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September 28, 2020

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Sentinels of Ocean Acidification Impacts Survived Earth's Last Mass Extinction

Two groups of tiny, delicate marine organisms, sea butterflies and sea angels, were found to be surprisingly resilient -- having survived dramatic ...

Y Chromosomes of Neanderthals and Denisovans Now Sequenced

An international research team led by Martin Petr and Janet Kelso of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has determined Y chromosome sequences of three ...

Jaws of Death: Paleontologist Renames Giant, Prehistoric Marine Lizard

Paleontologists describe a new genus of mosasaur, Gnathomortis stadtmani, a marine lizard that roamed the oceans of North America toward the end of the Age of ...

Living in an Anoxic World: Microbes Using Arsenic Are a Link to Early Life

Much of life on planet Earth today relies on oxygen to exist, but before oxygen was present on our blue planet, lifeforms likely used arsenic ...
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Fossil Growth Reveals Insights Into the Climate

Panthasaurus maleriensis is an ancestor of today's amphibians and has been considered the most puzzling representative of the Metoposauridae. Paleontologists examined the fossil's bone ...

Ancient Bony Fish Forces Rethink of How Sharks Evolved

Sharks' non-bony skeletons were thought to be the template before bony internal skeletons evolved, but a new fossil discovery suggests ...

A new study has revealed the size of the legendary giant shark Megalodon, including fins that are as large as an adult ...

Graduate Student Names New Trace Fossil Discovered During Coursework

An intriguing fossil find has revealed fossilized tracks of a newly discovered wood-boring organism in a new ...

Earliest Fossil Evidence of an Insect Lichen Mimic

Scientists have uncovered the earliest known evidence of an insect mimicking a lichen as a survival ...

Radiocarbon Dating and CT Scans Reveal Bronze Age Tradition of Keeping Human Remains

Using radiocarbon dating and CT scanning to study ancient bones, researchers have uncovered for the first time a Bronze Age tradition of retaining and curating human remains as relics over several ...

Fossil Trees on Peru's Central Andean Plateau Tell a Tale of Dramatic Environmental Change

The anatomy of plant fossils including an enormous tree that grew 10 million years ago in the now arid, high-elevation Central Andean Plateau calls current paleoclimate models into question, ...

Early Cambrian Fossil: Bizarre Half-Billion-Year-Old Worm With Tentacles Solves Evolutionary Mystery

A half-a-billion years old fossil species of marine animal sheds light on how the anatomies of the two main types of an animal group called the hemichordates are related, and provides new evidence in ...

Newly Discovered Rare Dinosaur Embryos Show Sauropods Had Rhino-Like Horns

An incredibly rare dinosaur embryo discovered perfectly preserved inside its egg has shown scientists new details of the development and appearance of sauropods which lived 80 million years ...

Fossil Evidence of 'Hibernation-Like' State in 250-Million-Year-Old Antarctic Animal

Scientists report evidence of a hibernation-like state in Lystrosaurus, an animal that lived in Antarctica during the Early Triassic, some 250 million years ago. The fossils are the oldest evidence ...

Using Math to Examine the Sex Differences in Dinosaurs

When you only have fossils to go off of, it's hard to tell which dinosaur traits, like size and ornamentation, are related to the animals' sex, and which traits are related to other things ...

Catching Genes from Chlamydiae Allowed Complex Life to Live Without Oxygen

Researchers has discovered a new group of Chlamydiae - named the Anoxychlamydiales - living under the ocean floor without oxygen. These have genes that allow them to survive without oxygen while ...

Life in a Nutshell: New Species Found in the Carapace of Late Cretaceous Marine Turtle

Scientists have identified a new ichnospecies from the shell of an extinct marine turtle fossil, the first known species coexisting on living marine ...

Fossils Reveal Diversity of Animal Life Roaming Europe 2 Million Years Ago

A re-analysis of fossils from one of Europe's most significant paleontological sites reveals a wide diversity of animal species, including a large terrestrial monkey, short-necked giraffe, ...

How Dinosaur Research Can Help Medicine

The intervertebral discs connect the vertebrae and give the spine its mobility. The disc consists of a cartilaginous fibrous ring and a gelatinous core as a buffer. It has always been assumed that ...

New Species of Cretaceous Brittle Star Named in Honor of Nightwish Vocalist

Palaeontologists have discovered a previously unknown species of brittle star that lived in the shallow, warm sea which covered parts of the present-day Netherlands at the end of the Dinosaur Era. ...

Cliff Collapse Reveals 313-Million-Year-Old Fossil Footprints in Grand Canyon National Park

Paleontological research has confirmed a series of recently discovered fossils tracks are the oldest recorded tracks of their kind to date within Grand Canyon National Park. In 2016, a geology ...

Animal Mummies Unwrapped With Hi-Res 3D X-Rays

Three mummified animals from ancient Egypt have been digitally unwrapped and dissected by researchers, using high-resolution 3D scans that give unprecedented detail about the animals' lives -- ...

Past Rapid Warming Levels in the Arctic Associated With Widespread Climate Changes

Using Greenland ice cores, new research is the first to confirm the longstanding assumption that climate changes between the tropics and the Arctic were synchronized during the last glacial ...

Dinosaurs' Unique Bone Structure Key to Carrying Weight

A unique collaboration between paleontologists, mechanical engineers and biomedical engineers revealed that the trabecular bone structure of hadrosaurs and several other dinosaurs is uniquely capable ...

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