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Ancient Australian fossils were on land, not at sea, geologist proposes
Ancient multicellular fossils long thought to be ancestors of early marine life are remnants of land-dwelling lichen or other microbial colonies, says University of Oregon scientist Gregory Retallack, who has been studying fossil soils of South Australia. View News Article (2012-12-13)


A new fossil species found in Spain
In the '80s, Spanish researchers found the first fossils of Cloudina in Spain, a small fossil of tubular appearance and one of the first animals that developed an external skeleton between 550 and 543 million years ago. View News Article (2010-03-26)


New evidence links humans to megafauna demise
A new scientific paper co-authored by a University of Adelaide researcher reports strong evidence that humans, not climate change, caused the demise of Australia's megafauna - giant marsupials, huge reptiles and flightless birds - at least 40,000 years ago. View News Article (2010-01-22)


Ancient arachnid brought back to life
A stunning video based on fossils of a 410-million-year-old arachnid - one of the first predators on land - recreates the animal walking. View News Article (2014-07-09)


Novel studies of decomposition shed new light on our earliest fossil ancestry
Decaying corpses are usually the domain of forensic scientists, but palaeontologists have discovered that studying rotting fish sheds new light on our earliest ancestry.  View News Article (2010-02-01)


Diversification in ancient tadpole shrimps challenges the term 'living fossil'
The term 'living fossil' has a controversial history. For decades, scientists have argued about its usefulness as it appears to suggest that some organisms have stopped evolving.  View News Article (2013-04-02)


Science magazine publishes study on new fossil human skulls from Spanish site
The study focuses on a collection of seventeen fossil human skulls excavated from an archaeological site known as the Sima de los Huesos (Pit of the Bones) in the Atapuerca hill in northern Spain and comes 21 years after the announcement of the first three skulls from the site was published in Nature in 1993.  View News Article (2014-06-20)


Mystery of fossilized trees is solved
An international research team has found evidence of the Earth's earliest forest trees, dating back 385 million years. View News Article (2007-04-19)


Oldest fossils found in Cordillera Betica mountain range
Spanish researchers have found fossils of Ordovician conodonts dating to between 446 and 444 million years ago for the first time in the western Mediterranean. View News Article (2010-12-14)


Study on land plant fossils shows Paleoasian Ocean disappeared about 251 million years ago
The collision between the Siberian Plate and North China Plate was a significant geological event in earth history, which led to the final closure of the Paleoasian Ocean and the formation of the Eurasian continent. View News Article (2009-12-08)

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