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November 25, 2015

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November 25, 2015

Dust, Iron, Life: How Atmospheric Dust Prepped Earth for Life

Nov. 10, 2015 — Dust begets life, and Earth's atmosphere 300 million years ago was perhaps the dustiest of all time, with large consequences for carbon cycling and the climate system. In a new article ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — When scientists presented evidence of an ancient, fossilized brain a few years ago, it challenged the long-held notion that brains don't fossilize. Now, seven new specimens have been unearthed, ... read more

Nov. 6, 2015 — The first animals to have complex skeletons existed about 550 million years ago, fossils of a tiny marine creature unearthed in Namibia suggest. The find is the first to suggest the earliest complex ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — In a finding that could change the way scientists think about bird evolution, researchers have found that the shape of bird wings is influenced more by how closely related species are to one another ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — A fossil sea urchin is the oldest of its kind, pushing back a fork in the sea urchin family tree by 10 million ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Just how bad was T. rex's bite? New research has found that the feeding style and dietary preferences of dinosaurs was closely linked to how wide they could open their ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A study of life and extinctions among woolly mammoths and other ice-age animals suggests that interconnected habitats can help Arctic mammal species survive environmental ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A geologist team describes new findings that challenge the currently accepted model of the 'Great Dying,' a catastrophic extinction event that occurred more than 250 million years ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — The Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) has captured major attention from paleoseismologists due to evidence from several large (magnitude 8-9) earthquakes preserved in coastal salt marshes. Stratigraphic ... read more

Ancient Pollen Reveals Droughts Between Sierra Nevada Glacier Surges

Nov. 1, 2015 — Hidden below the surface of California's Central Valley are pollen grains from the Pleistocene that are providing scientists with clues to the severity of droughts that struck the region between ... read more

Large Igneous Provinces Linked to Extinction Events

Oct. 30, 2015 — Mass extinction events are sometimes portrayed in illustrations of volcanic eruptions causing widespread destruction. According to experts this interpretation may have some truth behind it, but not ... read more

Oct. 29, 2015 — Researchers have described the new genus and species, Pliobates cataloniae, based on a skeleton recovered from the landfill of Can Mata (Catalonia, NE Spain). The fossil remains belong to an adult ... read more

Oct. 29, 2015 — A nasty little 66-million-year-old family secret has been leaked by a recently unearthed tyrannosaur bone. The bone has peculiar teeth marks that strongly suggest it was gnawed by another ... read more

Ancestry of Mammalian 'Warm-Bloodedness' Revealed

Oct. 29, 2015 — 'Warm-bloodedness', a characteristic of mammals, is a trait encompassing a suite of physiological processes that helps to maintain a relatively high, constant body temperature. A new study ... read more

Unique Feeding Mechanism Among Marine Reptiles from the Age of Dinosaurs

Oct. 29, 2015 — Among the many groups of marine reptiles from the Age of Dinosaurs, elasmosaurs are famous for their necks, which can have up to 76 vertebrae and make up more than half the total length of the ... read more

300 Million-Year-Old 'Supershark' Fossils Found in Texas

Oct. 29, 2015 — Even before the age of dinosaurs, big toothy predators were roaming Texas. 300 million years ago, during a time called the Carboniferous, the area surrounding what is now Dallas, Texas was flooded by ... read more

Transitional Species of Duckbilled Dinosaurs Illuminate Relationship Between Evolution and Growth

Oct. 29, 2015 — The discovery of two new transitional species is helping reveal the pattern of evolution in duckbilled dinosaurs, providing key insight into the intricate relationship between changes during growth ... read more

Mammal Body-Size Responds to Climate Change in Ancient Wyoming

Oct. 29, 2015 — Evidence from fossils suggests that multiple global warming events, which occurred over 50 million years ago, impacted the evolution of mammals living in ancient Wyoming. Using over seven thousand ... read more

A Study of Weaning Age in Fossil Elephants Gives Hints About the Cause of Their Extinction

Oct. 29, 2015 — The extinctions of many giant mammals, like mammoths, at the end of the Ice Ages is a story that most people know about. The causes of these extinctions have long been debated in the scientific ... read more

Adolescent T. Rex Unraveling Controversy About Growth Changes in Tyrannosaurus

Oct. 29, 2015 — A much-anticipated study of an adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex is poised to help resolve long-standing controversies over the growth of tyrannosaurid ... read more

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