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Early Mammals News
July 12, 2020

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15-Foot-Long Skeleton of Extinct Dolphin Suggests Parallel Evolution Among Whales

A report offers a detailed description of the first nearly complete skeleton of an extinct large dolphin, discovered in what is now South Carolina. ...

Hints at Jaw Evolution Found in Marsupials and Monotremes

Infant marsupials and monotremes use a connection between their ear and jaw bones shortly after birth to enable them to drink their mothers' milk, new findings ...

New Extinct Family of Giant Wombat Relatives Discovered in Australian Desert

A giant marsupial that roamed prehistoric Australia 25 million years ago is so different from its wombat cousins that scientists have had to create a ...

Bizarre Saber-Tooth Predator from South America Was No Saber-Tooth Cat

A new study has shown that not all saber-tooths were fearsome ...
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One of Darwin's Evolution Theories Finally Proved

Scientists have proved one of Charles Darwin's theories of evolution for the first time -- nearly 140 years after his death. Researchers discovered mammal subspecies play a more important role ...

Mysterious Bone Circles Made from the Remains of Mammoths Reveal Clues About Ice Age

Mysterious bone circles made from the remains of dozens of mammoths have revealed clues about how ancient communities survived Europe's ice ...

Apes' Inner Ears Could Hide Clues to Evolutionary History of Hominoids

Studying the inner ear of apes and humans could uncover new information on our species' evolutionary relationships, suggests a new ...

Frozen Bird Turns out to Be 46,000-Year-Old Horned Lark

Scientists have recovered DNA from a well-preserved horned lark found in Siberian permafrost. The results can contribute to explaining the evolution of sub species, as well as how the mammoth steppe ...

Dog Domestication During Ice Age

Analysis of Paleolithic-era teeth from a 28,500-year-old fossil site in the Czech Republic provides supporting evidence for two groups of canids -- one dog-like and the other wolf-like - with ...

Reconstructing the Diet of Fossil Vertebrates

Paleodietary studies of the fossil record are impeded by a lack of reliable and unequivocal tracers. Scientists have now tested a new method, the isotope analysis of zinc isotopes from the tooth ...

How and When Spines Changed in Mammalian Evolution

Researchers compared modern and ancient animals to explore how mammalian vertebrae have evolved into sophisticated physical structures that can carry out multiple functions. The comparison between ...

The 'Firewalkers' of Karoo: Dinosaurs and Other Animals Left Tracks in a 'Land of Fire'

In southern Africa, dinosaurs and synapsids, a group of animals that includes mammals and their closest fossil relatives, survived in a 'land of fire' at the start of an Early Jurassic mass ...

A 'Pivotal' Moment for Understanding Whale Evolution

We could be getting closer to understanding how feeding behaviors in whales and dolphins have evolved over ...

Fossils of the Future to Mostly Consist of Humans, Domestic Animals

A paleontologist argues that the fossil record of mammals will provide a clear signal of the Anthropocene ...

Ancient Events Are Still Impacting Mammals Worldwide

In the first study of its kind, researchers have discovered that events from 20,000 years ago or more are still impacting the diversity and distribution of mammal species ...

A New Early Whale, Aegicetus Gehennae, and the Evolution of Modern Whale Locomotion

A newly discovered fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale ...

Untangling the Branches in the Mammal Tree of Life

Researchers have unveiled a complete overhaul of the way species data is brought together and analyzed to construct an evolutionary tree of life for mammals. It's aimed at giving scientists, ...

Not So Selfish After All -- Key Role of Transposable Elements in Mammalian Evolution

A scientist has revealed a key role for 'selfish' transposable elements in the evolution of the mammary gland, a defining feature of all ...

Extinct Giant Ape Directly Linked to the Living Orangutan

Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic material this old has ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mammals' Complex Spines Are Linked to High Metabolisms; We're Learning How They Evolved

Mammals' backbones are weird. They're much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first ...

Ancient Rhinos Roamed the Yukon

Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the ...

Did Early Mammals Turn to Night Life to Protect Their Sperm?

Humans are diurnal -- we are active in the day and sleep at night. But diurnalism is by far the exception rather the rule in mammals. About 250-230 million years ago, the mammalian ancestors, called ...

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