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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 - 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.

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 - 21.11.2022
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.

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 - 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 - 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.

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 - 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 Ario 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 - 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.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 09.11.2021
Fossil elephant cranium reveals key adaptations that enabled its species to thrive as grasslands spread across eastern Africa
Fossil elephant cranium reveals key adaptations that enabled its species to thrive as grasslands spread across eastern Africa
A remarkably well-preserved fossil elephant cranium from Kenya is helping scientists understand how its species became the dominant elephant in eastern Africa several million years ago, a time when a

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 14.10.2021
Mammals on the menu: Snake dietary diversity exploded after mass extinction 66 million years ago
Mammals on the menu: Snake dietary diversity exploded after mass extinction 66 million years ago
Modern snakes evolved from ancestors that lived side by side with the dinosaurs and that likely fed mainly on insects and lizards.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 21.09.2021
Four dinosaurs in Montana: Fieldwork pieces together life at the end of 'Dinosaur Era'
Four dinosaurs in Montana: Fieldwork pieces together life at the end of ’Dinosaur Era’
UW, Burke researchers discover four dinosaurs in Montana: Fieldwork pieces together life at the end of 'Dinosaur Era' A team of paleontologists from the University of Washington and its Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture excavated four dinosaurs in northeastern Montana this summer.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 23.06.2021
The origins of farming insects: ambrosia fungi cultivated by beetles for more than 100 million years
The origins of farming insects: ambrosia fungi cultivated by beetles for more than 100 million years
A beetle bores a tree trunk to build a gallery in the wood in order to protect its lay. As it digs the tunnel, it spreads ambrosia fungal spores that will feed the larvae. When these bore another tree, the adult beetles will be the transmission vectors of the fungal spores in another habitat. This mutualism among insects and ambrosia fungi could be more than 100 years old -more than what was thought to date- according to an article published in the journal Biological Reviews .

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 02.06.2021
Young T. rexes were deadly despite bite force one-sixth that of adults
Jack Tseng loves bone-crunching animals - hyenas are his favorite - so when paleontologist Joseph Peterson discovered fossilized dinosaur bones that had teeth marks from a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex ,

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 21.05.2021
Pandemic-era paleontology: A wayward skull, at-home fossil analyses and a first for Antarctic amphibians
Pandemic-era paleontology: A wayward skull, at-home fossil analyses and a first for Antarctic amphibians
Paleontologists had to adjust to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many had to postpone fossil excavations, temporarily close museums and teach the next generation of fossil hunters virtually instead of in person.

Paleontology - Environment - 04.05.2021
Biogeographical affinity in Cretaceous flora from two islands of the old Tethys Ocean
Biogeographical affinity in Cretaceous flora from two islands of the old Tethys Ocean
A study published in Cretaceous Research expands the paleontological richness of continental fossils of the Lower Cretaceous with the discovery of a new water plant (charophytes), the species Mesochara dobrogeica . The study also identifies a new variety of carophytes from the Clavator genus (in particular, Clavator ampullaceus var.

Paleontology - 21.04.2021
Tarantula’s Ubiquity Traced Back to the Cretaceous
Carnegie Mellon University April 21, 2021 Tarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size and vibrant colors. With their prevalence throughout the world, it may be surprising to learn that tarantulas are actually homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their burrows and only mature males will wander to seek out a mate.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 15.04.2021
How many T. rexes were there? Billions
Over approximately 2.5 million years, North America likely hosted 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rexes, a minuscule proportion of which have been dug up and studied by paleontologists, according to a UC Berkeley study.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 24.02.2021
Earliest primate fossils
Earliest primate fossils
A new study published Feb. 24 in the journal Royal Society Open Science documents the earliest-known fossil evidence of primates.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 24.02.2021
Our earliest primate ancestors rapidly spread after dinosaur extinction
Our earliest primate ancestors rapidly spread after dinosaur extinction
The small, furry ancestors of all primates - a group that includes humans and other apes - were already taking to the trees a mere 100,000 years after the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 01.12.2020
William Clemens, expert on fossil mammals, dies at 88
Bill Clemens had been excavating fossils in eastern Montana's Hell Creek Formation for more than 10 years, focusing primarily on the small mammals that scurried around the feet of dinosaurs and other

Paleontology - Environment - 27.10.2020
Antarctica yields oldest fossils of giant birds with 21-foot wingspans
An artist's depiction of ancient albatrosses harassing a pelagornithid - with its fearsome toothed beak - as penguins frolic in the oceans around Antarctica 50 million years ago.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 22.10.2020
Bat-winged dinosaurs that could glide
Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, according to a new study led by an international team of researchers, including McGill University Professor Hans Larsson. Unable to compete with other tree-dwelling dinosaurs and early birds, they went extinct after just a few million years.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 27.08.2020
Weathering the tough times: Fossil evidence of 'hibernation-like' state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal
Weathering the tough times: Fossil evidence of ’hibernation-like’ state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal
Hibernation is a familiar feature on Earth today. Many animals - especially those that live close to or within polar regions - hibernate to get through the tough winter months when food is scarce, temperatures drop and days are dark.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 02.07.2020
New species of Ichthyosaur discovered in museum collection
Hauffiopteryx altera (Latin for different from ) has been identified as a new species of Ichthyosaurs by researchers from McGill University and the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart in Germany.

Paleontology - History / Archeology - 11.06.2020
Diving for the Bones of the Ice Age
Cave divers carefully maneuver the giant ground sloth's pelvis through Hoyo Negro. Photo Credit: Sam Meacham, CINDAQ F or thousands of years, the massive pelvis lay undisturbed at the bottom of the watery black pit.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 13.05.2020

Paleontology - 13.05.2020
T. rex was a champion walker, super-efficient at lower speeds
While smaller dinosaurs needed speed, huge predators like T. rex were optimized for energy-efficient walking, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 25.03.2020
In Earth’s largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover
Researchers dated ash deposits from this hill, called a koppie in South Africa. The lower part of koppie Loskop exposes strata from before the end-Permian extinction (Palingkloof Member of the Balfour Formation), while the upper part contains layers deposited after the extinction (Katberg Formation).

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 21.02.2020
Fossilized wing gives clues about Labrador’s biodiversityduring the Cretaceous
Channels McGill University News and Events A fossilised insect wing discovered in an abandoned mine in Labrador has led palaeontologists from McGill University and the University of Gda'sk to identify a new hairy cicada species that lived around 100 million years ago.

Paleontology - Earth Sciences - 11.12.2019
Newly described fossil whale represents intermediate stage between foot-powered and tail-powered swimming
Newly described fossil whale represents intermediate stage between foot-powered and tail-powered swimming
oe中文 हिन्दी Portugus Español Share on: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn A newly described fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale locomotion, according to a University of Michigan paleontologist and his colleagues.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 27.09.2019
Fish story for the ages: High schooler unearths rare fossil
Each summer, the University of Chicago welcomes high school students from around the world for a unique course on paleontology, which culminates with two weeks of fieldwork spent hunting for fossils.

Paleontology - Environment - 18.09.2019
Coral reefs and squat lobsters flourished 150 million years ago
This modern porcelain crab is really a member of the squat lobster family that became adapted to the same intertidal environment as true crabs.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 15.08.2019
Women don beards to highlight gender bias in science
Leslea Hlusko, a paleoanthropologist, with primate skull casts in Berkeley's Human Evolution Research Center.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 20.06.2019
Mammals and their relatives thrived, diversified during so-called ’Age of Dinosaurs,’ researchers show
Paleontologists are trying to dispel a myth about what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The false narrative has wormed its way into books, lectures and even scientific papers about this long-ago era. The myth's focus isn't on dinosaurs. Its main characters are ancient mammals and their relatives, which together are known as mammaliaforms.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 06.06.2019
Shakes up sloth family tree
One of the world's leading economists explains why our communities could hold the answer to many of society's problems. Sloths once roamed the Americas, ranging from tiny, cat-sized animals that lived in trees all the way up to massive ground sloths that may have weighed up to six tons. The only species we know and love today, however, are the two-toed and three-toed sloths-but paleontologists have been arguing how to classify them, and their ancestors, for decades.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 10.12.2018
Ancient whale named for UW paleontologist Elizabeth Nesbitt
Ancient whale named for UW paleontologist Elizabeth Nesbitt
A newly discovered species of whale - found preserved in ancient rock on the Oregon coast - has been named for a University of Washington paleontologist.

Paleontology - Environment - 13.11.2018
Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions
Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions
During the late Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago, hundreds of different species of birds flitted around the dinosaurs and through the forests as abundantly as they flit about our woods and fields today.

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 25.10.2018
Q&A: Provost Mark Richards' welcome lecture asks: 'What really killed the dinosaurs''
Q&A: Provost Mark Richards’ welcome lecture asks: ‘What really killed the dinosaurs’’
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Life Sciences - Paleontology - 11.07.2018
Three Previously Unknown Ancient Primates Identified
Kirk's father and Austin-based artist Randy Kirk produced his own rendering of what the species might have looked like. Painting on marble by Randwolf. AUSTIN, Texas - Biological anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin have described three new species of fossil primates that were previously unknown to science.

Paleontology - Physics - 15.08.2017
Unique imaging of a dinosaur's skull tells evolutionary tale
Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skull tells evolutionary tale
Researchers have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast. Collaboration creates highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull LOS ALAMOS, N.M. Aug. 15, 2017-Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.