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April 19, 2014
Faithful allies since the Cretaceous
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 17, 2014
Like humans, many animals depend on beneficial microbes for survival. Although such symbioses can persist for millions of years, the factors maintaining their long-term stability remain, in most cases, unknown. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Regensburg, in collaboration with researchers in the USA, now discovered that certain wasps tightly control mother-to-offspring transmission of their bacterial symbionts. This stabilizes the symbiotic allian ... read more

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Earliest ancestor of land herbivores discovered
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Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itself
The reconstruction of an extinct meat-eating marsupial's skull, Nimbacinus dicksoni, suggests that it may have had the ability to hunt vertebrate prey exceeding its own body size, according to resul ... more
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How Mighty Jupiter Could Have Changed Earth's Habitability
Is Jupiter a friendly planet, Earth's enemy, or perhaps both? For decades, scientists have talked about how the giant gas planet keeps some asteroids from striking our small world, while others have ... more
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MU Researchers Find Rare Fossilized Embryos More Than 500 Million Years Old
The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record. Also dubbed the "Cambrian explosion," fossilized records from this time provide glimpses in ... more
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Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary tree
Living harvestmen-a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs-have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate habitats in every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 3 ... more
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Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secrets
Stunning images of a 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil reveal ancestors of the modern-day arachnids had two sets of eyes rather than one. The researchers say their findings, published in ... more
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Counting calories in the fossil record
The shells of clams, oysters, mussels and other "bivalve" organisms litter nearly every shoreline around the world today. Shells also strewed the beaches of ancient Earth, but most of them belonged ... more
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Ancient shrimp had advanced cardiovascular system
A group of international scientists have discovered the earliest example of an advanced cardiovascular system. The well-formed heart and blood vessels were found inside the body of a 520-million-year-old shrimp-like species. ... more
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Ancient whodunit may be solved: The microbes did it!
Evidence left at the crime scene is abundant and global: Fossil remains show that sometime around 252 million years ago, about 90 percent of all species on Earth were suddenly wiped out - by far the ... more
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Did microbes cause mass extinction?
Volcanoes and asteroids are sometimes blamed for wiping out nearly all life on Earth 252 million years ago, but US research Monday suggested a more small-time criminal: microbes. ... more
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The first insects were not yet able to smell well
An insect's sense of smell is vital to its survival. Only if it can trace even tiny amounts of odor molecules is it is able to find food sources, communicate with conspecifics, or avoid enemies. Acc ... more
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Unique chromosomes preserved in Swedish fossil
Researchers from Lund University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History have made a unique discovery in a well-preserved fern that lived 180 million years ago. Both undestroyed cell nuclei and in ... more
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Fossils of earliest stick insect to mimic plants discovered
An ancient stick insect species may have mimicked plant leaves for defense, according to a paper published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on March 19, 2014 by Maomin Wang, from Capital Normal U ... more
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Paleontologists announce discovery of Anzu wyliei
A team of researchers has announced the discovery of a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei, that provides paleontologists with their first good look at a dinosaur group that has been shro ... more
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Amphibians and dinosaurs were the new large predators after the mass extinction
252 million years ago the largest extinction event occurred at the end of the Permian age. It wiped out almost 90 percent of all life in water. So far researchers had assumed that the ecosystems gra ... more
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Earliest evidence of limb bone marrow in the fin of a 370-million-year-old fish
This week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a team of French and Swedish researchers present the earliest fossil evidence for the presence of bone marrow in the fin of a 370 million ... more
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A 'chicken from hell' dinosaur
Scientists from Carnegie and Smithsonian museums and the University of Utah unveiled the discovery this week, naming and description of a sharp-clawed, 500-pound, bird-like dinosaur that roamed the ... more
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Simulating how the Earth kick-started metabolism
Researchers have developed a new approach to simulating the energetic processes that may have led to the emergence of cell metabolism on Earth - a crucial biological function for all living organism ... more
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The first animals created a world hospitable to complex life forms
The first animals may have oxygenated the Earth's oceans - contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered their development, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience. ... more
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Parental care of the young from 450 million years ago
A portrait of prehistoric parenthood captured deep in the fossil record has been uncovered by an international team of scientists led by University of Leicester geologist Professor David Siveter. ... more
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Understanding how mountains and rivers make life possible
Favorable conditions for life on Earth are enabled in part by the natural shuttling of carbon dioxide from the planet's atmosphere to its rocky interior and back again. Now Stanford scientists have ... more
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Europe's largest terrestrial predator dinosaur found in Portugal
A new dinosaur species found in Portugal may be the largest land predator discovered in Europe, as well as one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs from the Jurassic, according to a paper published ... more
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New insights into the origin of birds
Mark Puttick and colleagues investigated the rates of evolution of the two key characteristics that preceded flight: body size and forelimb length. In order to fly, hulking meat-eating dinosaurs had ... more
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Large mammals were the architects in prehistoric ecosystems
Researchers from Denmark demonstrate in a study that the large grazers and browsers of the past created a mosaic of varied landscapes consisting of closed and semi-closed forests and parkland. The s ... more
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Pigment or Bacteria? Researchers Re-examine the Idea of 'Color' in Fossil Feathers
Paleontologists studying fossilized feathers have proposed that the shapes of certain microscopic structures inside the feathers can tell us the color of ancient birds. But new research from North C ... more
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