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September 01, 2017
Volcanic eruptions drove ancient global warming event
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A natural global warming event that took place 56 million years ago was triggered almost entirely by volcanic eruptions that occurred as Greenland separated from Europe during the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean, according to an international team of researchers that includes Andy Ridgwell, a University of California, Riverside professor of earth sciences. The findings, published in Nature, refute the more commonly favored explanation that the event, called the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximu ... read more

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New ancient sea reptile found in Germany - The earliest of its kind
A previously unrecognized 132 million-year-old fossilized sea monster from northern Germany has been identified by an international team of researchers. Findings published in the Journal of Vertebra ... more
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New dinosaur discovery suggests new species roosted together like modern birds
The Mongolian Desert has been known for decades for its amazing array of dinosaurs, immaculately preserved in incredible detail and in associations that give exceedingly rare glimpses at behavior in ... more
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Variation in the recovery of tetrapods
The end-Permian mass extinction (EPME) occurred about 250 million years ago and represents the Earth's most catastrophic extinction event. Up to 96% of marine species and 70% of terrestrial vertebra ... more
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Fossils reveal how bizarre mammal beat extinction
Animals that live on islands are among the most at risk from extinction. A remarkable eighty percent of extinctions occurring since 1500AD have been on islands, with inhabitants facing dangers from ... more
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The first hard evidence for the 'outside-in' theory of the origin of teeth
Researchers studying a 400 million year old bony fish from Estonia believe that they have found evidence for the origins of teeth. Using advanced synchrotron microtomography on numerous specimens re ... more
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Study finds origins of mammalian anatomical pattern
Researchers at Midwestern University have discovered that the muscles that control the unique mammalian perineal structures follow an ancient pattern. ... more
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Mechanisms explaining positional diversity of the hindlimb in tetrapod evolution
In the evolution of tetrapods, the position of the hindlimb has diversified along with the vertebral formula, which is the number of small bones forming the vertebra. Tetrapods, as the name implies, ... more
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First winged mammals from the Jurassic period discovered
Two 160 million-year-old mammal fossils discovered in China show that the forerunners of mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees. With long limbs, long hand and foot finger ... more

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Experiments cast doubt on how the Earth was formed
New geochemical research indicates that existing theories of the formation of the Earth may be mistaken. The results of experiments to show how zinc (Zn) relates to sulphur (S) under the conditions ... more
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ASU graduate student leads study estimating oxygen loss in ancient global ocean
A loss of oxygen in global ocean seawater 94 million years ago led to a mass extinction of marine life that lasted for roughly half a million years. Scientists have found several potential explanati ... more
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Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth
Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist. ... more
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Vegan raptor may be missing link between two major dino groups
Paleontologists have discovered a missing link between two large and diverse dinosaur groups. ... more
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Ancient fish fossil reveals human-like jaw structure
Australian scientists have discovered a 400-million-year-old fish fossil featuring a human-like jaw structure. Paleontologists believe the ancient fish species' jaw bones represent an evolutionary antecedent of the human jaw. ... more
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Scientists unearth largest dinosaur species in Patagonia
Paleontologists have unearthed a new species of titanosaur in Agentina's Patagonia. Researchers believe it is the largest dinosaur species ever discovered. ... more
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What flowers looked like 100 million years ago
Flowering plants with are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. Flowering plants arose only about 140 million years ago, but since then have diversified spectacularly. No one knows exact ... more
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Well-preserved Canadian fossil reveals dinosaur armor like no other
One of the most well-preserved dinosaur fossils ever recovered has revealed a set of scales unlike any sported by armored dinosaurs. ... more

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Scientists rediscover lost burial site of famed long-necked sauropod
A team of Australian and British palaeontologists have rediscovered the lost burial site of Austrosaurus mckillop, a long-necked sauropod first found in 1932. ... more
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Dinosaur-era plant found growing in Wisconsin lakes
Scientists have found a surprise algae species growing in Wisconsin lakes, a species most thought was existent from the Americas. ... more
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Large-mouthed fish dominated the seas following mass extinction
A team of American and Swiss paleontologists have identified one of the earliest large predatory fish species from the Triassic period. Scientists suggest the large-mouthed fish dominated the seas in the aftermath of the Permian-Triassic extinction event. ... more
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The puzzle of evolutionary relationships among vertebrates
Using the largest and most informative molecular phylogenetic dataset ever analysed, evolutionary biologists were able to construct a new phylogenetic tree of jawed vertebrates. This new tree resolv ... more
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The oldest bad boy in the world
He's Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old, and he's currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists. The discovery of a b ... more
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Link between continental breakup, volcanic carbon emissions may influence evolution
New research suggests continental drift dictates volcanic carbon emissions. ... more
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Our ancestors were already warm-blooded before PT extinction event
For how long have warm-blooded animals existed? The time at which this character first appeared in the ancestors of mammals has long been debated. Now, dating analyses carried out on 90 fossils by a ... more
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Ancient plankton-like microfossils span 2 continents
Large, robust, lens-shaped microfossils from the approximately 3.4 billion-year-old Kromberg Formation of the Kaapvaal Craton in eastern South Africa are not only among the oldest elaborate microorg ... more
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