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Preserved pollen tells the history of floodplains

Fossil pollen can help reconstruct the past and predict the future. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Evolutionary history of oaks

Oaks have a complex evolutionary history that has long eluded scientists. New research, however, provides the most detailed account to date of the evolution of oaks, recovering the 56-million-year history that has made the oaks one of the most diverse, … Continue reading

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A rocky relationship: A history of Earth’s continents breaking up and getting back together

A new study of rocks that formed billions of years ago lends fresh insight into how Earth’s plate tectonics, or the movement of large pieces of Earth’s outer shell, evolved over the planet’s 4.56-billion-year history. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Argentine fossils take oak and beech family history far into Southern Hemisphere

One of the world’s most important plant families has a history extending much farther south than any live or fossil specimen previously recorded, as shown by chinquapin fruit and leaf fossils unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina, according to researchers. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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Deep history of archaic humans in southern Siberia

Scientists have identified the earliest evidence of some of the first known humans — Denisovans and Neanderthals, in southern Siberia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Primates of the Caribbean: Ancient DNA reveals history of mystery monkey

Analysis of ancient DNA of a mysterious extinct monkey named Xenothrix — which displays bizarre body characteristics very different to any living monkey — has revealed that it was in fact most closely related to South America’s titi monkeys (Callicebinae). … Continue reading

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Newly discovered armored dinosaur from Utah reveals intriguing family history

Fossils of a new genus and species of an ankylosaurid dinosaur — Akainacephalus johnsoni — have been unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, USA, and are revealing new details about the diversity and evolution of this group … Continue reading

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Ancient Moroccan dental remains elucidate history of long-lost African fauna

Long before rhinoceros, giraffes, hippos, and antelopes roamed the African savannah, a group of large and highly specialized mammals known as embrithopods inhabited the continent. The most well known is Arsinoitherium, an animal that looked much like a rhinoceros but … Continue reading

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Applying network analysis to natural history

By using network analysis to search for communities of marine life in the fossil records of the Paleobiology Database, biologists were able to quantify the ecological impacts of major events like mass extinctions and may help us anticipate the consequences … Continue reading

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Diving deep into the blue whale genome reveals the animals’ extraordinary evolutionary history

For the first time, scientists have deciphered the complete genome of the blue whale and three other rorquals. These insights now allow tracking the evolutionary history of the worlds’ largest animal and its relatives in unprecedented detail. Surprisingly, the genomes … Continue reading

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