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Carbon emissions from volcanic rocks can create global warming

Greenhouse gas emissions released directly from the movement of volcanic rocks are capable of creating massive global warming effects — a discovery which could transform the way scientists predict climate change, a new study reveals. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Gulf of Mexico coral reefs to protect from storm surge in the future — But will they?

Researchers used 120,000-year-old fossils to predict how Gulf of Mexico coral reefs will respond to climate change toward the end of this century. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Early dispersal for quadrupedal cetaceans: Amphibious whale from middle Eocene

Scientists have a relatively precise idea about where whales and their closest terrestrial relatives evolved more than 50 million years ago (early Eocene), thanks to the discovery of ancient cetacean fossils in India and Pakistan. Around 45 million years ago, … Continue reading

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‘Ghost’ footprints from Pleistocene era revealed by radar tech

Invisible footprints hiding since the end of the last ice age — and what lies beneath them — have been discovered by researchers using a special type of radar in a novel way. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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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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Meet Siamraptor suwati, a new species of giant predatory dinosaur from Thailand

Fossils discovered in Thailand represent a new genus and species of predatory dinosaur, according to a new study. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Meet the ‘mold pigs,’ a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago

Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery that shows unique lineages of the tiny creatures were living 30 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Dust from a giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age

About 466 million years ago, long before the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth froze. The seas began to ice over at the Earth’s poles, and new species evolved with the new temperatures. The cause of this ice age was … Continue reading

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Deducing the scale of tsunamis from the ’roundness’ of deposited gravel

Scientists have found a link between the ’roundness’ distribution of tsunami deposits and how far tsunamis reach inland. They sampled the ’roundness’ of gravel from different tsunamis in Koyadori, Japan, and found a common, abrupt change in composition approximately 40% … Continue reading

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Dinosaur brains from baby to adult

New research sheds light on how the braincase of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus developed and what this reveals about its posture. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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