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October 20, 2016

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October 20, 2016

Oct. 13, 2016 — A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — An impression fossil with the surface of the skin of a dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous, a period right before their extinction, has been discovered in Barcelona, Spain. Its characteristics make it ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — The tiny arms on the otherwise mighty Tyrannosaurus rex are one of the biggest and most enduring mysteries in ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — The oldest known vocal organ of a bird has been found in an Antarctic fossil of a relative of ducks and geese that lived more than 66 million years ago during the age of ... read more

From Unknown to Beardog: Findings Rescue Fossils from 'Trashbin' Genus

Oct. 12, 2016 — A new study identifies two fossils previously thought to be generic carnivorans (a large, diverse order of mammals) as some of the earliest known members of the beardog family. These fossils are from ... read more

Medieval Cities Not So Different from Modern European Cities

Oct. 11, 2016 — Modern European cities and medieval cities share a population-density-to-area relationship, a new paper concludes – the latest research to find regularities in human settlement patterns across ... read more

Lifting the Veil on Queen of Sheba's Perfume

Oct. 11, 2016 — It is one of the oldest fragrances in the world, mentioned more than twenty times in the Bible. Now researchers have discovered the components that give frankincense its distinctive odor: two ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — About 100 million years ago, a lowly amoeba pulled off a stunning heist, grabbing genes from an unsuspecting bacterium to replace those it had lost. Now scientists have solved the mystery of how the ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — A little goo will do to get RNA and DNA to progress toward self-replication. Could some abundant ingredient have helped the precursors of genes become life molecules? Another indicator that little ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — A new species of British ichthyosaur has been identified using skeletal remains which have been on display at the University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences for many ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — An expedition mapping submerged ancient landscapes, the first of its kind in the Black Sea, is making exciting discoveries, report ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — How do key innovations in the animal kingdom arise? To explore this question, evolutionary biologists studied Gonatodes, a genus of dwarf geckos. In the process, the researchers found a ... read more

Did Your Ancestor Fight in the Hundred Years War?

Oct. 6, 2016 — If you’ve ever wondered whether your ancestors served as a medieval soldier in the Hundred Years War, a newly launched website may have the ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — It was while working in the Kent Laboratory building in the 1940s that researchers developed radiocarbon dating—an innovative method to measure the age of organic materials. Scientists soon used ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Take a glance around the oceans, rivers and lakes of today and you'll confront an astonishing diversity of fish, from narrow-bodied eels to the 25-foot-long giant oarfish to delicate, fluttering ... read more

Placodonts Illuminate a Crushing Evolutionary Question

Oct. 5, 2016 — Studying the physical features of long-extinct creatures continues to yield surprising new knowledge of how evolution fosters traits desirable for survival in diverse environments. Placodonts are a ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — "Old" doesn't always have to mean "primitive." Paleontologists have discovered a tiny biting midge no larger than one millimeter in 54 million-year-old amber. The insect ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Have you ever wondered why our hands have exactly five fingers? Scientists have uncovered a part of this mystery, and their remarkable discovery is outlined in a new ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Periods of deep, clear water in Lake Malawi over the past 800,000 years coincide with bursts of species diversification, researchers show in a new ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — How do you make half the mass of two continents disappear? To answer that question, you first need to discover that it's missing. That's what a trio of geoscientists did, and their ... read more

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