Paleontology

It Was Microbial Mayhem In The Chicxulub Crater, Research Suggests

New insights into how microbial life was quickly re-established following the mass extinction of the dinosaurs have been detailed for the first time by Curtin University-led research.
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Paleontologists Dig Into A Giant Sloth Boneyard

Ancient drought and unfortunate bathroom habits may have doomed some ice age sloths -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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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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Firefighters Save Australia's 'dinosaur' Trees

An ancient and rare species of tree has been saved from Australia's bush fires by a specialist team of firefighters.  Australia's Wollemi pines survived the dinosaurs, and were protected from huge blazes near Sydney by water-bombing aircraft and...
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The Week's Good News: January 16, 2020

1. A rare pine species thought to have existed among the dinosaurs has been spared from the Australian bushfires, thanks to a "military-style" rescue mission. Wollemi National Park is the only place the Wollemi Pine grows in the wild, but the exact...
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'dinosaur' Trees In Australia Saved From Wildfires In Secret Mission

Firefighters saved Wollemi Pines from the Australia wildfires in a secret government mission.
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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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In Death Of Dinosaurs, It Was All About The Asteroid—not Volcanoes

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.
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Glimpse Into Ancient Hunting Strategies Of Dragonflies And Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are animals that may appear gentle but are, in fact, ancient hunters. The closely related insects shared an ancestor over 250 million years ago -- long before dinosaurs -- and provide a glimpse into how an ancient neural...
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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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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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Glimpse Into Ancient Hunting Strategies Of Dragonflies And Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are animals that may appear gentle but are, in fact, ancient hunters. The closely related insects shared an ancestor over 250 million years ago—long before dinosaurs—and provide a glimpse into how an ancient neural...
Related topics: Dinosaurs

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Australian Firefighters Save Prehistoric Trees In Covert 'military-style' Mission

A rare pine species in a secret location in Australia — thought to have existed among the dinosaurs — has been spared from the bushfire, thanks to a "military-style" rescue mission. Wollemi National Park is the only place the Wollemi Pine grows...
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New Dinosaur Discovered In China Shows Dinosaurs Grew Up Differently From Birds

A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China, and described by American and Chinese authors and published today in the journal, The Anatomical Record.
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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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Australian Firefighters Save Prehistoric Trees In Covert 'military-style' Misson

A rare pine species in a secret location in Australia — thought to have existed among the dinosaurs — has been spared from the bushfire, thanks to a "military-style" rescue mission. Wollemi National Park is the only place the Wollemi Pine grows...
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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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