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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

June 10, 2015 — Modern Eurasian peoples are genetically speaking not more than a couple of thousand years old. It was during the Bronze Age that the last major chapters were written in the story of the genetic past ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Scientists have found remnants that have some similarities to red blood cells and collagen fibres in fragments of dinosaur ... read more

June 8, 2015 — Scientists reconstruct the DNA of the Megaloceros from findings in caves in the Swabian Alb and discover possible causes for its later ... read more

June 1, 2015 — New high precision radiocarbon dates of mollusk shells show that modern humans occupied the Near East at least 45,900 years ago and colonized Europe from ... read more

June 1, 2015 — Experts have identified Britain's oldest sauropod dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the Yorkshire coast. The vertebra (backbone) originates from a group of dinosaurs that includes the ... read more

Ancient DNA Sheds Light on How Past Environments Affected Ancient Populations

May 28, 2015 — For the first time, a study shows that epigenetic marks on DNA can be detected in a large number of ancient human remains, which may lead to further understanding about the effects of famine and ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Scientists have developed methods of using commercial-grade laser equipment to find and analyze fossils of dinosaurs. The new laser method causes fossil samples to fluoresce, revealing complex ... read more

May 22, 2015 — Genetic material from fungi collections helped a team of researchers resolve the mushroom 'tree of life,' a map of the relationships between key mushroom species and their evolutionary ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a new species of fossil in England -- and identified it as an ancient parasitic intruder. The fossil species -- a 'tongue worm', which has a worm-like body and a ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Dogs' special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone. Earlier genome-based estimates have suggested that the ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Paleontologists have published a description of the first dinosaur fossil from Washington state. The fossil was collected along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Their migration spanned half the globe and their culture was spread across the Pacific and Indian Oceans; but in Madagascar, the ancient Indonesians left behind a ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Researchers determined DNA sequences from the Y chromosomes of 334 men belonging to 17 populations from Europe and the Middle East. The study shows that almost two out of three (64%) modern European ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Archaeologists have found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia. The team examined a 1500 year old male skeleton, excavated at Great Chesterford in Essex, England ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Scientists have successfully replicated the molecular processes that led from dinosaur snouts to the first bird ... read more

May 7, 2015 — The discovery of a 500-million-year-old fossilized brain has helped identify a point of crucial transformation in early animals, and answered some of the questions about how heads first ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A new study of teeth belonging to a particularly phallic-looking creature has led to the compilation of a prehistoric ‘dentist’s handbook’ which may aid in the identification of previously ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Scientists have identified the first fossil specimens of a major group of killifishes that is widely distributed in freshwater habitats today. The 6-million-year-old material sheds new light on the ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Almost since the time of Melville's epic hunt, scientists have been fascinated by the remarkable attributes of the sperm whale and its kin, the smaller pigmy and dwarf whales. Capable of diving ... read more

DNA Suggests All Early Eskimos Migrated from Alaska's North Slope

Apr. 29, 2015 — Genetic testing of Inupiat people currently living in Alaska's North Slope is helping Northwestern University scientists fill in the blanks on questions about the migration patterns and ... read more

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