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February 6, 2016

Dec. 18, 2015 — New digital techniques have allowed researchers to predict structural evolution of the skull in the lineage of Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, in an effort to fill in blanks in the fossil record, and ... read more

Fossils Enrich Our Understanding of Evolution

Dec. 16, 2015 — Our understanding of evolution can be enriched by adding fossil species to analyses of living animals, as shown by scientists. The research also highlights that different methods can be crucial in ... read more

Scientist Unravels the Mysteries of a Beetle That Lived Nearly 100 Million Years Ago

Dec. 15, 2015 — By studying a remarkable fossil, a scientist and his German counterparts are unraveling the secrets of an ancient beetle that wandered Earth almost 100 million years ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — A landmark new study explores the fascinating, little-known natural history of the face mite species Demodex folliculorum, using genetic testing to link the microscopic animal's evolution to our ... read more

Knowledge Gap on Extreme Change in Temperature Elucidated

Dec. 14, 2015 — Whereas the origins of warm periods during the Jurassic (201-145 million of years ago) are well investigated, there has so far been a poor understanding of the mechanisms behind changes into cooler ... read more

Dec. 11, 2015 — The evolution of modern birds was greatly shaped by the history of our planet's geography and climate. New research finds that birds arose in what is now South America around 90 million years ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — An historic find --- made in South China -- fills a huge gap in the known fossil record of kinorhynchs, small invertebrate animals that are related to ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Researchers have described a new species of plant-eating dinosaur, Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, that stood on its hind feet and was about the size of a spaniel. It is similar in age to the ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Prior to the rise of modern day mammalian carnivores, North America was dominated by a now extinct group of mammalian carnivores, hyaenodontids. Fossils of hyaenodontids are relatively common from ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — A new study has determined that the time elapsed between the emergence of early dinosaur relatives and the origin of the first dinosaurs is much shorter than previously ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — A new study describes for the first time the developmental processes that differentiate Neanderthal facial skeletons from those of modern ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — The sweet, juicy peaches we love today might have been a popular snack long before modern humans arrived on the ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — A newly discovered collection of rare dinosaur tracks is helping scientists shed light on some of the biggest animals ever to live on ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — A group of researchers have been the first to find the genetic material of a human virus from old human bones. The study analyzed the skeletal remains of Second World War casualties from the ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by a scientist. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve an evolutionary puzzle -- how snakes lost their limbs. The findings show snakes did not lose their limbs in order to live in the sea, as ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A 'dinosaur' fossil originally discovered on Prince Edward Island, Canada, has been shown to have steak knife-like teeth, and researchers have changed its name to Dimetrodon borealis -- ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — A muscly fossil fireworm has been named Rollinschaeta myoplena in honor of punk musician and spoken word artist, Henry Rollins. The fossil worm is a polychaete annelid, a marine relative of ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — In 1495, a "new" disease spread throughout Europe: syphilis. Christopher Columbus was said to have brought this sexually transmitted disease back from his voyage to America. At least, that ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Populations of hunter-gatherers weathered Ice Age in apparent isolation in Caucasus mountain region for millennia, later mixing with other ancestral populations, from which emerged the Yamnaya ... read more

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