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September 29, 2020

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Naked Prehistoric Monsters! Evidence That Prehistoric Flying Reptiles Probably Had Feathers Refuted

Pterosaur experts have examined the evidence that these creatures had feathers and believe they were in fact ...

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 ...

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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Coming Up for Air: Extinct Sea Scorpions Could Breathe out of Water, Fossil Detective Unveils

Through computed tomography (CT) imaging, geologists found evidence of air breathing in a 340 million-year-old sea scorpion, or ...

Thousands of Species Recorded in a Speck of Soil

Researchers have developed a new technique to tease ancient DNA from soil, pulling the genomes of hundreds of animals and thousands of plants -- many of them long extinct -- from less than a gram of ...

Humans, Not Climate, Have Driven Rapidly Rising Mammal Extinction Rate

Human impact can explain ninety-six percent of all mammal species extinctions of the last hundred thousand years, according to a new ...

New Fossil Ape Discovered in India

A 13-million-year-old fossil unearthed in northern India comes from a newly discovered ape, the earliest known ancestor of the modern-day gibbon. The discovery fills a major void in the ape fossil ...

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 ...

The Oldest Neanderthal DNA of Central-Eastern Europe

A new study reports the oldest mitochondrial genome of a Neanderthal from Central-Eastern Europe. The mitochondrial genome of the tooth, discovered at the site of Stajnia Cave in Poland, is closer to ...

Ancient Hunters Stayed in Frozen Northern Europe Rather Than Migrating to Warmer Areas, Evidence from Arctic Fox Bones Shows

Ancient hunters stayed in the coldest part of Northern Europe rather than migrating to escape freezing winter conditions, archaeologists have ...

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 ...

New Mathematical Method Shows How Climate Change Led to Fall of Ancient Civilization

A researcher developed a mathematical method that shows climate change likely caused the rise and fall of an ancient civilization. A new article outlines the technique he developed and shows how ...

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 ...

Warmer, Acidifying Ocean Brings Extinction for Reef-Building Corals, Renewal for Relatives

A new study finds that reef-building corals emerged only when ocean conditions supported the construction of these creatures' stony skeletons, whereas diverse softer corals and sea anemones ...

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 ...

Civilization May Need to 'Forget the Flame' to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Current world energy consumption is tied to unchangeable past economic production. And the way out of an ever-increasing rate of carbon emissions may not necessarily be ever-increasing energy ...

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 ...

First Complete Dinosaur Skeleton Ever Found Is Ready for Its Closeup at Last

The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified has finally been studied in detail and found its place in the dinosaur family tree, completing a project that began more than a century and a half ...

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 ...

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