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Misunderstood worm-like fossil finds its place in the Tree of Life
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Misunderstood worm-like fossil finds its place in the Tree of Life

August 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with...
Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group
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Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group

August 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Biologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have assigned a number of 435-million-year-old fossils to a new genus of predatory arthropods. These animals lived in shallow marine habitats and were far less...
Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds
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Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds

August 20th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
For most people, mere mention of the word Jurassic conjures up images of huge dinosaurs chomping their way through lush vegetation – and each other. However, mammals and their immediate ancestors were also around in the...
Evolution of marine crocodilians constrained by ocean temperatures
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Evolution of marine crocodilians constrained by ocean temperatures

August 20th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The ancestors of today’s crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new Anglo-French study, which establishes the link between marine crocodilian diversity and the...
Toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs dominated the Late Cretaceous skies
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Toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs dominated the Late Cretaceous skies

August 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study provides an exciting insight into the Late Cretaceous and the diversity and distribution of the toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs from the Azhdarchidae family. The research was published in the open access journal...
New home for an ‘evolutionary misfit’
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New home for an ‘evolutionary misfit’

August 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A worm-like creature with legs and spikes finally finds its place in the evolutionary tree of...
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...
Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds
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Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds

August 1st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A novel study lead by Adelaide scientist has shown how enormous, carnivorous, ground-dwelling dinosaurs – the theropods – evolved into agile flyers: they kept shrinking in size for over 50 million...
Decades-old amber collection offers news views of a lost world
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Decades-old amber collection offers news views of a lost world

July 31st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists are searching through an extremely large collection of 20-million-year-old amber unearthed in the Dominican Republic over 50 years ago; the effort is displaying new insights into ancient tropical insects and the world...
Unique Images bring fossil insects back to life
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Unique Images bring fossil insects back to life

July 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A ground breaking new book brings together two of the major disciplines behind the popular film franchise Jurassic Park, with the aim to raise the profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique...
Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
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Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

July 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists say that the dinosaurs may have survived the fatal asteroid strike if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in...
Mammoth and Mastodon Behavior was less roam, more stay at home
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Mammoth and Mastodon Behavior was less roam, more stay at home

July 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
According to research conducted by the University of Cincinnati, the fuzzy relatives of modern-day elephants liked living in Greater Cincinnati long before it became the trendy hot spot it is today- at the end of the last ice...
Science and art bring back to life 300 million-year-old specimens of a primitive reptile-like vertebrate
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Science and art bring back to life 300 million-year-old specimens of a primitive reptile-like vertebrate

July 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Palaeontologists from the Natural History Museum and academics from Lincoln, Cambridge and Slovakia have managed to recreate the cranial structure of a 308-million-year-old lizard-like vertebrate that could potentially be the...
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...
New Feathered Predatory Fossil unearths new information on dinosaur flight
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New Feathered Predatory Fossil unearths new information on dinosaur flight

July 16th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Discovered in China, “Four-Winged” fossil helps explain how larger dinosaurs took to the...
Meet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestor
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Meet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestor

July 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
An animal once thought to have disappeared from North America before the arrival of humans might have actually roamed the continent longer than previously thought-and it was likely on the list of prey for early humans,...
Extinct Sea Scorpion gets Yale eye exam, with surprising results
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Extinct Sea Scorpion gets Yale eye exam, with surprising results

July 11th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Poor peepers are a problem, even if you are a big, bad sea scorpion....
New fossil find pinpoints the origin of jaws in vertebrates
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New fossil find pinpoints the origin of jaws in vertebrates

July 6th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
A major fossil discovery in Canada sheds new light on the development of the earliest vertebrates, including the origin of jaws, the first time this feature has been seen so early in the fossil...
Oldest biodiversity found in Gabonese marine ecosystem
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Oldest biodiversity found in Gabonese marine ecosystem

July 6th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Researchers have discovered, in clay sediments from Gabon, fossils of the oldest multicellular organisms ever found. In total, more than 400 fossils dating back 2.1 billion years have been collected, including dozens of new...
Archaeopteryx plumage: First show off, then take off
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Archaeopteryx plumage: First show off, then take off

July 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Archaeopteryx plumage: First show off, then take...
New study: Ancient Arctic sharks tolerated brackish water 50 million years ago
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New study: Ancient Arctic sharks tolerated brackish water 50 million years ago

June 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Sharks were a tolerant bunch some 50 million years ago, cruising an Arctic Ocean that contained about the same percentage of freshwater as Louisiana's Lake Ponchatrain does today, says a new study involving the University of...
Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study finds
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Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study finds

June 27th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study...
Bizarre Parasite from the Jurassic
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Bizarre Parasite from the Jurassic

June 25th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Bizarre Parasite from the...
What a 66-million-year-old forest fire reveals about the last days of the dinosaurs
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What a 66-million-year-old forest fire reveals about the last days of the dinosaurs

June 5th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
As far back as the time of the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago, forests recovered from fires in the same manner they do today, according to a team of researchers from McGill University and the Royal Saskatchewan...
Of Dinosaurs and Mathematics
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Of Dinosaurs and Mathematics

June 5th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Dinosaurs and mathematics do not seem like an obvious pair, but for Professor Robert Sinclair and his Mathematical Biology Unit, they are a logical match....
Scientist Uses Fossils to Confirm Historic Ohio Millstones Have French Origins
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Scientist Uses Fossils to Confirm Historic Ohio Millstones Have French Origins

June 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A geologist studied fossils to confirm that stones used in 19th century Ohio grain mills originated from France....
One of the World’s Most Significant Finds of Marine Reptile Fossils from the Cretaceous Period
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One of the World’s Most Significant Finds of Marine Reptile Fossils from the Cretaceous Period

June 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The cache of skeletal ichthyosaurs stumbled upon ten years ago in Chile turns out to be one of the world’s most significant fossil finds of marine reptiles from the Cretaceous period, containing many nearly fully preserved...
Chinese scientists map reproductive system’s evolution as dinosaurs gave rise to birds
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Chinese scientists map reproductive system’s evolution as dinosaurs gave rise to birds

May 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
As winged dinosaurs underwent a series of evolutionary changes during the transition into Aves, or birds, one pivotal transformation was the appearance of a single-ovary reproductive system....
Fossil avatars are transforming palaeontology
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Fossil avatars are transforming palaeontology

May 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
New techniques for visualizing fossils are transforming our understanding of evolutionary history according to a paper published by leading palaeontologists at the University of...
Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving
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Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving

May 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A study that has ‘weighed’ hundreds of dinosaurs suggests that shrinking their bodies may have helped the group that became birds to continually exploit new ecological niches throughout their evolution, and become hugely...
Richest marine reptile fossil bed along Africa’s South Atlantic coast is dated at 71.5 mya
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Richest marine reptile fossil bed along Africa’s South Atlantic coast is dated at 71.5 mya

May 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study uses carbon isotope dating to determine the first precise age for this bed, and ties the western coast of Africa to 30 million years of global geologic...
Fossil palm beetles ‘hindcast’ 50-million-year-old winters
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Fossil palm beetles ‘hindcast’ 50-million-year-old winters

May 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Fifty-million-year-old fossil beetles that fed only on palm seeds reveal new information about ancient...
Ancient giant sperm discovered
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Ancient giant sperm discovered

May 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Preserved giant sperm from tiny shrimps that lived at least 17 million years ago have been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site by a team including UNSW Australia...
Revealing the healing of Dino-sores
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Revealing the healing of Dino-sores

May 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists have used state-of-the-art imaging techniques to examine the cracks, fractures and breaks in the bones of a 150 million-year-old predatory...
Redescription of the oldest-known dolphin skull sheds light on their origins and evolution
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Redescription of the oldest-known dolphin skull sheds light on their origins and evolution

May 8th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Dolphins are the most diverse family of living marine mammals and include species such as the bottlenose dolphin and the killer...
All teeth and claws? New study sheds light on dinosaur claw function
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All teeth and claws? New study sheds light on dinosaur claw function

May 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Theropod dinosaurs, a group which includes such famous species asTyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor, are often regarded as carnivorous and predatory animals, using their sharp teeth and claws to capture and dispatch...
Newly found dinosaur is long-nosed cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex
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Newly found dinosaur is long-nosed cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex

May 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists have discovered a new species of long-snouted tyrannosaur, nicknamed Pinocchio rex, which stalked the Earth more than 66 million years...
Ancient ‘spider’ images reveal eye-opening secrets
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Ancient ‘spider’ images reveal eye-opening secrets

April 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Stunning images of a 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil reveal ancestors of the modern-day arachnids had two sets of eyes rather than...
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...