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March 21, 2019

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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

Alien Species Are Primary Cause of Recent Global Extinctions

Mar. 3, 2019 — Alien species are the main driver of recent extinctions in both animals and plants, according to a new study. Scientists found that since 1500, alien species have been solely responsible for 126 ... 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 — New results from the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, a continental rift zone where the first stage of ocean basin formation is taking place, show how the environmental conditions and sediment input into the ... 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

Climate Change Contributed to Fall of Cahokia

Feb. 25, 2019 — A new study shows climate change may have contributed to the decline of Cahokia, a famed prehistoric city near present-day St. Louis. And it involves ancient human ... 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

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

Feb. 21, 2019 — Scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million years ago and the coincident mass ... 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

New Species of Tiny Tyrannosaur Foreshadows Rise of T. Rex

Feb. 21, 2019 — A newly discovered, diminutive -- by T. rex standards -- relative of the tyrant king of dinosaurs reveals crucial new information about when and how T. rex came to rule the North American ... 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

Feb. 20, 2019 — Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth's last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds. A new study finds humans are pumping ... read more

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