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Meet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestor (7/23/2014)

Meet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestorAn ancient ancestor of the elephant, once believed to have disappeared from North America before humans ever arrived there, might actually have roamed the continent longer than previously thought. Archaeologists, including the University of Arizona's Vance Holliday, have uncovered the first evidence that gomphotheres were once hunted in North America. ...> Full Article


Prehistoric 'bookkeeping' continued long after invention of writing (7/22/2014)

Prehistoric 'bookkeeping' continued long after invention of writingAn ancient token-based recording system from before the dawn of history was rendered obsolete by the birth of writing, according to popular wisdom. But now, latest excavations show that, in fact, these clay tokens were integral to administrative functions right across the Assyrian empire -- millennia after this system was believed to have vanished. ...> Full Article


New feathered predatory fossil sheds light on dinosaur flight (7/20/2014)

New feathered predatory fossil sheds light on dinosaur flightA new raptorial dinosaur fossil with exceptionally long feathers has provided exciting insights into dinosaur flight. A paper published in Nature Communications on July 15, 2014, asserts that the fossil -- discovered by an international team led by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County paleontologist Dr. Luis Chiappe -- has a long feathered tail that Chiappe and co-authors believe was instrumental for decreasing descent speed and assuring safe landings. ...> Full Article


Tooth plaque provides insight into our prehistoric ancestors' diet (7/19/2014)

Tooth plaque provides insight into our prehistoric ancestors' dietA new study may provide evidence that our prehistoric ancestors understood plant consumption and processing long before the development of agriculture. ...> Full Article


Brain of world's first known predators discovered (7/18/2014)

Brain of world's first known predators discoveredScientists have found the fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators, from a time when life teemed in the oceans but had not yet colonized the land. The discovery reveals a brain much simpler than those known in some of the animal's prey and helps answer questions surrounding the evolution of arthropods. ...> Full Article


Extinct sea scorpion gets a eye exam, with surprising results (7/17/2014)

Extinct sea scorpion gets a eye exam, with surprising resultsPoor peepers are a problem, even if you are a big, bad sea scorpion. One minute, you're an imperious predator, scouring the shallow waters for any prey in sight. The next, thanks to a post-extinction eye exam by Yale University scientists, you're reduced to trolling for weaker, soft-bodied animals you stumble upon at night. ...> Full Article


One secret of ancient amber revealed (7/16/2014)

The warm beauty of amber was captivating and mysterious enough to inspire myths in ancient times, and even today, some of its secrets remain locked inside the fossilized tree resin. But for the first time, scientists have now solved at least one of its puzzles that had perplexed them for decades. Their report on a key aspect of the gemstone's architecture appears in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry. ...> Full Article


Researchers declassify dinosaurs as being the great-great-grandparents of birds (7/15/2014)

Researchers declassify dinosaurs as being the great-great-grandparents of birdsThe re-examination of a sparrow-sized fossil from China challenges the commonly held belief that birds evolved from ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs that gained the ability to fly. The birdlike fossil is actually not a dinosaur, as previously thought, but much rather the remains of a tiny tree-climbing animal that could glide, say American researchers Stephen Czerkas and Alan Feduccia. The study appears in Springer's Journal of Ornithology. ...> Full Article


Ancient arachnid brought back to 'life' (7/14/2014)

A stunning video based on fossils of a 410-million-year-old arachnid -- one of the first predators on land -- recreates the animal walking. ...> Full Article


Ancient hedgehog and tapir once inhabited British Columbia (7/13/2014)

Ancient hedgehog and tapir once inhabited British ColumbiaA study published in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes an ancient hedgehog and tapir that lived in what is now Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, British Columbia, approximately 52 million years ago. ...> Full Article


Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution (7/12/2014)

Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolutionRe-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found 35 years ago in Northern China has revealed the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in Neandertals. ...> Full Article


Scientist identifies world's biggest-ever flying bird (7/11/2014)

Scientist identifies world's biggest-ever flying birdScientists have identified the fossilized remains of an extinct giant bird that could be the biggest flying bird ever found. With an estimated 20- to 24-foot wingspan, the creature surpassed the previous record holder -- an extinct bird named Argentavis magnificens -- and was twice as big as the Royal albatross, the largest flying bird today. Computer simulations show that the bird's long slender wings helped it stay aloft despite its enormous size. ...> Full Article


New dino-book highlights Britain's 'Three-rex' (7/10/2014)

New dino-book highlights Britain's 'Three-rex'Jurassic Britain was a 'dinosaur paradise' with more than 100 different species -- including three tyrannosaurs -- described in the scientific literature to date, says the author of a new book, Dinosaurs of the British Isles. ...> Full Article


New study: Ancient Arctic sharks tolerated brackish water 50 million years ago (7/9/2014)

New study: Ancient Arctic sharks tolerated brackish water 50 million years agoSharks 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 Colorado Boulder and the University of Chicago. ...> Full Article


Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study finds (7/8/2014)

Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study findsIt is a remarkable survivor of an ancient aquatic world -- now a new study sheds light on how one of Earth's oldest reefs was formed. ...> Full Article

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Meet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestorMeet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestor

Prehistoric 'bookkeeping' continued long after invention of writingPrehistoric 'bookkeeping' continued long after invention of writing

New feathered predatory fossil sheds light on dinosaur flightNew feathered predatory fossil sheds light on dinosaur flight

Tooth plaque provides insight into our prehistoric ancestors' dietTooth plaque provides insight into our prehistoric ancestors' diet

Brain of world's first known predators discoveredBrain of world's first known predators discovered

Extinct sea scorpion gets a eye exam, with surprising resultsExtinct sea scorpion gets a eye exam, with surprising results

One secret of ancient amber revealed

Researchers declassify dinosaurs as being the great-great-grandparents of birdsResearchers declassify dinosaurs as being the great-great-grandparents of birds

Ancient arachnid brought back to 'life'

Ancient hedgehog and tapir once inhabited British ColumbiaAncient hedgehog and tapir once inhabited British Columbia

Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolutionDiscovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution

Scientist identifies world's biggest-ever flying birdScientist identifies world's biggest-ever flying bird

New dino-book highlights Britain's 'Three-rex'New dino-book highlights Britain's 'Three-rex'

New study: Ancient Arctic sharks tolerated brackish water 50 million years agoNew study: Ancient Arctic sharks tolerated brackish water 50 million years ago

Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study findsAnimals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study finds



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