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Brain waves show learning to read does not end in 4th grade, contrary to popular theory

The bend in the Appalachian mountain chain is finally explainedThe bend in the Appalachian mountain chain is finally explained

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Less exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlinesLess exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlines

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Platonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analoguesPlatonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analogues

A healthy lifestyle adds years to lifeA healthy lifestyle adds years to life

Study of animal urination could lead to better-engineered productsStudy of animal urination could lead to better-engineered products

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Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

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The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flint (7/27/2014)

The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flintA piece of research by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has determined, on the basis of the Ametzagaina site, in San Sebastian, the mobility patterns and management of lithic resources. ...> Full Article


Mammoth and mastodon behavior was less roam, more stay at home (7/26/2014)

Mammoth and mastodon behavior was less roam, more stay at homeUC research on mammoths and mastodons could benefit modern-day elephants. ...> Full Article


3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage (7/26/2014)

3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage3-D imaging of a Paleolithic child's skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage. ...> Full Article


Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared (7/25/2014)

Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appearedAfter the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely disappeared. Only a million years later, at Mexican Hat, in southeastern Montana, fossil leaves show diverse leaf-mining traces from new insects that were not present during the Cretaceous, according to paleontologists. ...> Full Article


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

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The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flintThe economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flint

Mammoth and mastodon behavior was less roam, more stay at homeMammoth and mastodon behavior was less roam, more stay at home

3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage

Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appearedLeaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared

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



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