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February 20, 2017

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February 20, 2017

Jan. 23, 2017 — Utilizing the most rigorous testing methods to date, researchers have isolated additional collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old ... read more

Mummy Visualization Impresses in Computer Journal

Jan. 23, 2017 — Using visualization technology, visitors to the British Museum can reveal the murder of the mummified Geberlein Man, 5,500 years ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group has now discovered a mechanism through ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — India gradually drifted away from Africa and Madagascar towards the north and collided with the Eurasian plate. Scientists assumed for a long time that the subcontinent was largely isolated during ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — New insight has been gained into the everyday hazards of life in the late Byzantine Empire, sometime around the early 13th century, as well as the evolution of Staphylococcus saprophyticus, a common ... read more

Retroviruses 'Almost Half a Billion Years Old'

Jan. 10, 2017 — Retroviruses -- the family of viruses that includes HIV -- are almost half a billion years old, according to new research. That's several hundred million years older than previously thought and ... read more

Jan. 5, 2017 — Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family that also includes potatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias and tomatoes ... read more

Jan. 2, 2017 — Researchers have set the timeline it took dinosaurs to incubate at three to six months, depending on the ... read more

Dec. 22, 2016 — Researchers have discovered that a species of dinosaur, Limusaurus inextricabilis, lost its teeth in adolescence and did not grow another set as adults. The finding is a radical change in anatomy ... read more

Dec. 19, 2016 — A new species of bird has been discovered in the Canadian Arctic. At approximately 90 million years old, the bird fossils are among the oldest avian records found in the northernmost latitude, and ... read more

Fossilized Water Fleas: Evolution of the Micro-Crustacean Group Cladocera

Dec. 16, 2016 — Scientists have studied the evolutionary history of the so-called "water fleas." These tiny crustaceans from the order Cladocera form the basis of the trophic pyramid and therefore play an ... read more

Dec. 16, 2016 — Invasive species have shaped island ecosystems and landscapes in the Gulf of Alaska, but their histories are unknown. Researchers have now investigated the archaeological and genetic history of the ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a dinosaur tail complete with its feathers trapped in a piece of amber. The finding helps fill in details of the dinosaurs' feather structure and ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — New genetic research suggests that smallpox, a pathogen that caused millions of deaths worldwide, may not be an ancient disease but a much more modern killer that went on to become the first human ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — An extinct mammal relative harbored a benign tumor made up of miniature, tooth-like structures, paleontologists report. The tumor, a compound odontoma, is common to mammals today. But this animal ... read more

Dec. 6, 2016 — A paleobiologist's study reveals that the tails of fish and the tails of tetrapods, or four-limbed animals, are entirely distinct structures, with different evolutionary ... read more

Overwhelming Evidence of Malaria's Existence 2,000 Years Ago

Dec. 6, 2016 — An analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has confirmed the presence of malaria during the Roman Empire, addressing a longstanding debate about its ... read more

Geoscientists Size-Up Early Dinosaurs, Find Surprising Variation

Dec. 5, 2016 — A new study has focused on the skeletal changes that occurred during growth in the small carnivorous dinosaur Coelophysis (SEE-lo-FY-sis), one of the earliest ... read more

Dec. 2, 2016 — A team of international archaeologists believe a pair of mummified legs on display in an Italian museum may belong to Egyptian Queen Nefertari – the favorite wife of the pharaoh Ramses ... read more

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