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      December 3, 2020

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      Only Dinosaurs Found in Ireland Described for the First Time

      The only dinosaur bones ever found on the island of Ireland have been formally confirmed for the first time by a team of experts. The two fossils are from two different dinosaurs, a four-legged ...

      True Origin of Oldest Evidence of Animals

      Scientists have resolved a longstanding controversy surrounding the origins of complex life on Earth. The studies found molecular fossils extracted from 635-million-year-old rocks aren't the earliest ...

      New Analysis Refutes Claim That Dinosaurs Were in Decline Before Asteroid Hit

      New research suggests that dinosaurs were not in decline before the asteroid hit. The study contradicts previous theories and concludes that had the ...

      New Fossil Seal Species Rewrites History

      An international team of biologists has discovered a new species of extinct monk seal from the Southern Hemisphere -- describing it as the biggest breakthrough in seal evolution in 70 ...
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      Study of Ancient Dog DNA Traces Canine Diversity to the Ice Age

      A global study of ancient dog DNA presents evidence that there were different types of dogs more than 11,000 years ago in the period immediately following the Ice ...

      Antarctica Yields Oldest Fossils of Giant Birds With 21-Foot Wingspans

      Some of the largest birds in history, called pelagornithids, arose a few million years after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs and patrolled the oceans with giant wingspans for some ...

      Deep Sea Coral Time Machines Reveal Ancient CO2 Burps

      The fossilized remains of ancient deep-sea corals may act as time machines providing new insights into the effect the ocean has on rising CO2 ...

      Ancient Tiny Teeth Reveal First Mammals Lived More Like Reptiles

      Pioneering analysis of 200 million-year-old teeth belonging to the earliest mammals suggests they functioned like their cold-blooded counterparts - reptiles, leading less active but much longer ...

      Scientists Reconstruct Beetles from the Cretaceous

      An international research team has examined four newly found specimens of the Mysteriomorphidae beetle using computer tomography and has been able to reconstruct them. The results allow to draw ...

      Toothless Dino's Lost Digits Point to Spread of Parrot-Like Species

      A newly discovered species of toothless, two-fingered dinosaur has shed light on how a group of parrot-like animals thrived more than 68 million years ...

      Evolution of the Y Chromosome in Great Apes Deciphered

      New analysis of the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosomes from all living species of the great ape family helps to clarify our understanding of how this enigmatic chromosome ...

      The First Human Settlers on Islands Caused Extinctions

      Though some believe prehistoric humans lived in harmony with nature, a new analysis of fossils shows human arrival in the Bahamas caused some birds to be lost from the islands and other species to be ...

      A Tale of Two Cesspits: DNA Reveals Intestinal Health in Medieval Europe and Middle East

      Analysis of 14th-15th century latrines in Jerusalem and Riga, Latvia identifies some of the microbes resident in the guts of these pre-industrial populations, illuminating how gut contents have ...

      Searching for the Chemistry of Life

      In the search for the chemical origins of life, researchers have found a possible alternative path for the emergence of the characteristic DNA pattern: According to the experiments, the ...

      Ice Age Manatees May Have Called Texas Home

      Manatees don't live year-round in Texas, but these gentle sea cows are known to occasionally visit, swimming in for a 'summer vacation' and returning to warmer waters for the winter. ...

      Rodent Ancestors Combined Portions of Blood and Venom Genes to Make Pheromones

      Experts who study animal pheromones have traced the evolutionary origins of genes that allow mice, rats and other rodents to communicate through smell. The discovery is a clear example of how new ...

      The Ancient Neanderthal Hand in Severe COVID-19

      Genetic variants that leave their carrier more susceptible to severe COVID-19 are inherited from Neanderthals, a new study ...

      'Immortal' in Tree Resin

      Researchers have detected DNA from ambrosia beetles that were trapped in recent tree resin for less than seven ...

      Dinosaur Feather Study Debunked

      A new study provides substantial evidence that the first fossil feather ever to be discovered does belong to the iconic bird-like dinosaur, Archaeopteryx. This debunks a recent theory that the fossil ...

      Salute the Venerable Ensign Wasp, Killing Cockroaches for 25 Million Years

      A new study has identified four new species of parasitic, cockroach-killing ensign wasps that became encased in tree resin 25 million years ago and were preserved as the resin fossilized into ...

      Y Chromosomes of Neanderthals and Denisovans Now Sequenced

      An international research team led by Martin Petr and Janet Kelso of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has determined Y chromosome sequences of three ...

      Jaws of Death: Paleontologist Renames Giant, Prehistoric Marine Lizard

      Paleontologists describe a new genus of mosasaur, Gnathomortis stadtmani, a marine lizard that roamed the oceans of North America toward the end of the Age of ...

      Dino Teeth Research Prove Giant Predatory Dinosaur Lived in Water

      A discovery of more than a thousand dinosaur teeth proves beyond reasonable doubt that Spinosaurus, the giant predator made famous by the movie Jurassic Park III as well as the BBC documentary Planet ...

      Bird Beak Revealed by Laser Imaging Informs Early Beak Function and Development

      Confuciusornis was a crow-like fossil bird that lived in the Cretaceous ~120 million years ago. It was one of the first birds to evolve a beak. Early beak evolution remains understudied. Using an ...

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