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Ancient DNA News
May 20, 2019

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Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based ... read more
The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums, which are masticated lumps made from birch ... read more
'Suskityrannus gives us a glimpse into the evolution of tyrannosaurs just before they take over the planet,' said ... read more
Prehistoric Iberians created 'imitation amber' by repeatedly coating bead cores with tree resins, according to a ... read more
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Museum Volunteers Discover New Species of Extinct Heron at North Florida Fossil Site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously ... read more

How could prebiotic information-bearing DNA sequences survive in the face of competition from a vast excess of shorter molecules with random sequences? Scientists now show that a relatively simple ... read more

Scientists for the first time have found strong evidence that RNA and DNA could have arisen from the same set of precursor molecules even before life evolved on Earth about four billion years ... read more

First-Confirmed Occurrence of a Lambeosaurine Dinosaur Found on Alaska's North Slope

Paleontologists have discovered the first-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine (crested 'duck-billed' dinosaur) from the Arctic -- part of the skull of a lambeosaurine dinosaur from the ... read more

Scientists have discovered that 558 million-year-old Dickinsonia fossils do not reveal all of the features of the earliest known animals, which potentially had mouths and ... read more

Newly Discovered Medusavirus Give New Insights on How Organisms and Viruses Co-Evolved

Researchers find a new giant virus in the hot springs of northern Japan. It's unique genetic makeup of histones and capsid proteins brings new insight into virus ... read more

Paleontologists have just reported the world's biggest Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. The 13-metre-long T. rex, nicknamed 'Scotty,' lived in ... read more

Half-a-Billion-Year-Old Fossil Reveals the Origins of Comb Jellies

One of the ocean's little known carnivores has been allocated a new place in the evolutionary tree of life after scientists discovered its unmistakable resemblance with other sea-floor dwelling ... read more

Ancient Birds out of the Egg Running

Using their own laser imaging technology, scientists have determined the lifestyle of a special hatchling bird by revealing the previously unknown feathering preserved in the fossil specimen found in ... read more

North Africans Were Among the First to Colonize the Canary Islands

People from North Africa are likely the main group that founded the indigenous population on the Canary Islands, arriving by 1000 CE, reports a new ... read more

New Light on Origins of Modern Humans

The work confirms a dispersal of Homo sapiens from southern to eastern Africa immediately preceded the out-of-Africa ... read more

Unique Diversity of the Genetic History of the Iberian Peninsula Revealed by Dual Studies

Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years. The first study looked at hunter-gatherers and early farmers living in ... read more

Teenage T. Rex Was Already Chomping on Prey

New research indicates that even as a teenager the Tyrannosaurus rex showed signs that it would grow up to be a ferocious predator. Scientists reported evidence that a juvenile T. rex fed on a large ... read more

New Wallaby-Sized Dinosaur from the Ancient Australian-Antarctic Rift Valley

A new, wallaby-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been identified from five fossilized upper jaws in 125-million-year-old rocks from the Cretaceous period of Victoria, southeastern ... read more

Dinosaurs Were Thriving Before Asteroid Strike That Wiped Them out

Dinosaurs were unaffected by long-term climate changes and flourished before their sudden demise by asteroid strike, according to new ... read more

Paleontology: Diversification After Mass Extinction

A team of paleontologists has identified three hitherto unknown fossil fish species in the Swiss Alps, which provide new insights into the diversification of the genus ... read more

New Findings Shed Light on Origin of Upright Walking in Human Ancestors

The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs - a trait known as bipedalism. Among mammals, only humans and our ancestors perform this ... read more

Ancient Extinct Sloth Tooth in Belize Tells Story of Creature's Last Year

Some 27,000 years ago in central Belize, a giant sloth was thirsty. It eventually found water in a deep sinkhole, but it was the creature's last drink. A new analysis of its tooth offers insight ... read more

Oldest Frog Relative Found in North America

Paleontologists have identified fossil fragments of what are thought to be the oldest known frogs in North ... read more

Origins of Giant Extinct New Zealand Bird Traced to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives are the ... read more

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