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September 18, 2014
Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 12, 2014
Scientists have unveiled what appears to be the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. New fossils of the massive Cretaceous-era predator reveal it adapted to life in the water some 95 million years ago, providing the most compelling evidence to date of a dinosaur able to live and hunt in an aquatic environment. The fossils also indicate that Spinosaurus was the largest known predatory dinosaur to roam the Earth, measuring more than 9 feet longer than the world's largest Tyrann ... read more

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Egyptian art offers clues to mammalian extinctions through history
Some six millennia ago, 37 species of large-bodied mammals roamed the deserts and river valleys of modern Egypt. Today, there are only eight. And as new research shows, ancient Egyptian art has helped tell the story of ecological loss in North Africa. ... more
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Drexel team unveils Dreadnoughtus
Scientists have discovered and described a new supermassive dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of its type. At 85 feet (26 m) long and weighing about 65 tons (59,300 kg) in ... more
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Trinity geologists re-write Earth's evolutionary history books
Geologists from Trinity College Dublin have rewritten the evolutionary history books by finding that oxygen-producing life forms were present on Earth some 3 billion years ago - a full 60 million ye ... more
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Plant Life Forms in the Fossil Record: When Did the First Canopy Flowers Appear?
Most plant fossils are isolated organs, making it difficult to reconstruct the type of plant life or its ecosystem structure. In their study for GEOLOGY, published online, researchers Camilla ... more
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How good is the fossil record?
Methods have been developed to try to identify and correct for bias in the fossil record but new research from the Universities of Bristol and Bath, suggests many of these correction methods may act ... more
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Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land
About 400 million years ago a group of fish began exploring land and evolved into tetrapods - today's amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. But just how these ancient fish used their fishy bodie ... more
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Oldest fossil of animal with muscles found in Newfoundland
Scientists say a fossil unearthed in Newfoundland is the earliest evidence of an animal with muscles - proof that complex animals had begun exploring the world earlier than previously thought. ... more
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Evolution stole birds' sweet tooth, hummingbirds got it back
Genome sequencing over the last decade has revealed birds to lack the gene T1R2, one of two that combine to allow animals to taste sugar. Alligators, on the other hand - one of birds' closest relatives - have both the necessary sweet tooth genes. The discrepancy suggests that as birds split off from dinosaurs on the evolutionary family tree, they lost their taste for sugar. Yet, hummingbirds are nectar fiends - they can't get enough. But why? And how? ... more
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Toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs dominated the Late Cretaceous skies
A new study provides an exciting insight into the Late Cretaceous and the diversity and distribution of the toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs from the Azhdarchidae family. The research was published in ... more
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Evolution of marine crocodilians constrained by ocean temperatures
The ancestors of today's crocodiles colonised the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new Anglo-French study which establishes a link between marine crocodi ... more
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New home for an 'evolutionary misfit'
One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail - has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, ... more
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Fossilized marine plankton tell the tale of the end Permian mass extinction
The worst mass extinction the Earth has ever seen occurred 252 million years ago. The boundary of the Permian and Triassic geological periods marked the demise of around 90 percent of marine species ... more
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Toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs filled late Cretaceous skies
At some point during the late Cretaceous period, an epoch stretching from 100 to 66 million years ago, pterosaurs gave up their teeth. New research suggests these toothless winged dinosaurs came to dominate the ancient skies - specifically Azhdarchidan pterosaurs. ... more
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New type of ancient flying reptile discovered in Brazil
The fossil remains of yet another strange flying reptile has been discovered in Brazil, and researchers have confirmed that the bones are evidence of a previously undiscovered species - Caiuajara dobruskii. ... more
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Burrowing animals may have been key to stabilizing Earth's oxygen
Around 540 million years ago, the first burrowing animals evolved. When these worms began to mix up the ocean floor's sediments (a process known as bioturbation), their activity came to significantl ... more
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Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds
A new study involving scientists from the University of Southampton has revealed how massive, meat-eating, ground-dwelling dinosaurs evolved into agile flying birds: they just kept shrinking and shr ... more
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New cricket discovered in forgotten prehistoric amber
A previously unknown ancient cricket species has been discovered in a piece of hardened amber. ... more
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Siberian fossils suggest all dinosaurs had feathers
Over the last two decades, paleontologists have amassed more and more evidence of the prevalence of feathers among theropod dinosaurs, a group of raptor-like meat-eaters. Scientists believe birds evolved from therapods, and some findings even suggest therapods could fly even before birds evolved. ... more
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Non-aviary dinosaur flew with four wings
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's the bones of Changyuraptor yangi - the latest fossil to suggest dinosaurs took to the air before birds. ... more
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New Feathered Predatory Fossil Sheds Light on Dinosaur Flight
A new raptorial dinosaur fossil with exceptionally long feathers has provided exciting insights into dinosaur flight. A paper published in Nature Communications on July 15, 2014 asserts that the fos ... more
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Scientists show how ancient arachnid walked and hunted
Scientists in United Kingdom have brought an ancient arachnid back from the dead - virtually, that is. ... more
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Near-perfect fossil reveals details of ancient bird Archaeopteryx's plumage
In a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, researchers described the discovery of a near perfect fossil of Archaeopteryx, the "original bird." ... more
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Rise and fall of prehistoric penguin populations charted
A study of how penguin populations have changed over the last 30,000 years has shown that between the last ice age and up to around 1,000 years ago penguin populations benefitted from climate warmin ... more
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500-million-year-old fossils reveal creature on the way to evolving jaws
For more than a century, scientists have searched for fossils that offer new clues as to when and how our earliest ancestors split off from their invertebrate brethren and began developing bones. But finding intact early vertebrates, much less well-preserved invertebrates, is exceedingly difficult - their soft bodies easily malformed by the pressures shifting rocks and weather. ... more
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