggests that a … Continue reading

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In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Museum volunteers discover new species of extinct heron at North Florida fossil site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn’t made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously unknown genus and species, the heron has been … Continue reading

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Ancient extinct sloth tooth in Belize tells story of creature’s last year

Some 27,000 years ago in central Belize, a giant sloth was thirsty. It eventually found water in a deep sinkhole, but it was the creature’s last drink. A new analysis of its tooth offers insight into the landscape it inhabited … Continue reading

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Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird — the now extinct adzebill — showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies

The oddly shaped skull of Leptarctus primus, an extinct weasel relative that lived in North America and Asia about 20 million years ago, has long led to conflicting theories about its diet. But new biomechanical models show that Leptarctus was … Continue reading

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Giant ‘megalodon’ shark extinct earlier than previously thought

‘Megalodon’ — a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies — likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. This is a substantial adjustment as it means … Continue reading

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First-ever look at complete skeleton of Thylacoleo, Australia’s extinct ‘marsupial lion’

Thyalacoleo carnifex, the ‘marsupial lion’ of Pleistocene Australia, was an adept hunter that got around with the help of a strong tail, according to a new study. These insights come after newly discovered remains, including one nearly complete fossil specimen, … Continue reading

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