Fossils

Supercomputer Scours Fossil Record For Earth's Hidden Extinctions

Paleontologists have charted 300 million years of Earth’s history in breathtaking detail -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Pocket-size Raptor Sheds New Light On The Links Between Dino And Bird Life - Cnet

This "dancing dragon," a new species of feathered dinosaur, was discovered in one of the richest fossil deposits in the world.
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Fossil Is The Oldest-known Scorpion

Scientists studying fossils collected 35 years ago have identified them as the oldest-known scorpion species, a prehistoric animal from about 437 million years ago. The researchers found that the animal likely had the capacity to breathe in both...
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'living Fossil' May Upend Basic Tenet Of Evolutionary Theory

The field of evolutionary biology has seen its share of spirited debates. But if there's one principle that virtually every expert in the field agrees on, it's that natural selection occurs at the level of the genome.
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Oldest Known Scorpion May Have Been First To Explore Land

Fossils of Parioscorpio venator, 437 million years old, include internal anatomy.
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Fossils Of Largest Theropod To Date Found In Australia

A team of researchers from the University of New England, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum and Swinburne University of Technology, all in Australia, has identified fossils found near Winton as remains of the largest theropod...
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'soil Photosynthesis' Helps To Mitigate Environmental Pollution

NOx gases is the generic term used to refer to the group of gases made up of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, gases that result from burning fossil fuel, and also from forest fires, volcanic eruptions and natural processes of transforming nitrogen...
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Forgotten Trove Of Fossil Feathers Belonged To Tiny Polar Dinosaurs

Enlarge / One of the spectacular feather fossils that has been sitting in a museum's sample collection for decades. (credit: Melbourne Museum) Researchers have described ten fossil feathers from the polar regions of the former continent Gondwana...
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How To Make It Easier To Turn Plant Waste Into Biofuels

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant...
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Where Nitrous Oxide, A Greenhouse Gas 300-times Stronger Than Co2, Is Being Emitted

If something is burning, nitrous oxide is flowing into the atmosphere. Increasingly, the most concentrated nitrous oxide sources come from humans burning fossil fuels and transforming ecosystems. Natural sources, such as Australia’s currently...
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Future Subtropical Warming Accelerates Tropical Climate Change

In response to future fossil fuel burning, climate computer models simulate a pronounced warming in the tropical oceans. This warming can influence the El Niño phenomenon and shift weather and rainfall patterns across the globe. Despite being...
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Future Subtropical Warming Accelerates Tropical Climate Change

In response to future fossil fuel burning, climate computer models simulate a pronounced warming in the tropical oceans. This warming can influence the El Niño phenomenon and shift weather and rainfall patterns across the globe. Despite being...
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What If Limiting New Fossil Fuel Supply Is More Important Than Reducing The Emissions Produced When...

Tim GrayThe report calls for the launch of a well-planned phase-out of oil and gas production that addresses the needs of workers and communities impacted by fossil fuel developments. (Photo: Robert S. Donovan/cc/flickr)
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100 Million Years In Amber: Researchers Discover Oldest Fossilized Slime Mold

Most people associate the idea of creatures trapped in amber with insects or spiders, which are preserved lifelike in fossil tree resin. An international research team of paleontologists and biologists has now discovered the oldest slime mold...
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100 Million Years In Amber: Researchers Discover Oldest Fossilized Slime Mold

Most people associate the idea of creatures trapped in amber with insects or spiders, which are preserved lifelike in fossil tree resin.
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New Version Of Fossil-recognition App Now Includes Cretaceous Period

In 2015, when researchers at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum released the free Digital Atlas of Ancient Life app, they didn't know what kind of reception the smartphone-based field guide might receive.
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The Best Smartwatches At Ces 2020 So Far

With exciting new models from Fossil, Diesel, Amazfit, Withings, and plenty more, CES 2020 has proved to be a treasure trove of interesting wearables. Here are the best smartwatches at the show.
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Biodiverse Forests Better At Storing Carbon For Long Periods, Says Study

As the effects of climate change are increasingly felt around the world, possible solutions, from reducing fossil fuel emissions to capturing carbon, have come to dominate policy discussions.
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Ghost Worms Mostly Unchanged Since The Age Of Dinosaurs

It is well known that the size, shape and structure of organisms can evolve at different speeds, ranging from fast-evolving adaptive radiations to living fossils such as cichlids or coelacanths, respectively.
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Garjainia Put The ‘hyper’ In ‘hypercarnivore’

A new analysis of fossils from the 1950s reveals an awesome predator. Pre-dating the dinosaurs, the erythrosuchids were voracious "hypercarnivores." Think terrifying crocodiles on steroids. NoneThis shape of its head is the giveaway. The massive...
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