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February 26, 2015
Earth's Moon May Not Be Critical to Life
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Feb 25, 2015
The Moon has long been viewed as a crucial component in creating an environment suitable for the evolution of complex life on Earth, but a number of scientific results in recent years have shown that perhaps our planet doesn't need the Moon as much as we have thought. In 1993, French astronomer Jacques Laskar ran a series of calculations indicating that the gravity of the Moon is vital to stabilizing the tilt of our planet. Earth's obliquity, as this tilt is technically known as, has huge repercus ... read more

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Swimming reptiles make their mark in the Early Triassic
Vertebrate tracks provide valuable information about animal behavior and environments. Swim tracks are a unique type of vertebrate track because they are produced underwater by buoyant trackmakers, ... more
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Giant ancient rodents used incisors like tusks
South America is known as home to some of the world's smallest (and cutest) animals, like the world's smallest anteater, the silky anteater, and Earth's smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset. But the continent once hosted the world's largest rodents. ... more
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Ancient 'genomic parasites' spurred evolution of mammalian pregnancy
An international team of scientists has identified large-scale genetic changes that marked the evolution of pregnancy in mammals. They found thousands of genes that evolved to be expressed in ... more
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Paleontologist names 9-foot-long 'predator croc' that preceded dinosaurs
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 assist ... more
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Tiny plant fossils a window into Earth's ancient landscape
Minuscule, fossilized pieces of plants could tell a detailed story of what the Earth looked like 50 million years ago. An international team led by the University of Washington has discovered a way ... more
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Modern genetics confirm ancient relationship between fins and hands
Paleontologists have documented the evolutionary adaptations necessary for ancient lobe-finned fish to transform pectoral fins used underwater into strong, bony structures, such as those of Tiktaali ... more
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Rods and cones preserved in ancient fossilized fish eye
Rods and cones, the two main photoreceptor cells, are vital to human sight - converting visible electromagnetic radiation into information our brains can use. And it turns out, the biological technology has been around for more than 300 million years. ... 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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