Odd Creatures: Fossils & Ruins
August 30, 2015

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August 30, 2015

July 16, 2015 — A newly identified species of feathered dinosaur is the largest ever discovered to have a well-preserved set of bird-like wings, research suggests. Palaeontologists working in China unearthed the ... 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 14, 2015 — Have you held the sword? Have you felt its weight? Have you felt how sharp and strong the blade is? A deadly weapon and symbol of power -- jewellery for a man, with 'magical properties'. ... 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 2, 2015 — The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt Arctic life, including skin and hair development, insulin signaling, fat ... read more

How Our Sense of Smell Evolved, Including in Early Humans

July 2, 2015 — A group of scientists has studied how our sense of smell has evolved, and has even reconstructed how a long-extinct human relative would have been able to ... read more

Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin Really Say That?

July 1, 2015 — As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A newly discovered, 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a 'Jesus lizard' for its ability to walk on water, may provide insight into how climate change may affect tropical ... read more

July 1, 2015 — The fearsome teeth of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis fully emerged at a later age than those of modern big cats, but grew at a rate about double that of their living relatives. The findings, ... read more

June 30, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden ... read more

June 30, 2015 — Researchers have calculated the number of undiscovered meteorite impact sites on Earth's surface. Geologists say a total of 188 have been confirmed so far, and 340 are still awaiting discovery. ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A newly-identified species of spike-covered worm with legs, which lived 500 million years ago, was one of the first animals on Earth to develop armor for ... read more

June 24, 2015 — South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new 200-million-year-old dinosaur from South Africa hidden for decades among the largest fossil collection in South ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents. They found that the furry animals with chisel-like ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Fossilized remains of a new bat species, which lived 16 million years ago, walked on four limbs and was three times larger than today's average bat, have been discovered in New ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered evidence of food and potential respiratory irritants entrapped in the dental tartar of 400,000-year-old teeth at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major ... read more

June 15, 2015 — A remarkably detailed picture of the climate and ecology during the Triassic Period explains why dinosaurs failed to establish dominance near the equator for 30 million ... read more

Scientists Downsize the Giant 'Dreadnoughtus' Dinosaur

June 9, 2015 — Scientists have shown that the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, discovered by palaeontologists in South America in 2014, was not as large as previously ... 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

What Rabbits Can Tell Us About Neanderthal Extinction

June 8, 2015 — When thinking about the extinction of Neanderthals some 30,000 years ago, rabbits may not be the first thing that spring to mind. But the way rabbits were hunted and eaten by Neanderthals and modern ... read more

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