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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

Aug. 17, 2015 — A salamander found preserved in amber from the Dominican Republic is the first-ever fossil of its kind, and also shows that salamanders once lived in the Caribbean region, where they now are all ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Marks on two 3.4 million-year-old animal bones found at the site of Dikika, Ethiopia, were not caused by trampling, an extensive statistical analysis confirms. The results of the study developed new ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Scientists have identified a new species of pre-mammal in what is now Zambia. Thanks to a unique groove on the animal's upper jaw, it was dubbed Ichibengops, which combines the local Bemba word ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Competition played a more important role in the evolution of the dog family (wolves, foxes, and their relatives) than climate change, shows a new international study. Researchers analyzed over 2000 ... read more

Mass Extinction Survival Is More Than Just a Numbers Game

Aug. 11, 2015 — Widespread species are at just as high risk of being wiped out as rare ones after global mass extinction events, says new research by UK ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — The common baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) was the first non-bacterial living thing to have its genome sequenced, back in 1996. However, when the sequence of that genome emerged it ... read more

Ancient Chinese Archives Track Decline of Rare Apes

Aug. 5, 2015 — Historical records from China stretching back over 400 years have been used to track changes in the distribution of gibbons, which today are some of China's most threatened species. This is one ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — A new analysis of early hominin body size evolution suggests that the earliest members of the Homo genus (which includes our species, Homo sapiens) may not have been larger than earlier hominin ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — A new study of 565 million-year-old fossils has identified how some of the first complex organisms on Earth -- possibly some of the first animals to exist -- reproduced, revealing the origins of our ... read more

July 23, 2015 — New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the ... read more

July 23, 2015 — An "absolutely exquisite" fossil of a snake that had four legs has been discovered by a team of scientists and may help show how snakes made the transition from lizards to ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Measurements of iron speciation in ancient rocks were used to construct the chemistry of ancient oceans. Analysis suggests that it took less oxygen than previously thought to trigger the appearance ... read more

July 21, 2015 — An international team of researchers compared the genomes of 31 living Native Americans, Siberians and people from Oceania with 23 ancient Native American genomes to establish a timeline for the ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artefacts that are hundreds of years ... read more

July 19, 2015 — Hidden secrets about life in Somerset 190 million years ago have been revealed in a new study of some remarkable fossils. Thanks to exceptional conditions of preservation, a whole marine ecosystem ... read more

July 15, 2015 — Head-butting and canine display during male-male combat first appeared some 270 million years ago. This is what researchers found when they conducted an updated in-depth study of the herbivorous ... read more

July 10, 2015 — When we think about pollination, the image that comes first to our mind is a bee or a butterfly covered by pollen. However, in the Cretaceous —about 105 million years ago— bees and butterflies ... read more

July 8, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a striking new species of horned dinosaur based on fossils collected from a bone bed in southern Alberta, Canada. Wendiceratops pinhornensis was approximately 6 meters long ... read more

July 7, 2015 — Some of the oldest marine animals on the planet, including armoured worm-like forms and giant, lobster like sea creatures, survived millions of years longer than previously thought, according to a ... read more

July 7, 2015 — Scientists have obtained an age from rocks of the Great Karoo that shed light on the timing of a mass extinction event that occurred around 260 million years ... read more

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