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First an alga, then a squid, enigmatic fossil is actually a fish

A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified — first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod — has been reinterpreted as the preserved remains of a large cartilaginous fish, the group that includes … Continue reading

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Fossil study sheds light on ancient butterfly wing colors

Pioneering new research has given an illuminating new insight into the metallic, iridescent colors found on the earliest known ancestors of moths and butterflies, which inhabited the Earth almost 200 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Extinct monitor lizard had four eyes, fossil evidence shows

Researchers have evidence that an extinct species of monitor lizard had four eyes, a first among known jawed vertebrates. Today, only the jawless lampreys have four eyes. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Decade of fossil collecting gives new perspective on Triassic period, emergence of dinosaurs

A project spanning countries, years and institutions has attempted to reconstruct what the southern end of the world looked like during the Triassic period, 252 to 199 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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127-million-year-old baby bird fossil sheds light on avian evolution

The tiny fossil of a prehistoric baby bird is helping scientists understand how early avians came into the world in the Age of Dinosaurs. The fossil, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era (250-65 million years ago), is a chick … Continue reading

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Geologists solve fossil mystery by creating 3-D ‘virtual tour’ through rock

With an industrial grinder and some creative additions, geoscientists can transform rocks into three-dimensional digital landscapes that scientists can examine from any angle.  Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Scientists discover oldest known modern human fossil outside of Africa

A large international research team has discovered the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. The finding suggests that modern humans left the continent at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Rare 450-million-year-old ‘cone-shaped’ fossil discovery

Researchers have discover a unique fossil of a mysterious creature from the Ordovician period. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New Eocene fossil data suggest climate models may underestimate future polar warming

A new international analysis of marine fossils shows that warming of the polar oceans during the Eocene, a greenhouse period that provides a glimpse of Earth’s potential future climate, was greater than previously thought. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur ‘fossil’ in your own home

The digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, Massospondylus, has made it possible for researchers to make 3-D prints and in this way facilitate research on other dinosaurs all over the world. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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