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Mar. 16, 2017 — The end-Paleozoic witnessed the most devastating mass extinction in Earth's history so far, killing the majority of species and profoundly shaping the evolutionary history of the survivors. ... read more

Mar. 16, 2017 — DNA analysis led some biologists to conclude that evolutionary diversification in Hawaii has yet to peak, but a new analysis shows the opposite: biodiversity on the island chain peaked millions of ... read more

Mar. 16, 2017 — Rock samples from northeastern Canada retain chemical signals that help explain what Earth's crust was like more than 4 billion years ... read more

Mar. 16, 2017 — World-first research into the sole remaining living insects of an ancient super-family of crickets has revealed vibrating areas on seemingly unspecialized wings which create sound, representing a ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — More than 50 million years ago, when the Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size. While this mammalian dwarfism has previously been ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — Fossil-like objects grew in natural spring water abundant in the early stages of the planet, an international team of researchers has discovered. But, they were inorganic materials that resulted from ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — Biotic crises during the Triassic period may have delayed marine recovery after a mass extinction during the late Permian, according to a new ... read more

New Study Identifies Ancient Shark Ancestors

Mar. 14, 2017 — New research based on x-ray imaging provides the strongest evidence to date that sharks arose from a group of bony fishes called acanthodians. Analyzing an extraordinarily well-preserved fossil of an ... read more

Mar. 14, 2017 — Scientists have found fossils of 1.6 billion-year-old probable red algae. The spectacular finds indicate that advanced multicellular life evolved much earlier than previously ... read more

Mar. 14, 2017 — Pollinator insects accelerate plant evolution, but a plant changes in different ways depending on the pollinator. After only nine generations, the same plant is larger and more fragrant if pollinated ... read more

Mar. 14, 2017 — An international study has revealed how one of the world's most feared types of snakes -- cobras -- developed their potent venom. Cobras are killers in Africa and Asia, and cause crippling ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — Researchers have found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — The dramatic decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is caused by a mixture of global warming and a natural, decades-long atmospheric hot spot over Greenland and the Canadian ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — New research has identified North America's oldest bison fossils and helped construct a bison genealogy establishing that a common maternal ancestor arrived between 130,000 and 195,000 years ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — A set of biochemical processes crucial to cellular life on Earth could have originated in chemical reactions taking place on the early Earth four billion years ago, believes a group of ... read more

Yes, She's Smiling: Mona Lisa's Facial Expression

Mar. 13, 2017 — Scientists have found out that test subjects almost always perceive the facial expression on Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting as happy, thus calling into question a long-held assumption in ... read more

Mar. 10, 2017 — The most extensive isotope analysis of archaeological material in Finland revealed a fragment of the history of ancient Finnish cattle: the bones and teeth showed which plants the animals fed on. For ... read more

Dopamine Neurons Factor Ambiguity Into Predictions Enabling Us to 'Win Big and Win Often'

Mar. 9, 2017 — In the struggle of life, evolution rewards animals that master their circumstances, especially when the environment changes. The recipe for success is: win big, and win often. Success depends on the ... read more

Mar. 9, 2017 — No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts -- mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger -- living some 12,800 years ago suddenly disappeared. However, a discovery of widespread ... read more

Mar. 8, 2017 — An ancient fish species with unusual scales and teeth from the Kuanti Formation in southern China may have evolved prior to the 'Age of Fish', according to a new ... read more

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