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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Jan. 14, 2016 — A study was published last week on the DNA of Helicobacter pylori, the pathogen extracted from the stomach of Otzi, the ice mummy who has provided valuable information on the life of Homo Sapiens. ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — The bacteria that causes plague, Y. pestis, may have persisted long-term in Europe from the 14th to 17th century in an unknown reservoir, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Dinosaurs engaged in mating behavior similar to modern birds, leaving the fossil evidence behind in 100 million year old rocks, according to new research. Ancient fossilized scrapes recently ... read more

Jan. 6, 2016 — Scientists reveal how evolutionary fine-tuning has obscured the origin of the glucocorticoid receptor's ability to adopt different shapes. It highlights how proteins that evolve 'new' ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Oxygen is crucial for the existence of animals on Earth. But, an increase in oxygen did not apparently lead to the rise of the first animals. New research shows that 1.4 billion years ago there was ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — The demise of the giant ape <em>Gigantopithecus</em> has been the focus of recent study, where researchers have reached the conclusion that the presumably largest apes in geological ... read more

Dec. 29, 2015 — Tortoise and turtle fossils, the first from the Miocene epoch found in Bolivia, suggest the Altiplano, near Quebrada Honda, was likely less than a kilometer above sea level 13 million years ago. ... read more

Dec. 28, 2015 — Scientists have sequenced first ancient Irish human genomes, demonstrating that the genomes show unequivocal evidence for mass migrations into Ireland. These genetic influxes are likely to have ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — The diversity of mammals on Earth exploded straight after the dinosaur extinction event, according to new research. New analysis of the fossil record shows that placental mammals, the group that ... read more

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

Dec. 17, 2015 — A thigh bone found in China suggests an ancient species of human thought to be long extinct may have survived until as recently as the end of the last Ice Age. The 14,000 year old bone -- found among ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — A new analysis of the fossil record shows that a deep pattern in the structure of plant and animal communities remained the same for 300 million years. Then, 6,000 years ago, the pattern was ... read more

Preserved Embryos Illustrate Seed Dormancy in Early Angiosperms

Dec. 16, 2015 — The discovery of exceptionally well-preserved, tiny fossil seeds dating back to the Early Cretaceous corroborates that flowering plants were small opportunistic colonizers at that time, according to ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — A new study finds a surprising and very recent shift away from the steady relationship among species that prevailed for more than 300 million years. The study offers the first long-term view of how ... 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. 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

Fossils Reveal Ancient Shrublands in Fiery Landscape

Dec. 10, 2015 — New fossil evidence shows that Australia’s fire-prone shrubland open vegetation originated at least 70 million years ago – 40-50 million years earlier than previously ... 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

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