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May 29, 2017

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May 29, 2017

May 12, 2017 — An ancient sink hole in eastern Tennessee holds the clues to an important transitional time in the evolutionary history of snakes. Among the fossilized creatures found there, according to a new ... read more

May 12, 2017 — Dramatic drops in oceanic oxygen, which cause mass extinctions of sea life, come to a natural end -- but it takes about a million ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Around 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous period, a giant asteroid crashed into the present-day Gulf of Mexico, leading to the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs. How plants were ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Modern whales' ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans. An analysis of a 36.4-million-year-old whale fossil ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Leading hospital 'superbugs,' known as the enterococci, arose from an ancestor that dates back 450 million years -- about the time when animals were first crawling onto land (and well ... read more

Shelf Sediments Reveal Climate Shifts Through the Eons

May 10, 2017 — Climate change around Antarctica can severely affect Australia's rainfall and even influence the distribution of wet and dry zones across southeast Asia, an international study has ... read more

May 10, 2017 — African lions are under the same threats extinct sabre-toothed tigers ... read more

May 9, 2017 — Fossils discovered in ancient hot spring deposits in the Pilbara have pushed back by 580 million years the earliest known evidence for microbial life on ... read more

May 9, 2017 — Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, which last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has ... read more

May 9, 2017 — Scientists today announced that the Rising Star Cave system has revealed yet more important discoveries, only a year and a half after it was announced that the richest fossil hominin site in Africa ... read more

May 9, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that primitive hominids lived in Africa at the same time as humans -- the first time this has been ... read more

May 8, 2017 — By using highly advanced brain imaging technology to observe modern humans crafting ancient tools, a neuroarchaeologist has found evidence that human-like ways of thinking may have emerged as early ... read more

May 8, 2017 — A new technique makes it possible to cost-effectively analyse genetic material from fossil plant and animal remains. Researchers have used this technique to examine the DNA of silver fir needles ... read more

Battered Earth Revived by Mineral Weathering After Mass Extinction

May 5, 2017 — Bedrock of Earth got severely beaten up by hothouse climate conditions during one of planet’s mass extinctions some 200 million years ago. But the process also allowed life to bounce ... read more

May 4, 2017 — A newly published study documents evidence of an orchid fossil trapped in Baltic amber that dates back some 45 million years to 55 million years ago, shattering the previous record for an orchid ... read more

May 3, 2017 — One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil suggests that following the ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Ancient fossils, thought to be some of the world's earliest examples of animal remains, could in fact belong to other groups such as algae, scientists ... read more

May 3, 2017 — A new study of the bony head-crests of male gorillas could provide some of the first clues about the social structures of our extinct human relatives, including how they chose their sexual ... read more

Evolution: On Mosaics and Melting-Pots

May 2, 2017 — Genetic studies of cichlid fishes suggest that interspecies hybrids played a prominent role in their evolution. Analysis of a unique fossil cichlid from the Upper Miocene of East Africa now provides ... read more

May 2, 2017 — A new sauropod species has been named Galeamopus pabsti by the same team which recently reinstated the brontosaurus as a distinct ... read more

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