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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Feb. 2, 2017 — A low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth's middle ages held back evolution for 2 billion years, raising fresh questions about the origins of life on this planet. New research explains how ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — Is fossilized rock all that remains when a dinosaur decomposes? New research provides the first evidence that proteins have been preserved within the 195-million-year-old rib of the sauropodomorph ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — A new species of fossil has been discovered that will shed light on early animal ecosystems. Investigators discovered the new species while conducting a survey of microfossils in mudstones from ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans -- a microscopic, bag-like sea creature, which lived about 540 million years ... read more

Scientists Reconstruct What the Gibraltar Arc Was Like 9 Million Years Ago

Jan. 27, 2017 — Scientists have been able to reconstruct for the first time what the Gibraltar Arc was like 9 million years ago. It's one of the most narrowest landforms on ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — During the last Ice Age, Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a single landmass, called Sahul. It was a strange and often hostile place populated by a bizarre cast of giant ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — Scientists have used new genetic sequencing data to understand how an ancient organism that lived alongside the dinosaurs has evolved over millions of years. The effort has uncovered for the first ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — A trove of exceptionally preserved Jurassic marine fossils discovered in Canada, rare for recording soft-bodied species that normally don't fossilize, is expanding scientists' view of the ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and 'E.T.-like' appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Paleontologists, picking through a bounty of fossils from Montana, have discovered something unexpected — a new species of lizard from the late dinosaur era, whose closest relatives roamed in ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — For the past two years, scientists have been conducting research on what are believed to be the first-ever discovered trilobite eggs paired with a fossil of the segmented ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Researchers have discovered minerals from 43 meteorites that landed on Earth 470 million years ago. More than half of the mineral grains are from meteorites completely unknown or very rare in ... read more

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

Jan. 23, 2017 — A large extinct otter, Siamogale melilutra, has been found in the Miocene Shuitangba site in northeastern Yunnan Province in China. The new prehistoric otter was the size of a modern wolf and is one ... read more

The Tasmanian Tiger Had a Brain Structure Suited to a Predatory Life Style

Jan. 18, 2017 — Brain scans suggest the action-planning part of the cortex was large in these extinct ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — Conditions suitable to support complex life may have developed in Earth's oceans -- and then faded -- more than a billion years before life truly took hold, a new study has ... 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. 16, 2017 — The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now been set back 10,000 years, scientists ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — A new study helps explain why different groups of animals differ dramatically in their number of species, and how this is related to differences in their body forms and ways of ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a ... read more

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