Paleontology

Algorithm Reveals Some Of Us Have Dna From A Mystery Ancestor

Interbreeding gets a bad rap these days, but early humans loved a bit of interspecies action. Genes from fossils show our ancestors had entanglements with both Neanderthals and an ancient group called Denisovans. But new research suggests they also...
Related topics: Algorithms, DNA, Genetics, Fossils

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A Closer Look At Water-splitting's Solar Fuel Potential

In the fight against climate change, scientists have searched for ways to replace fossil fuels with carbon-free alternatives such as hydrogen fuel.
Related topics: Fossils, Hydrogen

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Dinosaur Relative's Genome Linked To Mammals: Curious Genome Of Ancient Reptile

Biologists have sequenced the genome of the tuatara, a lizard-like creature that lives on the islands of New Zealand.
Related topics: Dinosaurs, Genetics

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Cretaceous Confusion: ‘smallest Dinosaur’ Claim Retracted Amid Evidence Fossil Actually A Lizard

A scientific paper that previously reported the discovery of the smallest known dinosaur has retracted its original conclusion, with researchers now believing the animal to have been a lizard.
Related topics: Dinosaurs, Fossils, Scientific Discoveries

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Give Thanks To Fossil Fuels

Was the power on in your house this morning? If so, thank fossil fuels! A few parts of America do get energy from other sources. Washington state has fast-flowing rivers that allow Washingtonians to get most of their electricity from hydroelectric...
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How Do Scientists Determine The Ages Of Human Ancestors, Fossilized Dinosaurs And Other Organisms?

Experts explain how radiometric dating allows them to reconstruct ancient time lines -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A Real Deal: Misfit Vapor X Is Somehow Just $14.99 Today ($245 Off)

Read the original post: A Real Deal: Misfit Vapor X is Somehow Just $14.99 Today ($245 Off) A couple of months ago, Misfit, one of Fossil’s brands that makes Wear OS watches and fitness wearables, hosted a sale that had us wondering if the...
Related topics: Fossils

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Forget Cars, We Should Focus On Electrifying Trucks And Buses Instead

We need to change our transportation system, and we need to do it quickly. Road transportation is a major consumer of fossil fuels, contributing 16 per cent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, which warm up the Earth’s atmosphere and...
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Glimpses Of Earth's Ancient History Gleaned From Fossil Meteorites - Report

The process Professor Schmitz devised to extract ancient micrometeorites from the limestone they were preserved in relied on these space rocks' incredible hardiness.
Related topics: Fossils, Meteorites

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This Technology Is Big Oil's Best Chance To Become Carbon Neutral

Many oil majors have now pledged some form of carbon neutrality in the coming decades in an effort to transform their brands from fossil fuel companies to all-encompassing energy companies. If successful, that could mean positive press, a...
Related topics: Fossils

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Why Are Blue Whales So Gigantic?

Dinosaurs were big, but these are the largest animals in the history of the planet—and we’re just beginning to understand the reasons -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Dinosaurs, Space

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Oppo Watch First Wear Os Watch Launches Globally W/ Snapdragon Wear 3100, More

With the Wear OS segment lacking any real innovation thanks to an almost monopoly of Fossil-branded hardware, it’s great to see a new players enter the space. Oppo’s first Wear OS device, the Oppo Watch is now officially going global...
Related topics: Fossils

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Study Sheds Light On The Evolution Of The Earliest Dinosaurs

The classic dinosaur family tree has two subdivisions of early dinosaurs at its base: the Ornithischians, or bird-hipped dinosaurs, which include the later Triceratops and Stegosaurus; and the Saurischians, or lizard-hipped dinosaurs,...
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Space Dust Fossils Are Providing A New Window Onto Earth’s Past

by Caleb Davies To be a meteorite hunter means to search for the unutterably rare. On any given patch of land the size of Wales, an average of two olive-sized space rocks will fall in a year. Scientists and collectors are forced to go to...
Related topics: Fossils, Meteorites

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Oldest South American Fossil Lizard Discovered In Brazil

Fossil remains of a novel species of lizard that lived more than 130 million years ago have been found in the north of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It has been named Neokotus sanfranciscanus and is the oldest representatives of the order Squamata ever...
Related topics: Fossils, Scientific Discoveries

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Deep Sea Microbes Dormant For 100 Million Years Are Hungry And Ready To Multiply

Researchers reveal that given the right food in the right laboratory conditions, microbes collected from subseafloor sediment as old as 100 million years can revive and multiply, even after laying dormant since large dinosaurs prowled the planet.
Related topics: Dinosaurs, Space

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Fossil Tracks: Wrong Number Of Fingers Leads Down Wrong Track

Have you ever wondered why our hands have five fingers while amphibians usually only have four? Until now it was assumed that this was already the case with the early ancestors of today's frogs and salamanders, the Temnospondyli. However, a new find...
Related topics: Fossils

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Scientists Are Homing In On Understanding Just How Sensitive Our Climate Is To Co2

At the dawn of the industrial revolution, the Earth’s atmosphere contained 278 parts of CO₂ per million. Today, after more than two and a half centuries of fossil fuel use, that figure is around 414 parts per million (ppm). If the build-up of...
Related topics: Carbon Dioxide, Fossils

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If We Burned All The Fossil Fuels, Could We Melt Antarctica?

Andy Ridgewell Climate Change, World I constructed numerical models that incorporate as many of the key processes of the global carbon and climate system as is feasible. We then ran the model forced by a wide range of possible CO2 emissions...
Related topics: Fossils, Antarctica (science), Carbon Dioxide

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World's Smallest Dinosaur Is Probably A Lizard

Paper that reported the animal’s discovery was retracted following new evidence from a similar fossil -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Dinosaurs, Scientific Discoveries, Fossils

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