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January 24, 2015
Paleontologist names 9-foot-long 'predator croc' that preceded dinosaurs
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Jan 21, 2015
Finding a new species of dinosaur is pretty rare. Getting a hand in the discovery and naming of one - that's rarer still. Or it would be for anyone other than 32-year-old Sterling Nesbitt, an assistant professor of geological sciences in the College of Science and the newest addition to Virginia Tech's paleontology team. Nesbitt has been responsible for naming more than half a dozen reptiles (including dinosaurs) in his young career. His latest addition to the paleontological vernacular is N ... read more

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Cosmic Impacts Might Help Synthesize Organic Compounds
Bullets of ice shot at high speeds can deposit organic compounds on surfaces they strike. The new findings suggest that comets might, indeed, have helped deliver key ingredients of life to Earth and ... more
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550 Million Year Old Fossils Provide New Clues about Fossil Formation
A new study from University of Missouri and Virginia Tech researchers is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil record. Findings suggest that ba ... more
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Cosmic Impacts Might Help Synthesize Organic Compounds
Bullets of ice shot at high speeds can deposit organic compounds on surfaces they strike. The new findings suggest that comets might, indeed, have helped deliver key ingredients of life to Earth and ... more
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Oldest horned dinosaur species in North America found in Montana
Scientists have named the first definite horned dinosaur species from the Early Cretaceous in North America, according to a study published December 10, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by A ... more
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Odd couples emerge in bird family tree
Birds use essentially the same genes to sing as humans do to speak. And flamingos are more closely related to pigeons than they are to pelicans. ... more
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Rosetta suggests Earth's water came from asteroids, not comets
Water on Earth is more likely to have come from asteroids that hit our planet billions of years ago than comets, European researchers said on Wednesday. ... more
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What Quails can teach us about the gait of Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs did it. Human beings and monkey do it. And even birds do it. They walk on two legs. And although humans occupy a special position amongst mammals as they have two legs, the upright gait is ... more
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Turn back the molecular clock, say Argentina's plant fossils
Molecular clocks - based on changes in genetic material - indicate much younger ages for a wide variety of plants found as fossils in southern Argentina than do the solid, geologic dates of those ... more
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Prehistoric Landslide Was Bigger Than Three Ohio Counties
A catastrophic landslide, one of the largest known on the surface of the Earth, took place within minutes in southwestern Utah more than 21 million years ago, reports a Kent State University geologi ... more
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Life in Earth's primordial sea was starved for sulfate
The Earth's ancient oceans held much lower concentrations of sulfate-a key biological nutrient-than previously recognized, according to research published this week in Science. The findings pa ... more
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Rare 2.5-billion-year-old rocks reveal hot spot of sulfur-breathing bacteria
Wriggle your toes in a marsh's mucky bottom sediment and you'll probably inhale a rotten egg smell, the distinctive odor of hydrogen sulfide gas. That's the biochemical signature of sulfur-using bac ... more
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Lack of oxygen delayed the rise of animals on Earth
Geologists are letting the air out of a nagging mystery about the development of animal life on Earth. Scientists have long speculated as to why animal species didn't flourish sooner, once sufficien ... more
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Vast geographic change may have triggered explosion of animal life
A new analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the "Cambrian explosion," the rapid diversification of animal life in the fossil record 530 million years ago that has puzzled scienti ... more
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Taking a deeper look at 'ancient wing'
Reconstructing ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is especially true when considering the coloration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigatio ... more
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Tricky take-off kept pterodactyls grounded
A new study, which teamed cutting-edge engineering techniques with paleontology, has found that take-off capacity may have determined body size limits in extinct flying reptiles. The research simula ... more
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90 million-year-old turtle found in New Mexico
Paleontologists have unearthed a 90-million-year-old fossilized turtle in southern New Mexico, near the town of Truth or Consequences. ... more
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Seeing dinosaur feathers in a new light
Why were dinosaurs covered in a cloak of feathers long before the early bird species Archaeopteryx first attempted flight? Researchers from the University of Bonn and the University of Gottingen att ... more
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Scientists find ancient mountains that fed early life
Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago. The mountain range was similar in scale to the Himalayas and spanned at l ... more
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Fossils force scientists to rethink 'unusual horrible hand' dino
It's a duck. It's a camel. It's an ostrich. No, it's Deinocheirus mirificus, the duck-camel-ostrich dino. Deinocheirus mirificus translates as "unusual horrible hands." But it's not just the hands of D. mirificus that are strange, its whole body is an odd hodgepodge of awkward features - the nose of a duckbill, the sail-like hump of a camel, the outstretched neck of an ostrich, not to mention the long arms and human-like hands. ... more
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Scientists create possible precursor to life
How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the ... more
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New 'tree of life' traces evolution of a mysterious cotinga birds
They are some of the brightest, loudest, oddest-looking, least-understood birds on the planet. Some have bulbous crests, long fleshy wattles, or Elvis-worthy pompadours in addition to electric blue, ... more
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Secrets of Dinosaur Ecology Found in Fragile Amber
Ryan McKellar's research sounds like it was plucked from Jurassic Park: he studies pieces of amber found buried with dinosaur skeletons. But rather than re-creating dinosaurs, McKellar uses the tiny ... more
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Earliest-known lamprey larva fossils unearthed in Inner Mongolia
Few people devote time to pondering the ancient origins of the eel-like lamprey, yet the evolutionary saga of the bloodsucker holds essential clues to the biological roots of humanity. This week, th ... more
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Ancient fossils confirmed among our strangest cousins
More than 100 years since they were first discovered, some of the world's most bizarre fossils have been identified as distant relatives of humans, thanks to the work of University of Adelaide resea ... more
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