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First Winged Mammals From the Jurassic Period Discovered

Two 160 million-year-old mammal fossils discovered in China show that the forerunners of mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees. With long limbs, long hand and foot fingers, and wing-like membranes for tree-to-tree gliding, Maiopatagium furculiferum and Vilevolodon diplomylos are the oldest known gliders in the long history of early mammals.

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Analysis of Animal Teeth Suggests Neolithic Cattle Grazed at Home and Away

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An international team of researchers has shown in unprecedented detail that prehistoric farmers took their animals away from permanent settlements to graze in more fertile areas – probably because of high demand for land locally.

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Stegomastodon, Palentology, Fossil, gompothere, anthropological dig

Experts Dig Up Las Cruces Boy’s Million-Year-Old Fossil Find

Ten-year Jude Sparks’s accidental discovery in the Las Cruces desert led a New Mexico State University professor to a rare, mostly intact 1.2 million year-old stegomastodon skull. NMSU biology professor Peter Houde put together a team that worked for about a week to carefully unearth the skull.

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Paleontology, Evolution Biology, Crocodilians, T. rex, Madagascar, Jurassic

Gigantic Crocodile with T. Rex Teeth Was a Top Land Predator of the Jurassic in Madagascar

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Little is known about the origin and early evolution of the Notosuchia, hitherto unknown in the Jurassic period. New research on fossils from Madagascar, published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ by Italian and French paleontologists, begin to fill the gap in a million-year-long ghost lineage.

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Acoustics, cave paintings, acoustic study, Resonance, reverberation, Paleolithic, cave art, David Lubman, Acoustics ’17 Boston

Acoustic Scientist Sounds Off About the Location of Cave Paintings

One popular theory about the Paleolithic cave paintings proposes that sites were chosen based on the acoustics in the caves. The originators of the theory reported a causal connection between the “points of resonance” in three French caves and the position of Paleolithic cave paintings. David Lubman, an acoustic scientist and fellow of ASA, will share some of the insights from his research during Acoustics ’17 Boston, held June 25-29, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Baleen, Marine Biology, Evolution, Paleontology, NYIT College of Ostepathic Medicine, Whales

Ancient Fossils Suggest Whales Used Teeth to Filter Out Prey

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How baleen whales became filter feeders is widely debated among scientists—but now anatomy researchers at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine may finally solve this mystery.

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Sensitive Faces Helped Dinosaurs Eat, Woo and Take Temperature, Suggests Study

Dinosaurs' faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought, and crucial to tasks from precision eating and testing nest temperature to combat and mating rituals, according to a University of Southampton study.

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Botany, Fossils, Palaeontology, New Zealand, Trees

Australian Origin Likely for Iconic New Zealand Tree

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Ancestors of the iconic New Zealand Christmas Tree, Pōhutukawa, may have originated in Australia, new fossil research from the University of Adelaide suggests.

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Ndsu, North Dakota State University, Geosciences, Career, National Science Foundation, Paleoecology, Shelled Marine Animals, Late Triassic

NDSU Assistant Professor Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

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A North Dakota State University assistant professor has received a national award that will bring more than $500,000 to the geosciences department at NDSU and provide research opportunities for students.

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Mexico, California, Otter, Sea Otter, Fossils, Mammals, Migration, Miocene, Pliocene Epoch, Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, Great American Biotic Interchange, Enhydritherium terraenovae , Juchipila Basin

Ancient Otter Tooth Found in Mexico Suggests Mammals Migrated Across America

An ancient otter tooth recently discovered in Mexico suggests certain mammals migrated across America during the Miocene geologic epoch, roughly 23 million to 5.3 million years ago. The new hypothesized route questions other theories such as migrations above Canada and through Panama, and has implications for a much larger biologic event — the Great American Biotic Interchange, when land bridges were formed and animals dispersed to and from North America and South America.







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