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Scientists find gold-plated fossil solution
An international team of scientists in the University of Leicester's Department of Geology has found a solution to a research problem involving fossils right next door - in the University's Chemistry Department. View News Article (2012-05-23)

Molecular fossils uncover link between viruses and the immune system
Researchers from the Viikki Biocenter, University of Helsinki, show that atomic structures can reveal evolutionary history of viruses in a similar fashion as fossils did for the dinosaurs and reptiles. Their article is published in the April 15 issue of Molecular Cell. View News Article (2005-04-14)

Redating of the latest Neandertals in Europe
Two Neantertal fossils excavated from Vindija Cave in Croatia in 1998, believed to be the last surviving Neandertals, may be 3,000-4,000 years older than originally thought. View News Article (2006-01-06)

Inside rocks, implications for finding life on Mars
If a future space mission to Mars brings rocks back to Earth, Schopf said the techniques he has used, called confocal laser scanning microscopy and Raman spectroscopy, could enable scientists to look at microscopic fossils inside the rocks to search for signs of life, such as organic cell walls. View News Article (2006-02-01)

Discovery of 450 Million Years Old 'Missing Link'
A 15-year search for fossils in Africa has led to the discovery of eight fish specimens that are 450 million years old - 50 million years older than any previous fish fossil on the continent and amongst the oldest in the world. View News Article (2005-04-27)

Fossil discovery could be our oldest human ancestor
Researchers have confirmed the age of possibly our oldest direct human ancestor at 1.98 million years old. View News Article (2011-09-09)

Cretaceous octopus with ink and suckers -- the world's least likely fossils?
New finds of 95 million year old fossils reveal much earlier origins of modern octopuses. These are among the rarest and unlikeliest of fossils. The chances of an octopus corpse surviving long enough to be fossilized are so small that prior to this discovery only a single fossil species was known, and from fewer specimens than octopuses have legs. View News Article (2009-03-17)

Research on modern day animals reveals insights into extinct animals
Powerful head and neck retractions of vertebrate carcasses, including dinosaur fossils, have puzzled researchers as to whether they occurred just before an animal's death in agony, or after. View News Article (2016-05-04)

Oldest animal fossils may have been bacteria
The oldest-known animal eggs and embryos, whose first pictures made the cover of Nature in 1998, were so small they looked like bugs - which, it now appears, they may have been. View News Article (2006-12-21)

Fossils enrich our understanding of evolution
Our understanding of evolution can be enriched by adding fossil species to analyses of living animals, as shown by scientists from the University of Bristol. View News Article (2015-12-16)

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