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Newly discovered 48-million-year-old lizard walked on water in Wyoming

A newly-discovered, 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a "Jesus lizard" for its ability to walk on water, may provide insight into how climate change may affect tropical species, according to a study published July 1 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE...

New study shows South Africans using milk-based paint 49,000 years ago

An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years...

Forgotten fossil indicates earlier origin of teeth

This is a computer model and virtual development of the tooth plate of <i>Romundina stellina</i>, with colors gold through purple indicating the first up to the final tooth addition.The tooth plate of just some millimeters in size had been in a box for more than 40 years, without being recognized after the discovery and preparation of the fish...

Kennewick Man closely related to Native Americans, geneticists say

DNA from the 8,500-year-old skeleton of an adult man found in 1996, in Washington, is more closely related to Native American populations than to any other population in the world,...

Big dinosaurs steered clear of the tropics

Some 212 million years ago, landscapes weren't all dinosaur-friendly: dry, hot, with wildfires.For more than 30 million years after dinosaurs first appeared, they remained inexplicably rare near the equator, where only a few small-bodied meat-eating dinosaurs made a living.

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Paleo-engineering: New study reveals complexity of Triceratops' teeth

Professor Gregory Erickson examines preserved teeth from a <i>Triceratops</i>.When it comes to the three-horned dinosaur called the Triceratops, science is showing the ancient creatures might have been a little more complex than we thought.

Yorkshire's oldest new addition to the 'Jurassic World'

Experts from the University of Manchester have identified Britain's oldest sauropod dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the Yorkshire coast.Experts from the University of Manchester have identified Britain's oldest sauropod dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the Yorkshire coast.

Ancient DNA may provide clues into how past environments affected ancient populations

A new study by anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin shows for the first time that epigenetic marks on DNA can be detected in a large number of...

Lethal wounds on skull may indicate 430,000-year-old murder

This is a frontal view of Cranium 17 showing the position of the traumatic events T1 (inferior) and T2 (superior).Lethal wounds identified on a human skull in the Sima de los Huesos, Spain, may indicate one of the first cases of murder in human history, some 430,000 years ago,...

From reverberating chaos to concert halls, good acoustics is culturally subjective

Play a flute in Carnegie Hall, and the tone will resonate and fill the space. Play that same flute in the Grand Canyon, and the sound waves will crash against...

New species of ancient intruder discovered in England

This image shows two pentastomids (in orange) attached externally to the ostracod; one of the pentastomids; the ostracod with its shell removed, showing the external pentastomids and a pentastomid near the eggs of the ostracod.Rare discovery sheds new light on the history and lifestyle of ancient parasite Team recreate fossil using 3D computer modelling Today, some 140 species of the parasite infect animals -...

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This partial fossilized jaw is from a baby <i>Smilodon fatalis</i>. At the time of the cat's death, one of its adult canines (inside, left) was erupting alongside the baby canine. The adult carnassial/shearing tooth (inside, right) can also be seen alongside the milk tooth.
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Spiky monsters: New species of 'super-armored' worm discovered

This is <i>Collinsium ciliosum</i>, a Collins' monster-type lobopodian from the early Cambrian Xiaoshiba biota of China.A new species of 'super-armoured' worm, a bizarre, spike-covered creature which ate by filtering nutrients out of seawater with its feather-like front legs, has been identified by palaeontologists. The creature,...

An early European had a close Neandertal ancestor

DNA taken from a 40,000-year-old modern human jawbone reveals that this man had a Neandertal ancestor as recently as four to six generations back.Neandertals became extinct about 40,000 years ago but contributed on average one to three percent to the genomes of present-day Eurasians. Researchers have now analyzed DNA from a 37,000 to...

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Fossil of large 'walking' bat discovered in New Zealand reveals ancient lineage

<i>Mystacina tuberculata</i> foraging on South Island, New Zealand.Fossilised remains of a new bat species, which lived 16 million years ago, walked on four limbs and was three times larger than today's average bat, have been discovered in...

Archaeologists discover evidence of prehistoric gold trade route

This image depicts panning for gold in Ireland.Archaeologists at the University of Southampton have found evidence of an ancient gold trade route between the south-west of the UK and Ireland. A study suggests people were trading...

New species of horned dinosaur with 'bizarre' features revealed

This is a photograph of the skull of the new horned dinosaur <i>Regaliceratops peterhewsi</i> (Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology 2005.055.0001) in oblique view.About 10 years ago, Peter Hews stumbled across some bones sticking out of a cliff along the Oldman River in southeastern Alberta, Canada. Now, scientists describe in the Cell Press...

Ethiopian and Egyptian genomes help map early humans' route out of Africa

225 human genome sequences from Ethiopians and Egyptians point to a Northern exit out of Africa as the most likely route by the ancestors of all Eurasians.Although scientists are confident that all modern human populations can trace their ancestry back to Africa, the route taken out of Africa is still unclear. New genomic analyses of people...

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New human ancestor species from Ethiopia lived alongside Lucy's species

Cleveland . . . A new relative joins "Lucy" on the human family tree. An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural...

Starved for fire, Wisconsin's pine barrens disappear

A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.

Lowly 'new girl' chimps form stronger female bonds

Chema and Rumumba, two low-ranking immigrant female chimpanzees, take turns grooming each other in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. A Duke study finds that low-ranking female chimps prefer to socialize with other females of similar status.Low-ranking "new girl" chimpanzees seek out other gal pals with similar status, finds a new study of social relationships in the wild apes.

The Bronze Age Egtved Girl was not from Denmark

This is the Egtved Girl's grave, from 1370 BC.The Bronze Age Egtved Girl came from far away, as revealed by strontium isotope analyses of the girl's teeth. The analyses show that she was born and raised outside Denmark's...

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