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July 12, 2023

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Tiny Scales Reveal Megalodon Was Not as Fast as Believed, but It Had a Mega-Appetite Explaining Its Gigantism

A new study reveals the iconic extinct Megalodon, or 'megatooth shark', was a rather slow cruiser that used its warm-bloodedness to facilitate digestion and absorption of ...

Crawford Lake, Canada, Chosen as the Primary Marker to Identify the Start of the Anthropocene Epoch

An international team of researchers has chosen the location which best represents the beginnings of what could be a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene Working Group have put forward Crawford Lake, in Canada, as a Global ...

米arine Fossils Are a Reliable Benchmark for Degrading and Collapsing Ecosystems

Humans began altering environments long before records were kept of the things that lived in them, making it difficult for scientists to determine what healthy ecosystems should look like. Researchers show the recent fossil record preserves a ...

Scientists Discover 36-Million-Year Geological Cycle That Drives Biodiversity

米ovement in the Earth's tectonic plates indirectly triggers bursts of biodiversity in 36 million-year cycles by forcing sea levels to rise and fall, new research has ...

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50-Million-Year-Old Katydid Fossil Reveals Muscles, Digestive Tract, Glands and a Testicle

50 million years ago in what is now northwestern Colorado, a katydid died, sank to the bottom of a lake and was quickly buried in fine sediments, where it remained until its compressed fossil was ...

米egalodon Was No Cold-Blooded Killer

How the megalodon, a shark that went extinct 3.6 million years ago, stayed warm was a matter of speculation among scientists. Using an analysis of tooth fossils from the megalodon and other sharks of ...

Humans' Evolutionary Relatives Butchered One Another 1.45 Million Years Ago

Researchers have identified the oldest decisive evidence of humans' close evolutionary relatives butchering and likely eating one ...

Cave Excavation Pushes Back the Clock on Early Human Migration to Laos

Fifteen years of archaeological work in the Tam Pa Ling cave in northeastern Laos has yielded a reliable chronology of early human occupation of the site. The team's excavations through the ...

米odern Horses Have Lost Their Additional Toes, Scientists Confirm

现代马的遥远的祖先had hooved toes instead of a single hoof, which vanished over time, according to ...

These Long-Necked Reptiles Were Decapitated by Their Predators, Fossil Evidence Confirms

In the age of dinosaurs, many marine reptiles had extremely long necks compared to reptiles today. While it was clearly a successful evolutionary strategy, paleontologists have long suspected that ...

Fossil Study Sheds Light on Famous Spirals Found in Nature

A 3D model of a 407-million-year-old plant fossil has overturned thinking on the evolution of leaves. The research has also led to fresh insights about spectacular patterns found in ...

New Dinosaur Discovered: Ankylosaurs May Have Been Far More Diverse Than Originally Thought

First armoured dinosaur to be described from the Isle of Wight in 142 years, shows Ankylosaurs may have been far more diverse than originally ...

First Hominin Muscle Reconstruction Shows 3.2 Million-Year-Old 'Lucy' Could Stand as Erect as We Can

Digital modelling of legendary fossil's soft tissue suggests Australopithecus afarensis had powerful leg and pelvic muscles suited to tree dwelling, but knee muscles that allowed fully erect ...

Scientists Investigate the Evolution of Animal Developmental Mechanisms, Show How Some of Earth's Earliest Animals Evolved

Lacking bones, brains, and even a complete gut, the body plans of simple animals like sea anemones appear to have little in common with humans and their vertebrate kin. Nevertheless, new research ...

First Side-Necked Turtle Ever Discovered in UK

The first side-necked turtle ever to be found in the UK has been discovered by an amateur fossil collector and ...


Skipping Evolution: Some Kangaroos Didn't Hop

Extinct kangaroos used alternative methods to their famous hop according to comprehensive ...

Which Came First: The Reptile or the Egg?

The earliest reptiles, birds and mammals may have borne live young, researchers have ...

Ancient Herbivore's Diet Weakened Teeth Leading to Eventual Starvation, Study Suggests

研究人员阐明非国大的生活ient reptile Rhynchosaur, which walked the earth between 250-225 million years ago, before being replaced by the ...

Lost Giants: New Study Reveals the Abundance Decline of African Megafauna

大小和开创性的新论文集中abundance of living and fossil African large mammals, shedding light on the ecological dynamics behind the decline of these iconic creatures. The ...

Greenhouse Gas Emissions at 'an All-Time High' -- And It Is Causing an Unprecedented Rate of Global Warming, Say Scientists

Human-induced warming, largely caused by the burning of fossil fuels, reached an average of 1.14°C for the most recent decade (2013 to 2022) above pre-industrial levels. This is up from 1.07°C ...

New Dino, 'Iani,' Was Face of a Changing Planet

A newly discovered plant-eating dinosaur may have been a species' 'last gasp' during a period when Earth's warming climate forced massive changes to global dinosaur ...

Remains of an Extinct World of Organisms Discovered

Newly discovered biomarker signatures point to a whole range of previously unknown organisms that dominated complex life on Earth about a billion years ago. They differed from complex eukaryotic life ...

米ultiple Species of Semi-Aquatic Dinosaur May Have Roamed Pre-Historic Britain

Palaeontologists studying a British dinosaur tooth have concluded that several distinct groups of spinosaurs -- dinosaurs with fearsome crocodile-like skulls -- inhabited southern England over 100 ...

The Clams That Fell Behind, and What They Can Tell Us About Evolution and Extinction

A new study examined how bivalves -- the group that includes clams, mussels, scallops, and oysters -- evolved among many others in the period of rapid evolution known as the Cambrian Explosion. The ...

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