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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...
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....
Ancient shrimp-like animals had ‘modern’ hearts and blood vessels
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Ancient shrimp-like animals had ‘modern’ hearts and blood vessels

April 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In 520 million-year-old fossil deposits resembling an 'invertebrate version of Pompeii,' researchers have found an ancestor of modern crustaceans revealing the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved...
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 sea creatures filtered food like modern whales
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Ancient sea creatures filtered food like modern whales

March 27th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Ancient, giant marine animals used bizarre facial appendages to filter food from the ocean, according to new fossils discovered in northern...
Counting calories in the fossil record
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Counting calories in the fossil record

March 26th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Starting about 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, brachiopod groups disappeared in large numbers, along with 90 percent of the planet's...
Amphibians and dinosaurs were the new large predators after the mass extinction
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Amphibians and dinosaurs were the new large predators after the mass extinction

March 20th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
252 million years ago the largest extinction event occurred at the end of the Permian age. It wiped out almost 90 percent of all life in...
Earliest evidence of limb bone marrow in the fin of a 370 million year old fish
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Earliest evidence of limb bone marrow in the fin of a 370 million year old fish

March 19th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Long bones, which are found in the limb of tetrapods, are not only important for locomotion and supporting the weight of the body, but also host the bone...
Palaeontologists unearth rare 15-million-year-old bilby
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Palaeontologists unearth rare 15-million-year-old bilby

March 17th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
An ancient fossil of the bilby, Australia’s answer to the Easter rabbit, has been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage site in north west...
Parental care of the young from 450 million years ago
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Parental care of the young from 450 million years ago

March 14th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
A portrait of prehistoric parenthood captured deep in the fossil record has been uncovered by an international team of scientists led by University of Leicester geologist Professor David...
Extinct California porpoise had a unique underbite
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Extinct California porpoise had a unique underbite

March 14th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Millions of years ago, the coast of California was home to a species of porpoise distinguished from its living relatives by a lower jaw that extended well beyond the upper. In other words, the long-lost porpoise had a rather...
Dinosaur skull may reveal T. rex’s smaller cousin from the north
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Dinosaur skull may reveal T. rex’s smaller cousin from the north

March 13th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
A 70 million year old fossil found in the Late Cretaceous sediments of Alaska reveals a new small...