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Oldest Fossils of Large Seaweeds, Worm-like Animals Tell Story of Ancient Oxygen
Almost 600 million years ago, before the rapid evolution of life forms known as the Cambrian explosion, a community of seaweeds and worm-like animals lived in a quiet deep-water niche near what is now Lantian, a small village in south China. View News Article (2011-02-24)

New fossil plant discovery links Patagonia to New Guinea in a warmer past
Fossil plants are windows to the past, providing us with clues as to what our planet looked like millions of years ago. View News Article (2009-11-11)

New fossil site in China shows long recovery of life from the largest extinction in Earth's history
A major new fossil site in south-west China has filled in a sizeable gap in our understanding of how life on this planet recovered from the greatest mass extinction of all time, according to a paper co-authored by Professor Mike Benton, in the School of Earth Sciences, and published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The work is led by scientists from the Chengdu Geological... View News Article (2010-12-22)

Hominid fossils from Ethiopia link ape-men to more distant human ancestors
New fossils discovered in the Afar desert of eastern Ethiopia are a missing link between our ape-man ancestors some 3.5 million years ago and more primitive hominids a million years older. View News Article (2006-04-13)

The last European hadrosaurs lived in the Iberian Peninsula
Spanish researchers have studied the fossil record of hadrosaurs, the so-called 'duck-billed' dinosaurs, in the Iberian Peninsula for the purpose of determining that they were the last of their kind to inhabit the European continent before disappearing during the K/T extinction event that occurred 65.5 million years ago. View News Article (2009-11-06)

New fossils push the origin of flowering plants back by 100 million years to the early Triassic
Flowering plants evolved from extinct plants related to conifers, ginkgos, cycads, and seed ferns.  View News Article (2013-10-02)

West Runton Elephant helps unlock the past
Researchers from the University of York and Manchester have successfully extracted protein from the bones of a 600,000 year old mammoth, paving the way for the identification of ancient fossils. View News Article (2011-03-31)

Ecologists follow the footprints of Scott
Important new data from the plant fossil record that are helping ecologists to improve the accuracy of climate change models will be announced at the British Ecological Society symposium at the Society for Experimental Biology's annual meeting, being held at the University of Southampton between 1 and 4 April 2003. Dr Colin Osborne and his colleagues Dr Stuart Brentnall and Professor David... View News Article (2003-03-26)

Tell-tale toes point to oldest-known fossil bird tracks from Australia
Two fossilized footprints found at Dinosaur Cove in Victoria, Australia, were likely made by birds during the Early Cretaceous, making them the oldest known bird tracks in Australia. View News Article (2013-10-28)

Oldest complex organic molecules found in ancient fossils
Ohio State University geologists have isolated complex organic molecules from 350-million-year-old fossil sea creatures - the oldest such molecules yet found. View News Article (2006-10-26)

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