This Eocene Antarctic fossil penguin skull was discovered at La Meseta Formation at Seymour Island.
CREDIT : Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
27 Aug 2015

New fossil skulls reveal insights about penguin brain evolution

When they’re not being the stars of various animated movies, penguins are playing an important role in evolutionary studies. Penguins are unique among modern birds in that they ‘fly’ through the water.

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24 Aug 2015

Final appeal to extend the export ban on Sekhemka

On Saturday 22 August the Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty told a press conference in Cairo that the sale of the statue of Sekhemka at Christie’s in July 2014 was an ”ethical crime”

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HUNTER
21 Aug 2015

Humans as predators: An unsustainable appetite for adults and carnivores

Humans are just one of many predators in this world, but a new study highlights how their intense tendency to target and kill adult prey, as well as other carnivores, sets them distinctly apart from other predators. As humans kill other species in their reproductive prime, there can be profound

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19 Aug 2015

scientists think ‘planetary pebbles’ were the building blocks for the largest planets

Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and Queen’s University in Canada have unraveled the mystery of how Jupiter and Saturn likely formed. This discovery, which changes our view of how all planets might have formed, will be published in the Aug. 20 issue of Nature.

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Here is a comparison of morphology in UW 88-886 (left), P. angusticepts males (CO 100, center), and P. izodi males (TP 89-11-1, right). Credit : Wits University
19 Aug 2015

Earliest baboon found at Malapa

A team from Wits University’s Evolutionary Studies Institute has discovered a fossil monkey specimen representing the earliest baboon ever found.

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Image Credit : Hubble ESA
18 Aug 2015

Meteorite impacts can create DNA building blocks

A new study shown that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans may have created nucleobases and amino acids.

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Evidence of a massive injuries shortly before or after death: skull injury in an 8 year old child about. (Photo: PNAS, University of Basel)
18 Aug 2015

Massacres, torture and mutilation: Extreme violence in neolithic conflicts

Violent conflicts in Neolithic Europe were held more brutally than has been known so far.

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This is the first-ever discovery of a salamander preserved in amber, from an unlikely spot -- the Dominican Republic, where all salamanders are now extinct. Credit : Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University
17 Aug 2015

Discovery of a salamander in amber sheds light on evolution of Caribbean islands

More than 20 million years ago, a short struggle took place in what is now the Dominican Republic, resulting in one animal getting its leg bitten off by a predator just before it escaped. But in the confusion, it fell into a gooey resin deposit, to be fossilized and entombed forever in amber.

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This is the marine shell-crushing reptile Psephoderma alpinum, one of the last placodonts on Earth, just reported from Somerset. Credit : James O'Shea
17 Aug 2015

Ancient British shores teemed with life

The diversity of animal life that inhabited the coastlines of South West England 200 million years ago has been revealed in a study by an undergraduate at the University of Bristol.

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his is a large intact specimen of the fossil, Montsechia. Usually only small fragmentary pieces of the fossil are found. Credit : David Dilcher
17 Aug 2015

IU paleobotanist identifies what could be the mythical ‘first flower’

Indiana University paleobotanist David Dilcher and colleagues in Europe have identified a 125 million- to 130 million-year-old freshwater plant as one of earliest flowering plants on Earth.

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17 Aug 2015

Interactive Timeline on the History of Diamond Mining

A timeline of diamond mining from the first recorded accounts to the present day.

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Emory University anthropologist Jessica Thompson is at work in the field in Africa. She specializes in the study of what happens to bones after an animal dies. Credit : Photo courtesy Jessica Thompson.
17 Aug 2015

Marks on 3.4-million-year-old bones not due to trampling, analysis confirms

Marks on two 3.4 million-year-old animal bones found at the site of Dikika, Ethiopia, were not caused by trampling, an extensive statistical analysis confirms.

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Image Credit : CrossRail
13 Aug 2015

Suspected plague pit from 1665 unearthed at Liverpool Street London

A mass burial site suspected of containing 30 victims of The Great Plague of 1665 has been unearthed at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street site in the City of London.

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Researchers scour Turkish hills for fossils from the Middle Eocene Climactic Optimum. Images courtesy Christopher Beard.
13 Aug 2015

Research into mammal evolution focuses on pivotal Eocene interval in Turkey

Scientists from the University of Kansas are departing this month to investigate how climate, plate tectonics and other factors influenced evolution by bringing species together in modern-day Turkey 42 million years ago during the Eocene epoch.

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