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First studies of fossil of new human ancestor take place at the European Synchrotron
Prof. Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, has discovered a new species of early human ancestor. (2010-04-12)
Scientists uncover new species of human ancestor
In a discovery that could rewrite the story of human evolution, scientists working in South Africa have uncovered the skeletal remains of a new species of ancient human. (2010-04-09)
New hominid shares traits with Homo species
A newly documented species, called Australopithecus sediba, was an upright walker that shared many physical traits with the earliest known Homo species -- and its introduction into the fossil record might answer some key questions about what it means to be human. (2010-04-08)
International team discovers new species of hominid
An international team of scientists has described a new fossil find and a new species of hominid, Australopithecus sediba, thought to be at least 2 million years old in an area of South Africa known as the Cradle of Humankind. (2010-04-08)
IU's Carlson among team of scientists announcing new species of prehistoric man
Indiana University anthropologist Kristian J. Carlson today (April 8) joined an international team of six other scientists announcing discovery of the fossil remains of a new species of early man that could help rewrite the path of human evolution. (2010-04-08)
New hominid species discovered and described in South Africa
A team led by Professor Lee Berger, a renowned palaeoanthropologist from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (aka Wits University) have described and named a new species of hominid, Australopithecus sediba, almost two million years old, which was discovered in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 40 kilometers out of Johannesburg, South Africa. (2010-04-08)
Human fossil discovery -- evidence of new Homo species
The University of Melbourne, Australia, has played a key role in dating a new species of human fossil found in South Africa. (2010-04-08)
International team of scientists describe first Cretaceous African amber deposit
A new paper published in PNAS describes a 95-million-year-old amber deposit -- the first major discovery of its kind from the African continent. (2010-04-05)
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. (2010-03-25)
Can the morphology of fossil leaves tell us how early flowering plants grew?
Fossils of angiosperms first appear in the fossil record about 140 million years ago. (2010-03-22)
Rare armor-plated creature discovered in Canada's capital
Scientists have unearthed the remains of one of the world's rarest fossils -- in downtown Ottawa, reports the journal Palaeontology. (2010-03-16)
New fossil amphibian provides earliest widespread evidence of terrestrial vertebrates
Carnegie Museum of Natural History researchers have described a new carnivorous amphibian from western Pennsylvania. (2010-03-15)
Urged on by urchins: How sea lilies got their get-up-and-go
Nature abounds with examples of evolutionary arms races. Certain marine snails, for example, evolved thick shells and spines to avoid be eaten, but crabs and fish foiled the snails by developing shell-crushing claws and jaws. (2010-03-15)
Recently analyzed fossil was not human ancestor as claimed, anthropologists say
A fossil that was celebrated last year as a possible (2010-03-02)
'Anaconda' meets 'Jurassic Park': Study shows ancient snakes ate dinosaur babies
Sixty-seven million years ago, when dinosaur hatchlings first scrambled out of their eggs, their first -- and last -- glimpse of the world might have been the open jaws of a 3.5-meter-long snake named Sanajeh indicus, based on the discovery in India of a nearly complete fossilized skeleton of a primitive snake coiled inside a dinosaur nest. (2010-03-01)
New study finds link between marine algae and whale diversity over time
A new paper by researchers at George Mason University and the University of Otago in New Zealand shows a strong link between the diversity of organisms at the bottom of the food chain and the diversity of mammals at the top. (2010-02-19)
What was that? Unraveling a 400-million-year-old mystery
Contradictions and puzzles surround the giant fossil Prototaxites. Since the first fossil of Prototaxites was described in 1859, researchers have hypothesized that these organisms were giant algae, fungi, or lichens. (2010-02-09)
Aznalcóllar disaster compared with Cretaceous mass extinction
Researchers from the University of Granada have compared the disaster caused by the Aznalcóllar spillage in the Doñana National Park in Andalusia 11 years ago with the biggest species extinction known to date. (2010-02-02)
UF researchers: Ancient crocodile relative likely food source for Titanoboa
A 60-million-year-old relative of crocodiles described this week by University of Florida researchers in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology was likely a food source for Titanoboa, the largest snake the world has ever known. (2010-02-02)
MicroRNA: A glimpse into the past
The last ancestor we shared with worms, which roamed the seas around 600 million years ago, may already have had a sophisticated brain. (2010-02-01)
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. (2010-01-31)
Researchers of microraptor shed light on ancient origin of bird flight
A joint team from the University of Kansas and Northeastern University in China says that it has settled the long-standing question of how bird flight began. (2010-01-25)
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. (2010-01-21)
Can modern-day plants trace their New Zealand ancestry?
Is the current flora of New Zealand derived from plants that grew on the supercontinent Gondwana before its breakup, or derived from plants that more recently dispersed to New Zealand? (2010-01-20)
Australian fossil unlocks secrets to the origin of whales
Museum Victoria palaeobiologist Dr. Erich Fitzgerald has made new groundbreaking discoveries into the origin of baleen whales, based on a 25-million-year-old fossil found near Torquay in Victoria. (2009-12-21)
Fossil shelved for a century reworks carnivore family tree
Now that an early carnivore fossil has been fully removed from its matrix (this after spending over a century on a shelf because of the associated crushed teeth), scientists are able to re-interpret the evolutionary tree of this group of mammals. (2009-12-21)
Study shows loss of 15-42 percent of mammals in North America
Many biologists warn that the planet's plants and animals are headed toward a mass extinction as a result of human-caused environmental damage, including global warming. (2009-12-17)
Discovery of 4.4 million-year-old 'Ardi' named 'Breakthrough of the Year'
The journal Science has named the discovery of (2009-12-17)
Science's breakthrough of the year: Uncovering 'Ardi'
The research that brought to light the fossils of Ardipithecus ramidus, a hominid species that lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia, has topped Science's list of this year's most significant scientific breakthroughs. (2009-12-17)
New discoveries could improve climate projections
New discoveries about the deep ocean's temperature variability and circulation system could help improve projections of future climate conditions. (2009-12-11)
Early carnivorous dinosaurs crossed continents
Discovery of a new species of 213-million-year-old meat-eating dinosaur in New Mexico suggests the first dinosaurs wandered between parts of the Pangea supercontinent that later became North and South America, according to a team of researchers from the several institutions, including the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah. (2009-12-10)
Primitive dinosaur species found in New Mexico
By analyzing nearly complete skeletons of a dinosaur found in northern New Mexico, researchers have obtained new insights into how the creatures lived and evolved more than 213 million years ago. (2009-12-10)
Rare fossil forces rethinking of early dinosaur evolution
The discovery of a rare, primitive dinosaur named Tawa hallae is redefining the first theropods. (2009-12-10)
Study on land plant fossils shows Paleoasian Ocean disappeared about 251 million years ago
A latest discovery of land plant fossils from Heilongjiang, Northeast China shows that the Siberian Plate sutured with the North China Plate at the end of the Permian, and resulted in the final closure of the Paleoasian Ocean (an ocean existed for hundreds of million years in earth history). (2009-12-07)
Antarctica served as climatic refuge in Earth's greatest extinction event
A new fossil species suggests that some land animals may have survived the end-Permian extinction by living in cooler climates in Antarctica. (2009-12-02)
Small faults in southeast Spain reduce earthquake risk of larger ones
A team of Spanish scientists studying recent, active deformations in the Baetic mountain range have shown that the activity of smaller tectonic structures close to larger faults in the south east of the Iberian Peninsula partially offsets the risk of earthquakes. (2009-11-25)
BoarCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc, DuckCroc and PancakeCroc
Fossils of five ancient crocs, including one with teeth like boar tusks and another with a snout like a duck's bill, have been discovered in the Sahara by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno. (2009-11-19)
Study pits man v. machine in piecing together 425-million-year-old jigsaw
Reconstructing ancient fossils from hundreds of thousands of jumbled up pieces can prove challenging. (2009-11-16)
Ancient penguin DNA raises doubts about accuracy of genetic dating techniques
Penguins that died 44,000 years ago in Antarctica have provided extraordinary frozen DNA samples that challenge the accuracy of traditional genetic aging measurements, and suggest those approaches have been routinely underestimating the age of many specimens by 200 to 600 percent. (2009-11-10)
New fossil plant discovery links Patagonia to New Guinea in a warmer past
Fossil plants provide clues as to what our planet looked like millions of years ago. (2009-11-10)
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