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Genomic differentiation of Neandertals and humans
Dr. Lutz Bachmann and colleagues have found evidence that significant differences exist between the genomes of Neandertals and modern humans. (2000-04-27)
Techniques used in forensic science help discover new molecular fossils
Researchers in Japan and China believe they have found new molecular fossils of archaea using a method of analysis commonly used in forensic science. (2017-08-30)
Research sheds new light on 'world's oldest animal fossils'
A team of researchers, led by the University of Bristol, has uncovered that ancient fossils, thought to be some of the world's earliest examples of animal remains, could in fact belong to other groups such as algae. (2017-05-03)
Molecular fossils confirm Dickinsonia as one of Earth's earliest animals
By identifying specific biomarkers preserved alongside fossils of oval-shaped life forms from the Ediacaran Period, fossils from which are typically considered one of the greatest mysteries in paleontology, researchers say the ovular organism is not a fungus or protist, as some have thought, but an early animal. (2018-09-20)
A filter that shaped evolution of primates in Asia
By studying fossils from southern China, scientists have gained insights into how primates in Asia evolved to resemble the array seen today. (2016-05-05)
Jurassic fossils from northeastern China reveal morphological stasis in the catkin-yew
Dong and colleagues studied well-preserved plant fossils from the Middle-Late Jurassic Daohugou Bed in eastern Inner Mongolia, northeastern China. (2020-07-11)
Fossil avatars are transforming palaeontology
New techniques for visualizing fossils are transforming our understanding of evolutionary history according to a paper published by leading palaeontologists at the University of Bristol. (2014-05-22)
Using discards, scientists discover different dinosaurs' stomping grounds
By examining the type of rock in which dinosaur fossils were embedded, scientists have determined that different species of North American dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous period 65 million years ago occupied different environments separated by just a few miles. (2010-10-14)
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. (2011-09-08)
Montana researcher co-authors Science article on Niger dinosaurs
A Montana State University-Bozeman researcher is one of 11 coauthors of a paper that appears in the November 12 issue of Science. (1999-11-10)
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. (2006-01-05)
The tale of finding the oldest known dinosaurs
A young man named Mena, from the island of Madagascar, lead researchers to their blockbuster finding of the oldest known dinosaurs -- and the beautifully preserved mammal relatives that accompanied them -- described in October 22 Science. (1999-10-20)
Hidden cradle of early plant evolution discovered in the Middle East
Several new plant fossils from present-day Jordan push back the ages of important seed plant lineages, suggesting these lineages survived the mass extinction event at the end of the Permian. (2018-12-20)
Inside rocks, implications for finding life on Mars
UCLA paleobiologist J. William Schopf and colleagues have produced three dimensional images of ancient fossils - 650 million to 850 million years old - preserved in rocks, an achievement never done before. (2006-01-31)
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. (2015-12-15)
Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth
Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on Earth. (2017-09-11)
Researchers say animal-like embryos preceded animal appearance
Animals evolved from single-celled ancestors before diversifying into 30-40 distinct anatomical designs. (2019-11-27)
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. (2005-04-14)
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)
Ancient marine invasion sheds light on diversity
Fossils from the sea floor illuminate the relationship between local and global diversity, and these relationships may help us understand the effects of global climate change on species diversity. (2004-11-09)
Solving fossil mystery could aid quest for ancient life on Mars
The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks on Earth. (2019-11-27)
Deep heat solution to 500-million year mystery
Scientists from the universities of Leicester and Cambridge and from the British Geological Survey have published new research in the journal Geology this month shedding new light on a 500-million year old mystery. (2008-11-12)
Fossils of ancient sea monster found in Montana
A complete skull of a long-necked plesiosaur has been discovered in Montana. (2006-11-03)
Paleontologists use computer to 'morph' deformed fossils back to their original shapes
It's bad enough that fossils, buried deep in layers of rock for thousands or millions of years, may be damaged or missing pieces, but what really challenges paleontologists, according to University at Buffalo researchers, is the amount of deformation that most fossils exhibit. (2004-04-06)
Evolution rewritten, again and again
Palaeontologists are forever claiming that their latest fossil discovery will (2010-08-31)
Tiny fossils, big findings: UAlberta paleontologists discover odd mid-Cretaceous shrimp
One of the most incomplete fossil records of marine life is being filled in by a new find by a team of paleontologists from the University of Alberta, Yale University, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute -- with the discovery of hundreds of tiny comma shrimp fossils. (2019-11-28)
Paleontologists find 67 dinosaurs in one week
Teams of paleontologists from Montana and Mongolia unearthed 67 dinosaur skeletons in one week during this summer's field season in the Gobi Desert. (2006-09-14)
Fossil orphans reunited with their parents after half a billion years
Everyone wants to be with their family for Christmas, but spare a thought for a group of orphan fossils that have been separated from their parents since the dawn of animal evolution, over half a billion years ago. (2017-12-12)
T.rex is more common than people thought
An American palaeontologist's discovery of five new T. rex skeletons in one season could put an end to the spiralling fossil prices that museums and collectors have seen recently. (2000-10-10)
Ancient fossils reveal diversity in the body structure of human ancestors
A University of Missouri researcher and her international team of colleagues have found that early human species differed throughout their skeletons and had distinct body forms. (2015-03-09)
Easy-Bake fossils
Scientists have discovered a new way to simulate the fossilization process in a lab in about 24 hours. (2018-07-25)
Modern humans emerged far earlier than previously thought
An international team of researchers based at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, including a physical anthropology professor at Washington University in St. (2010-10-25)
Dinosaur 13 doesn't unearth whole truth about paleontology and fossil protection on US public lands
In light of the film Dinosaur 13, which describes the discovery and loss of the complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as 'Sue' by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology reiterates its strong endorsement of the US Federal laws and regulations that protect fossils on public lands, which are fully consistent with the professional standards held by paleontological scientists and with the ethics of the Society. (2014-12-10)
Ancient seaweed fossils some of the oldest of multicellular life
UWM paleontologist Stephen Dornbos is on an international research team that has found fossilized multicellular marine algae, or seaweed, dating back more than 555 million years, ranking among the oldest examples of multicellular life on Earth. (2016-03-22)
Shifting the thinking on tetrapod evolution: Ancient four-limbed animals lived near the poles
It has long been presumed that the ancestors of all vertebrates -- the amphibious, aquatic tetrapods that first colonized the land -- evolved in warm tropical environments. (2018-06-07)
Mars rocks may harbor signs of life from four billion years ago
Iron-rich rocks near ancient lake sites on Mars could hold vital clues that show life once existed there, research suggests. (2018-05-25)
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)
90 million year old dino tracks found on resort island
An international team of Canadian and Croatian paleontologists have found 90 million year old dinosaur tracks and trackways on the island of Hvar, Croatia. (2004-07-15)
Free app empowers public to locate, recognize ancient fossils
A free app developed at the University of Kansas with support from the National Science Foundation will enable anyone with an iPhone or iPad to discover and classify fossils with the eye of a scientist. (2015-10-14)
Unexpected exoskeleton remnants found in Paleozoic fossils
Surprising new research from a team lead by Carnegie's George Cody shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complex -- structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide -- are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era. (2011-02-07)
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