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Researchers unearth ‘new’ mass-extinction

A team of scientists has concluded that earth experienced a previously underestimated severe mass-extinction event, which occurred about 260 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers

Eumelanin — a natural pigment found for instance in human eyes — has, for the first time, been identified in the fossilized compound eyes of 54-million-year-old crane-flies. It was previously assumed that melanic screening pigments did not exist in arthropods. … Continue reading

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Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia

Researchers describe the largest example of a Devonian forest, made up of 250,000 square meters of fossilized lycopsid trees, which was recently discovered in China’s Anhui province. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient plankton help researchers predict near-future climate

Temperature data inferred from plankton fossils from the Pliocene, an era with CO2 levels similar to today’s, allowed a team to rectify discrepancies between climate models and other proxy temperature measurements. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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In a first, researchers identify reddish coloring in an ancient fossil

Researchers have for the first time detected chemical traces of red pigment in an ancient fossil — an exceptionally well-preserved mouse, not unlike today’s field mice, that roamed the fields of what is now the German village of Willershausen around … Continue reading

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Researchers uncover new clues to surviving extinction

‘Great Dying’ extinction survivors appear to have shared many of the same ecological roles as their predecessors, with one catch — there was a surge in the number of individuals with more modern traits. These hardy stand-outs did a better … Continue reading

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Rare intermediate fossils give researchers insight into evolution of bird-like dinosaur

An international team of researchers has discovered new species of alvarezsaurs, an enigmatic group of dinosaurs that share many characteristics with birds. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New standards for ancient protein studies set forth by multi-national group of researchers

A team of researchers from institutions at the leading edge of the new field of palaeoproteomics have published guidelines to provide it with a firm foundation. Ancient proteins are used to study everything from extinct species to ancient human diets … Continue reading

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Researchers pose revolutionary theory on horse evolution

While it is largely believed that horses simply evolved with fewer digits, researchers pose a new theory that suggests remnants of all five toes are still present within the hooves of the horse. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Historic preen oil: Researchers uncover forty eight-million-yr-previous lipids in a fossil fowl

As a rule, delicate elements don’t stand up to the ravages of time; therefore, nearly all of vertebrate fossils consist solely of bones. Beneath these circumstances, a brand new discovery from the UNESCO World Heritage Website “Messel Pit” close to … Continue reading

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