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An ancient snake’s cheekbone sheds light on evolution of modern snake skulls

Palaeontologists adds a new piece to the puzzle of snake evolution. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mutated ferns shed light on ancient mass extinction

At the end of the Triassic around 201 million years ago, three out of four species on Earth disappeared. Up until now, scientists believed the cause of the catastrophe to be the onset of large-scale volcanism resulting in abrupt climate … Continue reading

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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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Paleontology: New light on cichlid evolution in Africa

Researchers have developed an integrative approach to the classification of fossil cichlids and have identified the oldest known member of the tribe Oreochromini. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Paleontology: New light on cichlid evolution in Africa

A collaborative research project has developed an integrative approach to the classification of fossil cichlids, and identified the oldest known member of the Tribe Oreochromini. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Flowering plants, new teeth and no dinosaurs: New study sheds light on the rise of mammals

A new study has identified three factors critical in the rise of mammal communities since they first emerged during the Age of Dinosaurs: the rise of flowering plants; the evolution of tribosphenic molars in mammals; and the extinction of non-avian … Continue reading

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Jurassic crocodile discovery sheds light on reptiles’ family tree

A 150 million-year-old fossil has been identified as a previously unseen species of ancient crocodile that developed a tail fin and paddle-like limbs for life in the sea. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Hepatitis B virus sheds light on ancient human population movements into Australia

Australian researchers have used hepatitis B virus genome sequences to deduce that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59,000 years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New findings shed light on origin of upright walking in human ancestors

The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs – a trait known as bipedalism. Among mammals, only humans and our ancestors perform this atypical balancing act. New research provides evidence … Continue reading

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New light shed on what drove last, long-term global climate shift

The quest to discover what drove the last, long-term global climate shift on Earth, which took place around a million years ago, has taken a new, revealing twist. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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