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Apr. 30, 2015 — Geological knowledge is essential for the sustainable development of a 'smart city' -- one that harmonizes with the geology of its territory. Making a city 'smarter' means ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — The theory that an asteroid impact killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is well accepted, but one puzzle is why another global catastrophe -- the huge, million-year eruption of the Deccan ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — An international team of scientists has used the fossil record during the past 23 million years to predict which marine animals and ecosystems are at greatest risk of extinction from human impact. ... 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

Evolution: The Secrets of the Brachiopod Shell

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers have carried out the first detailed study of the molecular mechanisms responsible for formation of the brachiopod shell. Comparison with shell synthesis in other groups reveals the deep ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — When paleontologists put together a life history for a long-extinct animal, it's common to infer the foods it ate by looking at modern animals with similar skull shapes and tooth patterns. But ... 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

Apr. 27, 2015 — Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — While climatologists are carefully watching carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, another group of scientists is exploring a massive storehouse of carbon that has the potential to significantly ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Fifty million years ago, all rodents had short, stubby molars -- teeth similar to those found in the back of the human mouth, used for grinding food. Over time, rodent teeth progressively evolved to ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — An international team of researchers has sequenced the nearly complete genome of two Siberian woolly mammoths -- revealing the most complete picture to date -- including new information about the ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — The first convincing evidence for sexual differences in a species of dinosaur has been described in a study of the iconic dinosaur ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that a protein which controls anxiety in humans has the same molecular ancestor as one which causes insects to molt when they outgrow their skins. Studies on sea urchins ... read more

Eardrum Evolved Independently in Mammals and Reptiles/birds

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have used evo-devo methods to determine that the eardrum evolved independently in mammals and ... read more

Oldest Fossils Controversy Resolved

Apr. 20, 2015 — New analysis of world-famous 3.46-billion-year-old rocks is set to finally resolve a long running evolutionary controversy. The new research shows that structures once thought to be Earth's ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — Scientists are coming to grips with the superior grasping ability of humans and other primates throughout history. In a new study, a research team found that even the oldest known human ancestors may ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — Researchers at an old geological site talk 'dirt' about how Ice Age climate change led to the extinction of mammoths and mastodons, but to the evolution and survival of bison, deer and ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — Scientists synthesized decades of scientific discoveries to illuminate the common and unique patterns driving the extraordinary transitions that whales, dolphins, seals and other species underwent as ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — A species of bone-eating worm that was believed to have evolved in conjunction with whales has been dated back to prehistoric times when it fed on the carcasses of giant marine ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Neanderthals from the French region of Poitou-Charentes cut, beat and fractured the bones of their recently deceased companions, as revealed by the fossil remains of two adults and a child found at ... read more

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