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August 18, 2015
Paleobotanist identifies what could be the mythical 'first flower'
Bloomington IN (SPX) Aug 18, 2015
Indiana University paleobotanist David Dilcher and colleagues in Europe have identified a 125 million- to 130 million-year-old freshwater plant as one of earliest flowering plants on Earth. The finding, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, represents a major change in the presumed form of one of the planet's earliest flowers, known as angiosperms. "This discovery raises significant questions about the early evolutionary history of flowering plants, as well as the role o ... read more

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Research shows catastrophic invertebrate extinction in Hawai'i and globally
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Bringing Danube's 'living fossils' back from brink of extinction
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Piecing together the Pangea puzzle
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Small oxygen jump helped enable early animals take first breaths
If oxygen was a driver of the early evolution of animals, only a slight bump in oxygen levels facilitated it, according to a multi-institutional research team that includes a Virginia Tech geoscient ... more
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Bleach a possible key to life on earth
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Four-legged fossil suggests snakes evolved from burrowing ancestors
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Forgotten fossil indicates earlier origin of teeth
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Ring of teeth uncovers common ancestor of molting animals
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