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Life Sciences - Paleontology - 19.02.2024
Little African duckbill dinosaurs provide evidence of an unlikely ocean crossing
Little African duckbill dinosaurs provide evidence of an unlikely ocean crossing
New species of duckbill dinosaur found in Africa indicates they were diverse, with at least three species inhabiting north Africa at the end of the Cretaceous.

Environment - Paleontology - 07.02.2024
66 million-year history of carbon dioxide shows climate is highly sensitive to greenhouse gases
66 million-year history of carbon dioxide shows climate is highly sensitive to greenhouse gases
The last time atmospheric carbon dioxide consistently reached today's human-driven levels was 14 million years ago, researchers have found.

Paleontology - 22.01.2024
What human fossils reveal about life stories
What human fossils reveal about life stories

Paleontology - Media - 28.11.2023
Study gives grandmother gecko a place of honor - and a new name
Study gives grandmother gecko a place of honor - and a new name
Helioscopus dickersonae lived in North America in the late Jurassic period, 100 million years earlier than any previously known early gecko relative.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 06.11.2023
The last turn of 'Ezekiel's Wheel' honors a Yale-affiliated fossil hunter
The last turn of ’Ezekiel’s Wheel’ honors a Yale-affiliated fossil hunter
Yale paleontologists have identified a -problematic- fossil as an ancient sea creature that lived in the plankton 420 million years ago. The mystery of Ezekiel's Wheel - the extinct sea creature, not the Biblical vision - may have taken its final turn, thanks to Yale paleontologists. In so doing, the researchers have also finally put a scientific name to the favorite fossil of a beloved amateur fossil hunter.

Environment - Paleontology - 30.10.2023
Elephants: Earth’s giant climate change canaries
Research project traces 60 million years of elephant evolution and how humans may be the species' undoing University of Michigan researcher Bill Sanders poses with a newly discovered skull and skeleton of a palaeoloxodont elephant, which is about 1.2 million years old.

Paleontology - Art and Design - 24.10.2023
Manchester palaeontologist to hit Hollywood red carpet ahead of lead role in international dinosaur documentary

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 23.10.2023
Finding Argoland: how a lost continent resurfaced
Finding Argoland: how a lost continent resurfaced
Geologists have long known that around 155 million years ago, a 5000 km long piece of continent broke off western Australia and drifted away.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 13.09.2023
Nature's great survivors: Flowering plants survived the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs
Nature’s great survivors: Flowering plants survived the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs
New Milner Centre for Evolution study tracks how "flower power" survived mass extinction 66 million years ago to become the dominant plant type Published on Wednesday 13 September 2023 Last updated on Wednesday 13 September 2023 A new study by researchers from the University of Bath (UK) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico) shows that flowering plants escaped relatively unscathed from the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

Paleontology - 23.08.2023
Fossils of 'primitive cousins of T rex' shed light on the end of the age of dinosaurs in Africa
Fossils of ’primitive cousins of T rex’ shed light on the end of the age of dinosaurs in Africa
Fossils of two new abelisaurs have been discovered in Morocco, showing the diversity of dinosaurs in this region at the end of the Cretaceous period.

Environment - Paleontology - 17.08.2023
You're reading this because an asteroid killed the dinosaurs, allowing mammals to dominate the Earth. But why?
You’re reading this because an asteroid killed the dinosaurs, allowing mammals to dominate the Earth. But why?

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 27.07.2023
Perfectly preserved turtle fossil gives clues to habitat 150 million years ago
Perfectly preserved turtle fossil gives clues to habitat 150 million years ago
A perfectly preserved turtle fossil from Lower Bavaria yields important clues about both the species and the habitat that existed in southern Germany 150 million years ago.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 27.06.2023
Clues in the clay: Scientists narrow the search for the first animals
Clues in the clay: Scientists narrow the search for the first animals
Using a particular type of sedimentary rocks as their guide, researchers begin to tackle the question of when animals first appeared on Earth.

Paleontology - 14.06.2023
First hominin muscle reconstruction shows 3.2 million-year-old 'Lucy' could stand as erect as we can
First hominin muscle reconstruction shows 3.2 million-year-old ’Lucy’ could stand as erect as we can
Digital modelling of legendary fossil's soft tissue suggests Australopithecus afarensis had powerful leg and pelvic muscles suited to tree dwelling, but knee muscles that allowed fully erect walking.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 23.05.2023
Did dome-headed dinosaurs sport bristly headgear?
An artist's depiction of a newly described species of pachycephalosaur that was named Platytholus clemensi, after the late UC Berkeley paleontologist William Clemens.

Environment - Paleontology - 24.04.2023
Digesta: An overlooked source of Ice Age carbs
Study: Human consumption of large herbivore digesta and its implications for foraging theory Early human foragers may have relied on eating the partially digested vegetable matter, called digesta, found in the stomachs and digestive tracts of bison and other large game herbivores.

Paleontology - Environment - 20.04.2023
Acclaimed British dinosaur hunter to headline Wyoming’s ’Jurassic Fest’

Paleontology - History / Archeology - 16.02.2023
Giant meat-eating dinosaur footprint is largest found in Yorkshire
An almost metre-long footprint made by a giant, meat-eating theropod dinosaur from the Jurassic Period represents the largest of its kind ever found in Yorkshire. Curiously, the unusual footprint appears to capture the moment that the dinosaur rested or crouched down some 166 million years ago. The Yorkshire coast is renowned for producing some visually and scientifically incredible fossils, including thousands of dinosaur footprints.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 01.02.2023
319-million-year-old fish preserves the earliest fossilized brain of a backboned animal
Study: Exceptional fossil preservation and evolution of the ray-finned fish brain DOI 10.1038/s41586'022 -05666-1 The CT-scanned skull of a 319-million-year-old fossilized fish, pulled from a coal mine in England more than a century ago, has revealed the oldest example of a well-preserved vertebrate brain.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 21.12.2022
The other paleo diet: Rare discovery of dinosaur remains preserved with its last meal
The other paleo diet: Rare discovery of dinosaur remains preserved with its last meal
Microraptor was an opportunistic predator, feeding on fish, birds, lizards - and now small mammals. The discovery of a rare fossil reveals the creature was a generalist carnivore in the ancient ecosystem of dinosaurs. Finding the last meal of any fossil animal is rare. When McGill University Professor Hans Larsson saw a complete mammal foot inside the rib cage of the small, feathered dinosaur, his jaw dropped.

Paleontology - Environment - 28.11.2022
Beavers Have Lived in Family Clans in the Allgäu for More Than Eleven Million Years
Beavers Have Lived in Family Clans in the Allgäu for More Than Eleven Million Years
For paleontologists, Hammerschmiede in the Allgäu region, the site where the great ape Danuvius was discovered, is a treasure trove unlike any other: more than 140 fossil vertebrate species have been found here.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 21.11.2022
Going to the 'femoral head' of the class to explain dinosaur evolution
Going to the ’femoral head’ of the class to explain dinosaur evolution
A new study by Yale paleontologists charts the radical evolutionary changes to the thigh bones of dinosaurs and birds that allowed them to stand on two feet. Dinosaurs - and birds - wouldn't have been able to stand on their own two feet without some radical changes to their upper thigh bones. Now, a new study by Yale paleontologists charts the evolutionary course of these leggy alterations.

History / Archeology - Paleontology - 15.11.2022
Vulnerable Prehistoric Giants
Vulnerable Prehistoric Giants
The remains of glyptodonts, a group of extinct giant armadillos, indicate that humans spread to South America earlier than previously assumed. Found in northwestern Venezuela, the fractured skulls could represent evidence of hunting by humans, says UZH paleontologist Marcelo Sánchez. Skilled human hunters are also likely to have contributed to pushing the large, heavily armored animals over the brink.

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 20.10.2022
How old is Yosemite Valley?
Tenaya Canyon (center) and part of Yosemite Valley (foreground) as seen from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 30.09.2022
What a reptile's bones can teach us about Earth's perilous past
What a reptile’s bones can teach us about Earth’s perilous past
An extinct reptile's oddly shaped chompers, fingers, and ear bones may tell us quite a bit about the resilience of life on Earth, according to a new study. In fact, paleontologists at Yale, Sam Houston State University, and the University of the Witwatersrand say the 250-million-year-old reptile, known as Palacrodon, fills in an important gap in our understanding of reptile evolution.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 31.08.2022
Worldwide flower family bloomed 50 million years before the dinosaurs
Worldwide flower family bloomed 50 million years before the dinosaurs
New Curtin-led research has discovered that a group of flowering plants with more than one thousand species worldwide is 150 million years older than botanists previously believed.

Paleontology - 25.08.2022
The talking dead: burials inform migrations in Indonesia
The talking dead: burials inform migrations in Indonesia
The discovery of three anicent bodies on Indonesia's Alor Island tells new stories of the earliest humans in island Southeast Asia. If three ancient bodies buried in Indonesia could talk, researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) say they would tell stories of the earliest humans in island Southeast Asia.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 24.08.2022
Fossils of giant sea lizard that ruled the oceans 66 million years ago
Fossils of giant sea lizard that ruled the oceans 66 million years ago
Fossils of a giant killer mosasaur have been discovered, along with the fossilised remains of its prey.

Paleontology - 19.08.2022
What did the dodo really die of?

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 29.07.2022
'Fossil Fishing at the Farm' - Jurassic marine world unearthed in a farmer's field
’Fossil Fishing at the Farm’ - Jurassic marine world unearthed in a farmer’s field
The discovery of an exceptional prehistoric site containing the remains of animals that lived in a tropical sea has been made in a farmer's field in Gloucestershire. Discovered beneath a field grazed by an ancient breed of English Longhorn cattle, the roughly 183-million-year-old fossils are stunningly well preserved like they were frozen in time.

Paleontology - Environment - 26.07.2022
Plesiosaur fossils found in the Sahara suggest they weren't just marine animals
Plesiosaur fossils found in the Sahara suggest they weren’t just marine animals
This discovery of plesiosaur fossils in an ancient riverbed suggests some species, traditionally thought to be sea creatures, may have lived in freshwater.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 18.07.2022
Opinion: Ancient salamander was hidden inside mystery rock for 50 years
Opinion: Ancient salamander was hidden inside mystery rock for 50 years
Writing in The Conversation, Dr Marc Jones and Professor Susan Evans (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) and Professor Richard Benson (University of Oxford) write about their research into a newly-identified extinct salamander species found in Scotland.

Paleontology - 07.06.2022
How plesiosaurs swam underwater
How plesiosaurs swam underwater
Plesiosaurs, which lived about 210 million years ago, adapted to life underwater in a unique way: their front and hind legs evolved in the course of evolution to form four uniform, wing-like flippers.

Paleontology - 19.05.2022
Previously unknown crocodile species lived in Asia 39 million years ago
Based on the many fossil finds of false gharial relatives from North Africa and Europe, palaeontologists believe that this crocodile species originated more than 50 million years ago in the western Tethys, a precursor to today's Mediterranean Sea.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 10.05.2022
Chile's first complete ichthyosaur recovered from a glacier in Patagonia
Chile’s first complete ichthyosaur recovered from a glacier in Patagonia
The fossilised remains of Chile's first complete ichthyosaur have been unearthed from a melting glacier deep in the Patagonia area of the South American country.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 10.05.2022
Whales evolved in three rapid phases, reveals largest study of its kind
Whales evolved in three rapid phases, reveals largest study of its kind
The diversity seen in whale skulls was achieved through three key periods of rapid evolution, reveals a new study led by researchers at UCL and the Natural History Museum. The study, published in Current Biology , gathered the most expansive 3D scan data set ever for Cetacea (whale) skulls spanning 88 living species (representing 95% of extant cetacean species) and 113 fossil species and covering 50 million years of evolution.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 05.05.2022
Was this hyena a distant ancestor of today’s termite-eating aardwolf?
An artist's reconstruction of the Gansu hyena, perhaps a meat eater on its way to becoming an insect eater, like today's aardwolf.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 03.05.2022
A new 30 million years old hedgehog genus fossil was discovered at the Mexican site of Santiago Yolomécatl
A new 30 million years old hedgehog genus fossil was discovered at the Mexican site of Santiago Yolomécatl

Paleontology - Environment - 14.04.2022
Research Summary: new publications
Research Summary: new publications

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 04.04.2022
T. rex’s short arms may have lowered risk of bites during feeding frenzies
A lifesize cast of T. rex in the atrium of UC Berkeley's Valley Life Sciences Building shows how peculiarly short the forearms were, given that the creature was the most ferocious predator of its day.

Event - Paleontology - 31.03.2022
Fossil Treasures of the Alpstein
Fossil Treasures of the Alpstein

Paleontology - Environment - 31.03.2022
Expert Insight: Traces of giant prehistoric crocodiles discovered in northern British Columbia
Giant crocodiles once roamed northeastern British Columbia. A recently published article in Historical Biology features the first detailed trace fossil evidence ever reported of giant crocodylians. The sites are from the Peace Region of northeastern British Columbia, north of Tumbler Ridge. The trace fossils include swim traces , made when the crocodiles were scraping the muddy bottoms of lakes and river channels with their claws.

Paleontology - Environment - 11.01.2022
New study pinpoints twin triggers of Triassic era extinction event
Curtin-led research has revealed an increase in levels of both acid and hydrogen sulfide in the ocean was the double whammy that wiped out marine life during a mass extinction event 201 million years ago.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 05.01.2022
A crab's'eye view of the ancient world
A crab’s’eye view of the ancient world
Their legs may get more attention, but a new study says a crab's eyes have much to offer, too - at least scientifically.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 21.12.2021
An ancient relative of Velociraptor is unearthed in Great Britain
An ancient relative of Velociraptor is unearthed in Great Britain
A new bird-like dinosaur has been found by paleontologists combing through fossils found on the Isle of Wight.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 15.12.2021
Reconstruction of a Cretaceous fossil water plant found in Catalonia using its plant organs
Reconstruction of a Cretaceous fossil water plant found in Catalonia using its plant organs
Palaeonitella trifurcate is the name of a new fossil species of a freshwater plant from the Lower Cretaceous found and reconstructed by a team of geologists of the University of Barcelona. The reconstruction of the plant, dating from between 125 and 120 million years ago, has been conducted using the plant organs found separately in a stratum of limestone from the Natural Park of Garraf, in Olivella (Barcelona).

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 07.12.2021
Fleshing out the bones of Quetzalcoatlus, Earth’s largest flier ever
An artist's rendition of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a type of pterosaur and the largest flying animal that ever lived on Earth.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 30.11.2021
Dinosaurs and amber: a site in Teruel opens a unique window to the Cretaceous world from 110 million years ago
Dinosaurs and amber: a site in Teruel opens a unique window to the Cretaceous world from 110 million years ago
New findings of amber in the site of Ariño in Teruel have enabled the reconstruction of a swampy paleoenvironment with a rich coastal resin forest from 110 million years ago, from the era of dinosaurs. This place featured conifers and understories of gymnosperms and ferns, and flower plants, where insects, turtles, crocodiles, mammals and dinosaurs such as the species Proa valdearinnoensis and E uropelta carbonensis lived.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 29.11.2021
Extinct swordfish-shaped marine reptile discovered
Extinct swordfish-shaped marine reptile discovered
A new 130-million-year-old marine reptile fossil sheds light on the evolution of hypercarnivory of these last-surviving ichthyosaurs A team of international researchers from Canada, Colombia, and Germany has discovered a new marine reptile.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 22.11.2021
California researchers, with assist from U-M, recover mammoth tusk during deep-sea expedition
California researchers, with assist from U-M, recover mammoth tusk during deep-sea expedition
The ocean's dark depths hold many secrets. For more than three decades, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has been exploring the deep waters off the coast of central California.
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