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Fossils News
December 9, 2019

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The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks ... read more
In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a ... read more
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

First Evidence of Feathered Polar Dinosaurs Found in Australia

A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar ... read more
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Lichens Are Way Younger Than Scientists Thought

Lichens -- a combo of fungus and algae -- can grow on bare rocks, so scientists thought that lichens were some of the first organisms to make their way onto land from the water, changing the ... read more

Early DNA Lineages Shed Light on the Diverse Origins of the Contemporary Population

A new genetic study demonstrates that, at the end of the Iron Age, Finland was inhabited by separate and differing populations, all of them influencing the gene pool of modern Finns. The study is so ... read more

Scientists with NASA's Mars 2020 rover have discovered what may be one of the best places to look for signs of ancient life in Jezero Crater, where the rover will land on Feb. 18, ... read more

New Fossil Pushes Back Physical Evidence of Insect Pollination to 99 Million Years Ago

Researchers have pushed back the first-known physical evidence of insect flower pollination to 99 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous ... read more

First Adult Molars Are 'Living Fossils' That Hold a 'Health Record' Dating Back to the Womb

Researchers have found that a person's first permanent molars carry a life-long record of health information dating back to the womb, storing vital information that can connect maternal health ... read more

Fossil Suggests Apes, Old World Monkeys Moved in Opposite Directions from Shared Ancestor

In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys -- a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques -- are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study ... read more

Early Dispersal for Quadrupedal Cetaceans: Amphibious Whale from Middle Eocene

Scientists have a relatively precise idea about where whales and their closest terrestrial relatives evolved more than 50 million years ago (early Eocene), thanks to the discovery of ancient cetacean ... read more

New Sphenisciform Fossil Further Resolves Bauplan of Extinct Giant Penguins

New Zealand is a key area for understanding the diversity of the extinct penguins and has even revealed the existence of 'giant' penguin species (larger than living penguins). A new study ... read more

Superfood for Mesozoic Herbivores?

The long-necked, big bodied sauropod dinosaurs comprise some of the largest terrestrial vertebrates to walk the earth. These behemoths were herbivores that survived solely on plant material. There ... read more

Researchers Lay out First Genetic History of Rome

Despite extensive records of the history of Rome, little is known about the city's population over time. A new genetic history of the Eternal City reveals a dynamic population shaped in part by ... read more

Mammals' Complex Spines Are Linked to High Metabolisms; We're Learning How They Evolved

Mammals' backbones are weird. They're much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first ... read more

Exceptional Fossils May Need a Breath of Air to Form

New research has found that a long held belief by paleontologists about the fossilization process may be wrong. The team has found that while low oxygen environments set the stage, it takes air to ... read more

Ancient Bone Protein Reveals Which Turtles Were on the Menu in Florida, Caribbean

Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. An ... read more

Ancient Rhinos Roamed the Yukon

Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the ... read more

Two Million-Year-Old Ice Provides Snapshot of Earth's Greenhouse Gas History

Two million-year old ice from Antarctica recently uncovered by a team of researchers provides a clearer picture into the connections between greenhouse gases and climate in ancient times and will ... read more

Insect Evolution During the Eocene Epoch

Scientists have shown that the incidence of midge and fly larvae in amber is far higher than previously thought. The new finds shed light on insect evolution and the ecology in the Baltic amber ... read more

Massive Fangs and a Death Crush: How a 370 Million Year Old Tetrapod Hunted and Killed

The habits of a needle-toothed tetrapod which lived more than 370 million years ago have filled in a piece of the evolutionary puzzle after an international team of palaeontologists pieced together ... read more

Strong Winter Dust Storms May Have Caused the Collapse of the Akkadian Empire

Fossil coral records provide new evidence that frequent winter shamals, or dust storms, and a prolonged cold winter season contributed to the collapse of the ancient Akkadian Empire in ... read more

New Study Underpins the Idea of a Sudden Impact Killing Off Dinosaurs and Much of the Other Life

Fossil remains of tiny calcareous algae not only provide information about the end of the dinosaurs, but also show how the oceans recovered after the fatal asteroid ... read more

Butterflies and Plants Evolved in Sync, but Moth 'Ears' Predated Bats

A new study cross-examines classic hypotheses about the coevolution of butterflies with flowering plants and moths with bats, their key predators. The findings show flowering plants did drive much of ... read more

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