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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...
Forelimb bone data predicts predator style
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Forelimb bone data predicts predator style

June 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
At the start of their research, paleobiologists Christine Janis and Borja Figueirido simply wanted to determine the hunting style of an extinct marsupial called Thylacine (also known as the "marsupial wolf" or the "Tasmanian...
Research provides new theory on cause of ice age 2.6 million years ago
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Research provides new theory on cause of ice age 2.6 million years ago

June 27th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Research provides new theory on cause of ice age 2.6 million years...
An Ecological Assessment over Several Millennia
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An Ecological Assessment over Several Millennia

June 24th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
An Ecological Assessment over Several...
Discovery of Earth’s Northernmost Perennial Spring
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Discovery of Earth’s Northernmost Perennial Spring

June 19th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Discovery of Earth’s Northernmost Perennial...
Studies show movements of continents speeding up after slow ‘middle age’
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Studies show movements of continents speeding up after slow ‘middle age’

June 16th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Two studies show that the movement rate of plates carrying the Earth's crust may not be constant over time. This could provide a new explanation for the patterns observed in the speed of evolution and has implications for the...
First atlas of Inuit Arctic trails launched
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First atlas of Inuit Arctic trails launched

June 11th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
New digital resource brings together centuries of cultural knowledge for the first time, showing that networks of trails over snow and sea ice, seemingly unconnected to the untrained eye, in fact span a continent – and that the...
Climate not to blame for the disappearance of large mammals
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Climate not to blame for the disappearance of large mammals

June 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study unequivocally points to humans as the cause of the mass extinction of large animals all over the world during the course of the last 100,000 years. Was it mankind or climate change that caused the extinction of a...
Australia’s deadly eruptions the reason for the first mass extinction
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Australia’s deadly eruptions the reason for the first mass extinction

May 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A Curtin University researcher has shown that ancient volcanic eruptions in Australia 510 million years ago significantly affected the climate, causing the first known mass extinction in the history of complex...
Ancient DNA ends Aussie claim to kiwi origins
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Ancient DNA ends Aussie claim to kiwi origins

May 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Australia can no longer lay claim to the origins of the iconic New Zealand kiwi following research showing the kiwi's closest relative is not the emu as was previously...
Buried fossil soils found to be awash in carbon
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Buried fossil soils found to be awash in carbon

May 27th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Soils that formed on the Earth's surface thousands of years ago and that are now deeply buried features of vanished landscapes have been found to be rich in carbon, adding a new dimension to our planet's carbon cycle. The...
Study uncovers new evidence on species evolution
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Study uncovers new evidence on species evolution

May 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A study involving Simon Fraser University researchers and published today in the journal Science has found evidence for the genomic basis of how new species evolve in adapting to different...
Comet theory over cold snap and Clovis culture proven false
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Comet theory over cold snap and Clovis culture proven false

May 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Controversy over what sparked the Younger Dryas, a brief return to near glacial conditions at the end of the Ice Age, includes a theory that it was caused by a comet hitting the...
Tracking turtles in time may resolve evolutionary debate
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Tracking turtles in time may resolve evolutionary debate

May 6th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Turtles are more closely related to birds and crocodilians than to lizards and snakes, according to a study from Dartmouth, Yale and other institutions that examines one of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology....
Metabolism may have started in our early oceans before the origin of life
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Metabolism may have started in our early oceans before the origin of life

April 27th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The chemical reactions behind metabolism – the processes that occur within all living organisms in order to sustain life – may have formed spontaneously in the Earth’s early oceans, according to research published...
Researchers Find 3-million-year-old Landscape Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet
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Researchers Find 3-million-year-old Landscape Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

April 21st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything — vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock....
Chickens to chili peppers, the search for the first genetic engineers
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Chickens to chili peppers, the search for the first genetic engineers

April 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Information about archaeological remains of ancient chili peppers in Mexico along with a study of the appearance of words for chili peppers in ancient dialects helped researchers to understand where jalapeños were domesticated...
La Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predators
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La Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predators

April 10th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Concerns about climate change and its impact on the world around us are growing...
Scientists reconstruct ancient impact that dwarfs dinosaur-extinction blast
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Scientists reconstruct ancient impact that dwarfs dinosaur-extinction blast

April 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Picture this: A massive asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island and about three to five times larger than the rock thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs slams into Earth....
Amborella, a record of the evolution of flowering plants
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Amborella, a record of the evolution of flowering plants

April 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The sole survivor of the oldest line of flowering plants, Amborella is the last witness of the great biological success these plants have had over millions of...
Hummingbird evolution soared after they invaded South America 22 million years ago
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Hummingbird evolution soared after they invaded South America 22 million years ago

April 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A newly constructed family tree of the hummingbirds, published today in the journal Current Biology, tells a story of a unique group of birds that originated in Europe, passed through Asia and North America, and ultimately found...
Ancient Egyptian weather report describes result of massive volcanic eruption
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Ancient Egyptian weather report describes result of massive volcanic eruption

April 3rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world’s oldest weather reports—and could provide new evidence about the chronology of events in the ancient Middle...
Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds
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Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds

April 3rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Findings push back earliest known East-West interaction along Slik Road by 2,000...
Famous paintings help study the Earth’s past atmosphere
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Famous paintings help study the Earth’s past atmosphere

March 25th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere....
Neck ribs in woolly mammoths provide clues about their decline and eventual extinction
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Neck ribs in woolly mammoths provide clues about their decline and eventual extinction

March 25th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Researchers recently noticed that the remains of woolly mammoths from the North Sea often possess a 'cervical' (neck) rib—in fact, 10 times more frequently than in modern elephants (33.3% versus 3.3%)....
Dust in the wind drove iron fertilization during ice age
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Dust in the wind drove iron fertilization during ice age

March 24th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Researchers from Princeton University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have confirmed that during the last ice age iron fertilization caused plankton to thrive in a region of the Southern...
Humans drive evolution of conch size
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Humans drive evolution of conch size

March 19th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
The first humans to pluck a Caribbean fighting conch from the shallow lagoons of Panama's Bocas del Toro were in for a good...