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mass spectometry, laser ablation , isotopic analysis, isotopi, Fossilization

New Lab Helps Scientists Study the Earth’s Oldest Fossils, Minerals, Rocks

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A new facility at the University of Arkansas combines laser ablation and mass spectrometry for quick, efficient analysis of trace elements and radiogenic isotopes.

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A Kiss of Death -- Mammals Were the First Animals to Produce Venom

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CT scans of fossils of the pre-mammalian reptile, Euchambersia, shows anatomical features, designed for venom production

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Pterosaur, dinosaur discovery

Giant Flying Reptile Ruled Ancient Transylvania

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The creature has a considerably shorter and stronger neck with larger muscles than the long graceful necks of others in its species.

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archealogy, Upper Paleolithic, Italy, Funerary, Arizona State University, Anthropology

Broken Pebbles Offer Clues to Paleolithic Funeral Rituals

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Researchers from Canada, the U.S. and Italy uncover evidence that people in the Upper Paleolithic Period used stone spatulas to decorate the bodies of the dead with ochre

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Paleobiology, Megafaunal extinction, Australia, Climate Change, Global Warming, Paleontology

Climate Change Helped Kill Off Super-Sized Ice Age Animals in Australia

Changes in the diets of the super-sized megafauna that ruled Australia during the last Ice Age indicate that climate change was a major factor in their extinction.

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Paleontology, Evolution, Lizard, new species, Cretaceous Period, Paleoecology, Fossil

Prized Fossil Find — the Oldest, Most Complete Iguanian in the Americas — Illuminates the Lives of Lizards in the Age of Dinosaurs

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Paleontologists at the University of Washington, picking through a bounty of fossils from Montana, have discovered something unexpected — a new species of lizard from the late dinosaur era, whose closest relatives roamed in faraway Asia.

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Fossils, Trilobites, cruziana , palaeozoic

Fossils Found Reveal Unseen ‘Footprint’ Maker

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Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil ‘footprints’ around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana.

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Anthropology, acheology, Bering Strait, human settlements, Yukon, Radiocarbon, PLoS ONE, Montreal

The First Humans Arrived in North America a Lot Earlier Than Believed

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Anthropologists at Université de Montréal have dated the oldest human settlement in Canada back 10,000 years.

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How the Darkness and the Cold Killed the Dinosaurs

Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence on life on Earth.

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Dinosaur Eggs Took a Long Time to Hatch; This May Have Contributed to Their Doom

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New research on the teeth of fossilized dinosaur embryos indicates that the eggs of non-avian dinosaurs took a long time to hatch--between about three and six months.







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