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New study on early human fire acquisition squelches debate

Fire starting is a skill that many modern humans struggle with in the absence of a lighter or matches. The earliest humans likely harvested fire from natural sources, yet when our ancestors learned the skills to set fire at will, … Continue reading

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New study underpins the idea of a sudden impact killing off dinosaurs and much of the other life

Fossil remains of tiny calcareous algae not only provide information about the end of the dinosaurs, but also show how the oceans recovered after the fatal asteroid impact. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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What did ancient crocodiles eat? Study says as much as a snout can grab

To study the diet of ancient crocodiles, two researchers combined mathematical analyses of the animals’ shapes, surveys of modern crocodiles’ diet, modeling methods for reconstructing the diet of fossil groups, and forensic-style interpretations of damaged bones from the distant past. … Continue reading

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Anthropologist contributes to major study of large animal extinction

Anthropologist contributed a large, multi-institutional study explaining how the human-influenced mass extinction of giant carnivores and herbivores of North America fundamentally changed the biodiversity and landscape of the continent. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Study of ancient climate suggests future warming could accelerate

The rate at which the planet warms in response to the ongoing buildup of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas could increase in the future, according to new simulations of a comparable warm period more than 50 million years ago. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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T. Rex had an air conditioner in its head, study suggests

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists who are challenging over a century of previous beliefs. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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A new normal: Study explains universal pattern in fossil record

Instead of the typical bell-shaped curve, the fossil record shows a fat-tailed distribution, with extreme, outlier, events occurring with higher-than-expected probability. Using the same mathematical tools that describe stock market crashes, scientists explain the evolutionary dynamics that give rise to … Continue reading

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Statistical study finds it unlikely South African fossil species is ancestral to humans

Paleontologists finds that it is unlikely that a two-million-year-old, apelike fossil from South Africa is a direct ancestor of Homo, the genus to which modern-day humans belong. 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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Alligator study reveals insight into dinosaur hearing

A biologist finds alligators build neural maps of sound the way birds do, suggesting the hearing strategy existed in their common ancestor, the dinosaurs. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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