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Testing the fossil record
How good is the fossil record? And does it paint an accurate picture of the history of life? (2014-09-09)
How good is the fossil record?
Do all the millions of fossils in museums around the world give a balanced view of the history of life, or is the record too incomplete to be sure? (2014-09-04)
Missing bones and our understanding of ancient biodiversity
Fossils come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from isolated fragments of bones and teeth to complete skeletons. (2018-07-16)
Many species now going extinct may vanish without a fossil trace
Scientists struggle to compare the magnitude of Earth's ongoing sixth mass-extinction event with the five great die-offs of prehistory. (2016-03-21)
Ancient environment led to Earth's current marine biodiversity
Much of our knowledge about past life has come from the fossil record, but how accurately does that record reflect the true history and drivers of biodiversity on Earth? (2011-11-28)
Evolution rewritten, again and again
Palaeontologists are forever claiming that their latest fossil discovery will (2010-08-31)
Factoring for cosmic radiation could help set a more accurate 'molecular clock'
Since the 1960s, scientists have theorized the number of molecular differences in DNA, RNA and proteins from related species could pinpoint the time of their genetic divergence. (2015-11-30)
Molecular biology fills gaps in knowledge of bat evolution
One in five mammals living on Earth is a bat, yet their evolutionary history is largely unknown because of a limited fossil record and conflicting or incomplete theories about their origins and divergence. (2005-02-02)
A new normal: Study explains universal pattern in fossil record
Instead of the typical bell-shaped curve, the fossil record shows a fat-tailed distribution, with extreme, outlier, events occurring with higher-than-expected probability. (2019-06-26)
A new treasure trove of Cambrian secrets unearthed
Researchers have discovered an early Cambrian fossil assemblage located along the bank of the Danshui River in China. (2019-03-21)
Fossils highlight Canada-Russia connection 53 million years ago
A new 53 million-year-old insect fossil called a scorpionfly discovered at B.C.'s McAbee fossil bed site bears a striking resemblance to fossils of the same age from Pacific-coastal Russia, giving further evidence of an ancient Canada-Russia connection. (2018-03-28)
'Nymph of the sea' reveals remarkable brood
Geologists from the UK and US, led by the University of Leicester, have made an unusual discovery from over 425 million years ago ... hard boiled eggs! (2006-11-22)
Anthropologist challenges species identification of ancient child skeleton found in Ethiopia
According to University of Pittsburgh anthropology professor Jeffrey Schwartz, author of the four-volume The Human Fossil Record (Wiley-Liss, 2002-05), (2006-10-02)
New fossil timeline database opens for the tree of life
QUT evolutionary biologist Dr. Matthew Phillips has contributed data on the origins of Australia's unique platypus, echidna and kangaroo species, plus research that estimates the origin of modern bats to be 53-58 million years ago, not 65 million, to the new Fossil Calibration Database. (2015-02-24)
Survival of the prettiest: Sexual selection can be inferred from the fossil record
Detecting sexual selection in the fossil record is not impossible, according to scientists writing in Trends in Ecology and Evolution this month, co-authored by Dr. (2013-01-29)
Oldest fur seal identified, ending 5-million-year 'ghost lineage'
The oldest known fur seal has been discovered by a Geology PhD student at New Zealand's University of Otago, providing a missing link that helps to resolve a more than 5-million-year gap in fur seal and sea lion evolutionary history. (2015-02-10)
The world's deepest dinosaur finding - 2256 metres below the seabed
The somewhat rough uncovering of Norway's first dinosaur happened in the North Sea, at an entire 2256 metres below the seabed. (2006-04-24)
Parental care of the young from 450 million years ago
Scientists discover new fossil species revealing parental care of the young from 450 million years ago, and name it after Lucina, goddess of childbirth. (2014-03-13)
Scientists Devise Method To Address Conflict Between Molecular Clock, Fossil Record Of Mammalian Evolution
Humans can trace the origins of many of their mammalian relatives back either 65 million years or 130 million years, depending on which scientists they choose to trust. (1999-02-26)
UCSB researcher leads worldwide study on marine fossil diversity
It took a decade of painstaking study, the cooperation of hundreds of researchers, and a database of more than 200,000 fossil records, but John Alroy thinks he's disproved much of the conventional wisdom about the diversity of marine fossils and extinction rates. (2008-07-10)
Researchers add surprising finds to the fossil record
A newly discovered fossil suggests that large, flowering trees grew in North America by the Turonian age, showing that these large trees were part of the forest canopies there nearly 15 million years earlier than previously thought. (2018-09-26)
University of Tennessee professor links massive prehistoric bird extinction to human colonization
Research by Alison Boyer, a research assistant professor in ecology and evolutionary biology, and an international team studied the extinction rates of nonperching land birds in the Pacific Islands from 700 to 3,500 years ago. (2013-04-01)
When did animals leave first footprint on Earth?
Scientists from China and the United States reported discovering fossil footprints for animal appendages in the Ediacaran Period (about 635-541 million years ago) in China. (2018-06-06)
Dinosaur fossils fit perfectly into the evolutionary tree of life
A study by researchers at the University of Bath and London's Natural History Museum has found evidence that scientists' knowledge of the evolution of dinosaurs is remarkably complete. (2009-01-29)
Paleontologists learn how not to become a fossil
The best way to avoid becoming a fossil is to be small and live in deep, tropical waters. (2006-04-12)
Ancient environment found to drive marine biodiversity
Much of our knowledge about past life has come from the fossil record -- but how accurately does that reflect the true history and drivers of biodiversity on Earth? (2011-11-24)
When did flowers originate?
Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new UCL-led research. (2018-02-04)
What the penis worm's teeth looked like
The carnivorous penis worm, or Ottoia, known from 500-million-year-old fossils, was a fearsome beast: it could turn its mouth inside out to reveal a tooth-lined throat that looked like a cheese grater. (2015-05-06)
Humans altering Adriatic ecosystems more than nature, UF study shows
The ecosystems of the Adriatic Sea have weathered natural climate shifts for 125,000 years, but humans could be rapidly altering this historically stable biodiversity hot spot, a University of Florida study says. (2015-02-16)
New study affirms reliability of fossil record
The fossil record may not be perfect, but it passed a critical test with flying colors, according to a study by University of Chicago paleontologist Susan M. (2005-02-10)
Plants colonized the earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
A new study on the timescale of plant evolution, led by the University of Bristol, has concluded that the first plants to colonise the Earth originated around 500 million years ago -- 100 million years earlier than previously thought. (2018-02-19)
Two studies on bee evolution reveal surprises
A 100-million-year-old bee fossil and a DNA study suggest that bees may have originated in the Northern rather than the Southern Hemisphere and from a different family of bees than previously thought. (2006-12-08)
Morphology of fossil salamanders reflects climate change
A fossil record of the Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) shows population-wide changes in body size and morphology in response to climate change over the last 3,000 years. (2005-09-12)
Fossil discovery represents new milestone in early mammal evolution
A well-preserved fossil discovered in northeast China provides new information about the earliest ancestors of most of today's mammal species -- the placental mammals. (2011-08-25)
Fossil record supports evidence of impending mass extinction
Global temperatures predicted for the coming centuries may trigger a new 'mass extinction event.' where over 50 percent of animal and plant species would be wiped out, warn scientists at the Universities of York and Leeds. (2007-10-24)
New statistical model moves human evolution back 3 million years
Evolutionary divergence of humans from chimpanzees likely occurred some 8 million years ago rather than the 5 million year estimate widely accepted by scientists, a new statistical model suggests. (2010-11-05)
Paleontological data better than expected
The quality and completeness of the fossil record and its credibility as a source of information about the history of life have been debated since before Charles Darwin's time. (2002-10-25)
A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth
A new study led by scientists from the University of Bristol has used a combination of genomic and fossil data to explain the history of life on Earth, from its origin to the present day. (2018-08-20)
Dinosaur fossil record compiled, analyzed
A graduate student in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. (2004-02-10)
Fossil database to create cross-discipline collaboration
A team of over 20 paleontologists, molecular biologists and computer programmers from around the world launched The Fossil Calibration Database on Feb. (2015-02-25)
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