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Paleontology News
December 8, 2019

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How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... 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

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
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A Carnivorous Dinosaur Species Regrew All Its Teeth Every Few Months

A meat-eating dinosaur species that lived in Madagascar some 70 million years ago replaced all its teeth every couple of months or so, a new study has found, surprising even the researchers. In fact, ... read more

An Ancient Snake's Cheekbone Sheds Light on Evolution of Modern Snake Skulls

Palaeontologists adds a new piece to the puzzle of snake ... read more

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

Megadrought Likely Triggered the Fall of the Assyrian Empire

The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt -- the largest empire of its time -- collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its ... 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

'Ghost' Footprints from Pleistocene Era Revealed by Radar Tech

Invisible footprints hiding since the end of the last ice age -- and what lies beneath them -- have been discovered by researchers using a special type of radar in a novel ... read more

Scientists Find Eternal Nile to Be More Ancient Than Previously Thought

The Nile's unchanging path has been a geologic mystery because long-lived rivers usually move over time. Researchers have cracked the case by linking the river's flow to the movement of ... 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

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

Discriminating Diets of Meat-Eating Dinosaurs

A big problem with dinosaurs is that there seem to be too many meat-eaters. From studies of modern animals, there is a feeding pyramid, with plants at the bottom, then plant-eaters, and then ... 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

Climate Models and Geology Reveal New Insights Into the East Asian Monsoon

A team of scientists have used climate models and geological records to better understand changes in the East Asian monsoon over long geologic time ... read more

Preserved Pollen Tells the History of Floodplains

Fossil pollen can help reconstruct the past and predict the ... read more

The Homeland of Modern Humans

A landmark study pinpoints the birthplace of modern humans in southern Africa and suggests how past climate shifts drove their first ... read more

Mutated Ferns Shed Light on Ancient Mass Extinction

At the end of the Triassic around 201 million years ago, three out of four species on Earth disappeared. Up until now, scientists believed the cause of the catastrophe to be the onset of large-scale ... read more

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