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Modern Beer Yeast Emerged from Mix of European Grape Wine, Asian Rice Wine Yeast

Mar. 5, 2019 — For thousands of years brewers made beer using specialized strains of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A new study shows that modern brewing strains were derived from a mixture of European ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — Megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived, is known only from its gigantic bladelike teeth. But these teeth took millions of years to evolve into their final, iconic ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — Fossilized bones that appear to have been digested by crocodiles in the Cayman Islands have revealed three new species and subspecies of mammal that roamed the island more than 300 years ... read more

Mar. 1, 2019 — 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

Feb. 28, 2019 — Reconstitution of Amoebozoa's evolution shows significant Precambrian species diversity. This study changes the view of how life evolved in the very remote past and deepens the understanding of ... read more

Feb. 28, 2019 — Prehistoric worms populated the sea bed 500 million years ago -- evidence that life was active in an environment thought uninhabitable until now, research ... read more

Feb. 28, 2019 — 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

Feb. 27, 2019 — 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

Feb. 27, 2019 — Eocene-aged sediments of Madagascar contain a previously unknown fauna of sharks and rays, according to a new study. This newly described fauna is the first report of sharks and rays of this age in ... read more

Feb. 27, 2019 — Paleontologists have identified fossil fragments of what are thought to be the oldest known frogs in North ... read more

Giant Animals Lived in Amazonian Mega-Wetland

Feb. 25, 2019 — Lake systems existing in regions over 10 million years ago survived the Amazon River reversal due to Andean ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — A research team has provided compelling evidence for significant ocean oxygenation before the GOE, on a larger scale and to greater depths than previously ... read more

Skulls of 2 Species of Ancient Reptile Reconstructed

Feb. 25, 2019 — Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions, the skulls of two species of ancient reptile that lived in the Late Triassic, one of which ... read more

Feb. 22, 2019 — The oddly shaped skull of Leptarctus primus, an extinct weasel relative that lived in North America and Asia about 20 million years ago, has long led to conflicting theories about its diet. But new ... read more

Half-a-Billion-Year-Old Weird Wonder Worm Finally Gets Its Place in the Tree of Life

Feb. 21, 2019 — Paleobiologists have shed new light on a jaw-snapping species of prehistoric worm using half-a-billion-year-old fossils kept at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, ... read more

Feb. 21, 2019 — 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

Developmental Changes Resulted in Changes to Crocodile Snouts

Feb. 20, 2019 — Despite often being portrayed as creatures that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years, a new Harvard study shows crocodiles have repeatedly altered their developmental patterns, ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — A researcher searching the shoreline of the Panama Canal for fossil plants instead found an ancient sea cow. An 'emergency fossil excavation' due to rising water levels yielded a remarkably ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — A research team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska's Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid new detail to a complex ancient landscape. The ... read more

Biodiversity on Land Is Not Higher Today Than in the Past, Study Shows

Feb. 18, 2019 — The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the ... read more

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