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Early Mammals News
December 12, 2019

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Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic ... read more

The Last Mammoths Died on a Remote Island

Isolation, extreme weather, and the possible arrival of humans may have killed off the holocene herbivores just 4,000 years ... read more

Ancient Australia Was Home to Strange Marsupial Giants, Some Weighing Over 1,000 Kg

Palorchestid marsupials, an extinct group of Australian megafauna, had strange bodies and lifestyles unlike any living ... read more

First Human Ancestors Breastfed for Longer Than Contemporary Relatives

By analyzing the fossilized teeth of some of our most ancient ancestors, scientists have discovered that the first humans significantly breastfed their infants for longer periods than their ... read more
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What Color Were Fossil Animals?

Scientists have evaluated fossil color reconstruction methods and proposed a new study framework that improves and expands current ... read more

Anthropologist Contributes to Major Study of Large Animal Extinction

Anthropologist contributed a large, multi-institutional study explaining how the human-influenced mass extinction of giant carnivores and herbivores of North America fundamentally changed the ... read more

Division by Subtraction: Extinction of Large Mammal Species Likely Drove Survivors Apart

A new study suggests that the extinctions of mammoths, dire wolves and other large mammal species in North America drove surviving species to distance themselves from their neighbors, reducing ... read more

Reconstructing the Evolution of All Species

By looking into fossil teeth from almost 2 million years old rhinos, researchers have launched a new molecular method for studying the evolutionary history of fossil species dating back millions of ... read more

20-Million-Year-Old Skull Suggests Complex Brain Evolution in Monkeys, Apes

New research on one of the oldest and most complete fossil primate skulls from South America shows instead that the pattern of brain evolution in this group was far more checkered. The study suggests ... read more

What a Group of Bizarre-Looking Bats Can Tell Us About the Evolution of Mammals

Bats with skulls and teeth adapted to a wide range of diets are helping scientists understand how major groups of mammals first ... read more

No Teeth Cleaning Needed: Crocodiles Shed Old Teeth, Grow New Ones

Having one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, crocodiles must be able to bite hard to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey. Now, researchers have found that ... read more

Permian Lizard-Like Animal Suffered from a Bone Condition Similar to Paget's Disease

A lizard-like animal that lived 289 million years ago suffered from a bone condition similar to Paget's disease, according to a new ... read more

Long-Lasting Effects of Ironwork on Mammal Distributions Over the Last Millennium

Pre-modern energy-intensive industries have had long-lasting impacts on macro-ecological patterns. A new study revealed that the impact of pre-modern ironwork starting over 1000 years ago can still ... read more

Intense Look at La Brea Tar Pits Explains Why We Have Coyotes, Not Saber-Toothed Cats

The most detailed study to date of ancient predators trapped in the La Brea Tar Pits is helping Americans understand why today we're dealing with coyotes dumping over garbage cans and not ... read more

Jurassic Fossil Shows How Early Mammals Could Swallow Like Their Modern Descendants

The 165-million-year-old fossil of Microdocodon gracilis, a tiny, shrew-like animal, shows the earliest example of modern hyoid bones in mammal ... read more

Some Extinct Crocs Were Vegetarians

Based on careful study of fossilized teeth, scientists have found that multiple ancient groups of crocodyliforms -- the group including living and extinct relatives of crocodiles and alligators -- ... read more

Blue Color Tones in Fossilized Prehistoric Feathers

Examining fossilized pigments, scientists have uncovered new insights into blue color tones in prehistoric ... read more

Pathogens May Have Facilitated the Evolution of Warm-Blooded Animals

Animals first developed fever as a response to infections: the higher body temperatures primed their immune systems. At the time, 600 million years ago, virtually all animal species were ... read more

Museum Volunteers Discover New Species of Extinct Heron at North Florida Fossil Site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously ... read more

Flowering Plants, New Teeth and No Dinosaurs: New Study Sheds Light on the Rise of Mammals

A new study has identified three factors critical in the rise of mammal communities since they first emerged during the Age of Dinosaurs: the rise of flowering plants; the evolution of tribosphenic ... read more

Human Ancestors Were 'Grounded,' New Analysis Shows

African apes adapted to living on the ground, a finding that indicates human evolved from an ancestor not limited to tree or other elevated habitats. The analysis adds a new chapter to evolution, ... read more

Fossils Found in Museum Drawer in Kenya Belong to Gigantic Carnivore

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and ... read more

Woolly Mammoths and Neanderthals May Have Shared Genetic Traits

A new study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry -- woolly mammoths and Neanderthals -- shared molecular characteristics of adaptation to cold ... read more

Deep Time Tracking Devices: Fossil Barnacles Reveal Prehistoric Whale Migrations

Long-distance migrations are common for large whales, but when in their evolutionary past did whales begin to migrate and why? Scientists looked for these answers in fossil whale ... read more

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