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Computer Model Helps Explain Bizarre Prehistoric Sea Creature

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Using a computer model, scientists were able to show that Tribrachidium, a disc shaped seas creature that lived about 555-million-years ago, fed by collecting particles suspended in water. This is called suspension feeding and it had not previously been documented in organisms from this period of time.

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Science, Archaelogy, Climate Change, Earth, Environent

Tropical Fossil Forests Unearthed in Arctic Norway

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UK researchers have unearthed ancient fossil forests, thought to be partly responsible for one of the most dramatic shifts in the Earth’s climate in the past 400 million years.

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Single Tooth Analysis of Oldest-Known Plant-Visiting Bat Fossil Suggests It Was Omnivorous

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A Stony Brook University-led team of evolutionary biologists has discovered that the oldest known nectar-drinking bat fossil, Palynephyllum antimaster, was probably omnivorous.

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Ancient Brains Turn Paleontology on Its Head

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A UA researcher has provided the strongest evidence yet that it's possible for brains to fossilize and, in fact, a set of 520-million-year-old arthropod brains have done just that.

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Ancient Humans Hunted Dog-Size Rats in Present-Day Timor

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In findings presented last week at the Meetings of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology in Texas, scientists identified the fossil remains of rats the size of small dogs found on the Indonesian island of Timor. According to archeological evidence from the area, humans (who were present in Timor starting at least 46,000 years ago) regularly hunted and butchered these megafauna.

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Scientists Report Earlier Date of Shift in Human Ancestors’ Diet

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Pre-humans' shift toward a grass-based diet took place about 400,000 years earlier than experts previously thought, providing a clearer picture of a time of rapid change in conditions that shaped human evolution.

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They Were What They Ate: Pre-Human Relatives Ate Only Forest Foods

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You are what you eat, and that seems to have been true even 2 million years ago, when a group of pre-human relatives was swinging through the trees and racing across the savannas of South Africa.

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Robotic Dinosaurs On the Way for Next-Gen Paleontology at Drexel [Infographic]

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Researchers at Drexel University are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, for the first time, they will be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.

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Amazing Horned Dinosaurs Unearthed on "Lost Continent"

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New discoveries in southern Utah "dinosaur boneyard" reveal giant horned plant-eaters, one with 15 horns, showing different species in same groupings existed at the same time.

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Origin of Bipedalism Seems Most Closely Tied to Environmental Changes

During the past 100 years, scientists have tossed around a great many hypotheses about the evolutionary route to bipedalism, and what inspired our prehuman ancestors to stand up straight and amble off on two feet.







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