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January 18, 2019

Jan. 16, 2019 — The onset of the most recent ice age about 2.6 million years ago changed where the western Gulf of Mexico gets its supply of sediments. The finding adds new insight into how extreme climate change ... read more

Jan. 11, 2019 — Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — The stomach contents of ancient whale Basilosaurus isis suggest it was an apex predator, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — Researchers have revealed direct evidence of medieval women's involvement in the production of illuminated manuscripts. Lapis lazuli in the dental calculus of a woman buried at a 12th-century ... read more

Reconstruction of Trilobite Ancestral Range in the Southern Hemisphere

Jan. 9, 2019 — Brazilian researchers used biogeographic analysis to study trilobites -- arthropods that became extinct over 252 million years ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — Deploying a new technique for the first time in the region, geoscientists have reconstructed the longest and highest-resolution climate record for the Northeastern United States, which reveals ... read more

Ancient Gene Duplication Gave Grasses Multiple Ways to Wait out Winter

Jan. 8, 2019 — New research shows how grasses count the short days of winter to prepare for flowering. The findings provide valuable insight into how winter-adapted grasses gain the ability to flower in spring, ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — A nearly meter-long skull of a giant fossil marine ichthyosaur found in a farmer's field more than 60 years ago has been studied for the first time. Using cutting-edge computerized tomography ... read more

A Century and Half of Reconstructed Ocean Warming Offers Clues for the Future

Jan. 7, 2019 — Due to a scarcity of data, most global estimates of ocean warming start only in the 1950s. However, a team of scientists has now succeeded in reconstructing ocean temperature change from 1871 to ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — According to a new study that looked at 10 species of vertebrates, evolution used a kind of universal formula for turning non-monogamous species into monogamous species -- turning up the activity of ... read more

Jan. 3, 2019 — For most of the 20th century, scientists believed that the reproductive incompatibility between species evolved gradually as a by-product of adapting to different environments. New research has shown ... read more

Archeological Discovery Yields Clues to How Our Ancestors May Have Adapted to Their Environment

Jan. 3, 2019 — During the Stone Age ancestral humans lived with a variety of animal species along what was an area of wetlands in the middle of the Jordanian desert. The site, in the town of Azraq Basin, has been ... read more

A 'Pacemaker' for North African Climate

Jan. 2, 2019 — Researchers have analyzed dust deposited off the coast of west Africa over the last 240,000 years, and found that the Sahara, and North Africa in general, has swung between wet and dry climates every ... read more

'Time Is Ripe' to Use Big Data for Planet-Sized Plant Questions

Jan. 1, 2019 — Scientists have issued a 'call to action' to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how plant life will fare on an increasingly ... read more

Dec. 21, 2018 — Surfer's ear, associated with cold weather and water sports, led a bioarchaeologist at the Smithsonian in Panama to suspect that ancient shoreline residents were diving for pearls in an area of ... read more

The Idiosyncratic Mammalian Diversification After Extinction of the Dinosaurs

Dec. 20, 2018 — Researchers state that many mammals lineages coexisted with the dinosaurs before the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Although many species of mammals also disappeared in the extinction event, several ... read more

Genetic Study Reveals How Citrus Became the Med's Favorite Squeeze

Dec. 20, 2018 — Genetic detective work has illuminated the important role of Jewish culture in the widespread adoption of citrus fruit by early Mediterranean ... read more

Spectacular Flying Reptiles Soared Over Britain's Tropical Jurassic Past

Dec. 20, 2018 — Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks to new ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — Fossilised newborns, egg shells, and egg bursters preserved together in amber provide the first direct evidence of how insects hatched in deep time, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 19, 2018 — Researchers show that the heavily armored, club-tailed ankylosaurs had a built-in air conditioner in their ... read more

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