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October 31, 2014
Scientists find ancient mountains that fed early life
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2014
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 least 2,500 kilometres of modern west Africa and northeast Brazil, which at that time were part of the supercontinent Gondwana. "Just like the Himalayas, this range was eroded intensely because it was so huge. As the sediments washed into the oceans they provided the perfect nutrients for life to flouris ... read 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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Ancient kangaroo that walked, not hopped, stood ten feet tall
Some 30,000 years ago, kangaroos were too tall and heavy, without the proper bone structure, to hop around on their hind legs as the modern marsupials do today. They just walked around with a big, heavy gait, researchers from the United States and Spain say. ... more
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Making oxygen before life
About one-fifth of the Earth's atmosphere is oxygen, pumped out by green plants as a result of photosynthesis and used by most living things on the planet to keep our metabolisms running. But before ... more
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Dinosaur tracks in Bolivia threatened with extinction
A hill in southeastern Bolivia is crisscrossed by fossilized dinosaur tracks - a total of more than 5,000 footprints, some more than a meter long, dating back 65 million years. ... more
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How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings
Although we now appreciate that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur family tree, a crucial adaptation for flight has continued to puzzle evolutionary biologists. During the millions of years ... more
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Tooth serves as evidence of 220 million-year-old attack
At the beginning of the age of dinosaurs, gigantic reptiles-distant relatives of modern crocodiles-ruled the earth. Some lived on land and others in water and it was thought they didn't much interac ... more
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New Mexico dig unearths new ankylosaur dino species
As they seem to do every week, scientists unveiled yet another new type of dinosaur on Wednesday - this one discovered in 2011 by a joint team of diggers from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. ... more
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Tooth lodged in thighbone evidence of ancient dino struggle
Paleontologists have long assumed that semiaquatic dinosaurs and land-based predators mostly kept their distance from each other, preferring to avoid conflict or interaction of any sort. But a new discovery by researchers at the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech - a tooth lodged in an ancient dino thighbone - suggests these predators may have faced off regularly. ... more
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Multicellular fossil could be one of world's earliest animals
The evolutionary timeline is constantly evolving - being tweaked to adopt and adapt to new discoveries, new facts, new understandings. Thanks to a geologist at Virginia Tech and a team of researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, the storyline of multicellular organisms is likely to be shifted back 60 million years to account for new evidence of complex organisms. ... more
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Newly discovered dinosaur species had giant nose
Look out Jason Schwartzman and Barbara Streisand, there's a new famous nose on the block - and it belongs to a gentle giant who's more than 75 million years old - a newly discovered but long extinct species of dinosaur named Rhinorex condrupus. ... more
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Meteorite that doomed the dinosaurs helped the forests bloom
66 million years ago, a 10-km diameter chunk of rock hit the Yukatan peninsula near the site of the small town of Chicxulub with the force of 100 teratons of TNT. It left a crater more than 150 km a ... more
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Early Earth less hellish than previously thought
Conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, complete with oceans, continents and active crustal plates. This alte ... more
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Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus
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 s ... more
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Shark-munching Spinosaurus was first-known water dino: study
There once was a dinosaur, bigger than a T. rex, that swam with the sharks - and ate them for dinner. ... more
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Ancient sloths became big-bodied very quickly
Today, sloths take their time, sluggishly making their way from branch to branch in the jungles of South and Central America. Modern sloths are also small. Their ancestors, on the other hand, were giant, and they became that way rather quickly, evolving at an impressive pace. ... more
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Testing the fossil record
Researcher Bjarte Hannisdal is a co-author of an article in the journal Nature Communications, in which he and two colleagues ask a long-standing question: How good is the fossil record? Palae ... 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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