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Vultures evolved an extreme gut to cope with disgusting dietary habits
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Vultures evolved an extreme gut to cope with disgusting dietary habits

November 25th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
How is it that vultures can live on a diet of carrion that would at least lead to severe food-poisoning, and more likely kill most other animals?...
Woolly Mammoth autopsy results revealed
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Woolly Mammoth autopsy results revealed

November 25th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
This discovery of a mammoth with the best preserved flesh yet (three legs, most of the body, some of the head and even the trunk survived in extraordinary condition) has quickened the pace of one of the most ambitious and...
Seed dormancy, a property that prevents germination, already existed 360 million years ago
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Seed dormancy, a property that prevents germination, already existed 360 million years ago

November 24th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
An international team of scientists, coordinated by a researcher from the U. of Granada, has found that seed dormancy (a property that prevents germination under non-favourable conditions) was a feature already present in the...
Climate change was not to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age
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Climate change was not to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age

November 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists will have to find alternative explanations for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age as researchers prove definitively that climate change - commonly assumed to be responsible - could not...
Tools and primates: Opportunity, not necessity, is the mother of invention
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Tools and primates: Opportunity, not necessity, is the mother of invention

November 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Whether you are a human being or an orang-utan, tools can be a big help in getting what you need to survive....
Scientists resolve the evolution of insects
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Scientists resolve the evolution of insects

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A collaboration of more than 100 researchers from 10 countries announce the results of an unprecedented scientific study that resolves the history of the evolution of...
Koala study reveals clues about origins of the human genome
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Koala study reveals clues about origins of the human genome

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Eight percent of your genome derives from retroviruses that inserted themselves into human sex cells millions of years ago. Right now the koala retrovirus (KoRV) is invading koala genomes, a process that can help us understand...
New Zealand’s moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population
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New Zealand’s moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study suggests that the flightless birds named moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand's human population had grown to two and half thousand people at...
Complete 9,000-year-old frozen bison mummy found in Siberia
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Complete 9,000-year-old frozen bison mummy found in Siberia

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Many large charismatic mammals went extinct at the end of the Ice Age (approx 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. A recent find in Eastern Siberia has uncovered one of these bison, literally, frozen in...
Evolution of competitiveness
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Evolution of competitiveness

October 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Virtually all organisms in the living world compete with members of their own species....
Journey to the centre of the earth
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Journey to the centre of the earth

October 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
UCSB geochemist uses helium and lead isotopes to obtain a better understanding of the makeup of the planet’s deep...
New ‘tree of life’ traces evolution of a mysterious cotinga birds
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New ‘tree of life’ traces evolution of a mysterious cotinga birds

October 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
They are known as some of the brightest, loudest, most unusual looking, and least understood birds that glide across our skies. Some have bulbous crests, long fleshy wattles, or Elvis-worthy pompadours, along with electric blue,...
Swiss Scientists Explain Evolution of Extreme Parasites
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Swiss Scientists Explain Evolution of Extreme Parasites

October 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Extreme adaptations of species usually cause such considerable changes that their evolutionary history is difficult to recreate. Zoologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland have now uncovered a new parasite species that...
Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox
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Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

October 8th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Imagine trying to trace your genetic history using sources from just your mother’s side. That’s exactly what scientists studying the evolution of the red fox have been doing for decades. However, now, University of...
How geography affects animal evolution
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How geography affects animal evolution

October 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new and potentially more revealing way of studying how animal evolution is affected by the geography of climate has been designed by researchers at The University of Nottingham and Harvard...
On invasive species, it turns out Darwin was right all along, study shows
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On invasive species, it turns out Darwin was right all along, study shows

October 2nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Dov Sax of Brown University and Jason Fridley from Syracuse University aren’t offering a new idea to explain species invasiveness. In fact, Charles Darwin suggested it first. What’s new about Sax and Fridley’s...
Greenland Ice Sheet more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought
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Greenland Ice Sheet more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought

September 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A brand new model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge has indicated that despite its apparent stability, the vast ice sheet covering most of Greenland is more sensitive to climate change than earlier...
Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself
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Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself

September 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
New findings by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, suggest that an evolutionary arms race between rival elements within the genomes of primates drove the evolution of complex regulatory networks that...
Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils
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Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

September 23rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Many native species have disappeared from tropical islands because of human activity, but University of Florida scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost...
First eyewitness accounts of mystery volcanic eruption
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First eyewitness accounts of mystery volcanic eruption

September 19th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The eruption occurred just before the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption, which is famous for its overwhelming impact on climate worldwide, with 1816 given memorable names such as ’Eighteen-Hundred-and-Froze-to-Death’, the...
The Age of the Sahara desert
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The Age of the Sahara desert

September 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A team of scientists from Norway, France and China revise the view that the Sahara desert has existed for only the last 2-3million...
Study finds Great Barrier Reef is an effective wave absorber
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Study finds Great Barrier Reef is an effective wave absorber

September 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Novel research has found that the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinarily effective wave absorber, despite large gaps between the reefs. This means that landward of the reefs, waves are mostly related to local winds rather than...
Mosses survive climate catastrophes
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Mosses survive climate catastrophes

September 16th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Mosses have existed on Earth for more than 400 million years. During this period they survived many climate catastrophes that wiped out more robust organisms such as, for example, dinosaurs....
The Gulf Stream kept going during the last Ice Age
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The Gulf Stream kept going during the last Ice Age

September 16th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The warm Atlantic water continued to flow into the icy Nordic seas during the coldest periods of the last Ice...
Ancient peach stones offer clues to fruit’s origins
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Ancient peach stones offer clues to fruit’s origins

September 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
As peach trees in the Niagara Region of Ontario give up the last of their fruit for the season, their ancestors halfway around the globe are clamouring for...
Trinity geologists re-write Earth’s evolutionary history books
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Trinity geologists re-write Earth’s evolutionary history books

September 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Geologists from Trinity College Dublin have rewritten the evolutionary history books by finding that oxygen-producing life forms were present on Earth some 3 billion years ago – a full 60 million years earlier than previously...
Flapping baby birds offer clues to origin of flight
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Flapping baby birds offer clues to origin of flight

August 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their “arms” to get...
Snails Tell of the Rise and Fall of the Tibetan Plateau
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Snails Tell of the Rise and Fall of the Tibetan Plateau

August 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The rise of the Tibetan plateau — the largest topographic anomaly above sea level on Earth — is important for both its profound effect on climate and its reflection of continental dynamics....
Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics
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Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

August 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and...
Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land
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Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land

August 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
About 400 million years ago a group of fish began exploring land and evolved into tetrapods – today's amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. But just how these ancient fish used their fishy bodies and fins in a terrestrial...
Citizen scientists saving lives around deadly ‘Throat of Fire’ volcano
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Citizen scientists saving lives around deadly ‘Throat of Fire’ volcano

August 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Citizen scientists are saving lives of people living in the shadow of deadly volcanoes according to new research from the University of East Anglia....
Pre-Columbian Mycobacterial Genomes Reveal Seals as a Source of New World Human Tuberculosis
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Pre-Columbian Mycobacterial Genomes Reveal Seals as a Source of New World Human Tuberculosis

August 20th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Tuberculosis is one of the most persistent and deadliest infectious diseases in the world, killing one to two million people each...
500 million year reset for the immune system
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500 million year reset for the immune system

August 19th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A single factor has the potential to reset the immune system of mice to a state similar to what it was 500 million years ago, a time when the first vertebrates...
Mind-Blowing Giant Crystals — What Can They Teach Us?
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Mind-Blowing Giant Crystals — What Can They Teach Us?

August 12th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Giant gypsum crystals -- some of which are in excess of 30 feet long and half a million years old -- are found deep within the Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico and are renowned for their spectacular beauty....
Reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals lived…and died
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Reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals lived…and died

August 12th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
New three-dimensional reconstructions display how some of the world’s earliest animals developed, and offer some answers as to why they went...
Scientists to explore how insects evolved ultrasonic hearing abilities over millennia
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Scientists to explore how insects evolved ultrasonic hearing abilities over millennia

August 6th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a grant of £250,000 to a team of scientists led by the University of Lincoln, UK, to research how a group of insects evolved incredible ultrasonic hearing...
Jeju Island is a live volcano
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Jeju Island is a live volcano

July 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In Jeju, renowned as an attractive holiday destination with natural tourism resources, a recent study unveiled a volcanic eruption occurred on the island. The Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) discovered...
New view of Rainier’s volcanic plumbing
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New view of Rainier’s volcanic plumbing

July 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Electrical images show flows of fluids to magma...
Dodos and spotted green pigeons are descendants of an island hopping bird
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Dodos and spotted green pigeons are descendants of an island hopping bird

July 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
According to scientists, the mysterious spotted green pigeon (Caloenas maculata) was a relative of the dodo. Scientists have examined the spotted green pigeon’s genetic make up and their findings have been published in the open...
Rewriting the history of volcanic forcing during the past 2,000 years
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Rewriting the history of volcanic forcing during the past 2,000 years

July 6th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
A year-by-year record of volcanic eruptions from a comprehensive Antarctic ice core...