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Turning back the clock on aging muscles?Turning back the clock on aging muscles?

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Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years old (4/16/2014)

Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years oldThe Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared. Also dubbed the 'Cambrian explosion,' fossilized records from this time provide glimpses into evolutionary biology. Most fossils show the organisms' skeletal structure, which may give researchers accurate pictures of these prehistoric organisms. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found rare, fossilized embryos they believe were undiscovered previously. Their methods of study may help with future interpretation of evolutionary history. ...> Full Article


Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary tree (4/15/2014)

Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary treeLiving harvestmen -- a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs -- have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 305-million-year-old fossil shows that wasn't always the case. Research led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and the University of Manchester indicates that primitive harvestmen had two pairs of eyes, adding significant details to the evolutionary story of this highly successful group. ...> Full Article


Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secrets (4/14/2014)

Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secretsStunning images of a 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil reveal ancestors of the modern-day arachnids had two sets of eyes rather than one. ...> Full Article


New research unwraps the study of ancient Egypt (4/13/2014)

The study and popular perception of Egyptian antiquities focuses too much on the unwrapping of mummies and the use of technologies such as scanning, according to an academic from the University of East Anglia. ...> Full Article


Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itself (4/12/2014)

Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itselfThe reconstruction of an extinct meat-eating marsupial's skull, Nimbacinus dicksoni, suggests that it may have had the ability to hunt vertebrate prey exceeding its own body size. ...> Full Article


Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting (4/11/2014)

Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A research team from PALAEO and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new and distinctive perspective which suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and played a significant role in their society. ...> Full Article


Rare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar Pits (4/10/2014)

Rare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar PitsThe La Brea Tar Pits are celebrated for saber-toothed cats and mastodons. The site's insect collection is also of great significance. Recent examination of fossil leafcutter bee nest cells, led by Anna Holden of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and colleagues, exemplifies how fossil insects reveal insights into the habitat and climate at the La Brea Tar Pits toward the last Ice Age. The findings appear in PLOS One on April 9, 2014. ...> Full Article


Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vessels (4/9/2014)

Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vesselsIn 520 million-year-old fossil deposits resembling an 'invertebrate version of Pompeii,' researchers have found an ancestor of modern crustaceans revealing the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail. The organ system is surprisingly complex and adds to the notion that sophisticated body plans had already evolved more than half a billion years ago. ...> Full Article


'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases (4/8/2014)

'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increasesAndalusian researchers, led by the University of Granada, have discovered a curious characteristic of the members of the human lineage, classed as the genus Homo: they are the only primates where, throughout their 2.5-million year history, the size of their teeth has decreased alongside the increase in their brain size. ...> Full Article


Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old history of remarkable change is far from complete (4/7/2014)

The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree -- reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species -- tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 3 also helps to explain how today's hummingbirds came to live where they do. ...> Full Article


World's oldest weather report could revise Bronze Age chronology (4/6/2014)

An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world's oldest weather reports -- and could provide new evidence about the chronology of events in the ancient Middle East. ...> Full Article


Dinosaur chase reconstructed 70 years after excavation (4/5/2014)

Dinosaur chase reconstructed 70 years after excavationScientists digitally reconstructed a model of a dinosaur chase using photos of theropod and sauropod footprints excavated 70 years ago. ...> Full Article


Killing a name of an extinct sea cow species (4/4/2014)

Killing a name of an extinct sea cow speciesIn a recent publication of the open access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution, Manja Voss from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin deals with a new hypothesis of two distinct species that lived about 30 Millions of years ago in Central Europe and draws conclusions on the invalidity of the common species name Halitherium schinzii in favor of a new nominal framework for fossil sea cows. ...> Full Article


Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds (4/3/2014)

Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study findsCharred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a mountainous east-west corridor along the historic Silk Road, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. ...> Full Article


Million suns shed light on fossilized plant (4/1/2014)

Scientists have used one of the brightest lights in the universe to expose the biochemical structure of a 50-million-year-old fossil plant to stunning visual effect. ...> Full Article

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Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years oldResearchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years old

Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary treeFour-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary tree

Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secretsAncient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secrets

New research unwraps the study of ancient Egypt

Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itselfExtinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itself

Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Rare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar PitsRare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar Pits

Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vesselsAncient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vessels

'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases

Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old history of remarkable change is far from complete

World's oldest weather report could revise Bronze Age chronology

Dinosaur chase reconstructed 70 years after excavationDinosaur chase reconstructed 70 years after excavation

Killing a name of an extinct sea cow speciesKilling a name of an extinct sea cow species

Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study findsAncient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds

Million suns shed light on fossilized plant



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