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October 30, 2014

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4:02 PM | Fern Frozen in Time by Volcanic Flow Reveals Stunning Detail
It defies belief, but a 180 million year old fern fossil unearthed in Sweden is so exquisitely preserved that it is possible to see its cells dividing. So pristine is the fossil, reported scientists... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:03 PM | Zaraapelta nomadis: New Armored Dinosaur Discovered in Mongolia
Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of ankylosaur that roamed what is now the Gobi Desert in Mongolia during the Upper Cretaceous, between 100.5 and 66 million years ago. The new dinosaur is named Zaraapelta nomadis. It belongs to Ankylosauridae, a family of herbivorous dinosaurs with armored plates on their back. The genus [...]

October 29, 2014

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5:20 PM | This Extraordinarily Well-Preserved Mammoth Is Now On Display In Moscow
Remember Yuka — that freakishly well-preserved wooly mammoth discovered in 2010? Scientists have put the remains of the 39,000 year-old mammoth on display in Moscow — and it's far more incredible than we realized. Read more...
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1:00 PM | 70,000-Year-Old Mammoth Skeleton Found in Idaho
Paleontologists have rescued part of its skull and a tusk, but there may even be a complete mammoth buried below the surface.
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3:03 AM | The Raft of the Medusa
There is really no way of knowing what the media, scientific or otherwise, will grab onto. A week ago, at the Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver, I presented a descriptive talk that may well have been the simplest I had ever given to a scientific audience. We had just listened to a series of presentations, […]

October 28, 2014

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8:34 PM | The Making of the Mammalian Nose
As far as anatomical ventilation systems go, our noses are pretty impressive. Scrolled sheets of bone called turbinates …

October 27, 2014

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4:32 PM | A Guy Digging A Well Just Stumbled Upon a 500,000-Year-Old Giant Sloth
Carlos Manduga lives in the resort city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, which lies about 250 miles south of the country’s capital Buenos Aires. Not too long ago, Manduga was digging and cleaning out a well on his property when he came across the fossilized remains of a pre-historic creature. Manduga found a skull, ribs, a number of vertebrae and a few other fossilized remains. Manduga immediately contacted the Lorenzo Scaglia Natural History Museum to inform them of the find. […]

October 26, 2014

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6:08 PM | Spineless Giants Track Oceanic Revolutions
We’re fascinated by superlative size. That’s why humungous dinosaurs regularly make headlines, and Carboniferous arthropods – dragonflies and …
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4:35 PM | Megalodon Became Extinct 2.6 Million Years Ago
Carcharocles megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived on Earth, became extinct approximately 2.6 million years ago, according to a new analysis of its fossil record carried out by Dr Christopher Clements of the University of Zurich and Catalina Pimiento of the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History. Carcharocles megalodon ruled the oceans for [...]
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October 24, 2014

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4:00 PM | Oldest Modern Genome From Human Bone Reveals When We Bred With Neanderthals
The femur that led to the oldest modern human genome. Credit: Bence Viola, MPI EVABy Daniel Zadik, University of LeicesterWhen a human bone was found on a gravelly riverbank by a bone-carver who was searching for mammoth ivory, little did he know it would provide the oldest modern-human genome yet sequenced. The anatomically modern male thigh-bone, found near the town of Ust’-Ishim in south-western Siberia, has been radiocarbon-dated to around 45,000 years old. read more

October 23, 2014

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10:39 PM | Now we know where these weirdo arms belonged
For almost 50 years, paleontologists had a mystery set of giant dinosaur arms. The rest of the animal has now been discovered… and his arms have been put back on. Mystery of dinosaur with giant arms solved. In the 1960s, researchers unearthed two gigantic dinosaur arms. For decades, scientists have speculated about what kind of… Source: Doubtful News
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9:30 PM | The world's oldest genome shows when our ancestors had sex with Neanderthals.
The world's oldest genome shows when our ancestors had sex with Neanderthals. Analysis of a 45,000 year-old femur shows that modern humans and Neanderthals mated 52,000 to 58,000 years ago — a much smaller window than previously estimated (a 49,000 year span). It's the oldest-known human genome ever sequenced, revealing a mysterious population that once spanned northern Asia. Read more...
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8:49 PM | Dinosaur Noses Are Cool
Nearly a century ago, while working in the 75 million year old rock of Alberta, Canada, the professional …
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8:05 PM | Depositional Environments on the Paleo Trails Mary Brill...
Depositional Environments on the Paleo Trails Mary Brill explains depositional environments to Brian Switek at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. For more on Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, check out their site: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/quarry.html By: Dinologue.
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8:00 PM | Finally Found: The Body That Goes With These Monstrous Dinosaur Arms
In 1965, paleontologists unearthed a ghastly pair of eight-foot, claw-tipped dinosaur arms – and little else. Since then, researchers have been searching for the rest of Deinocheirus mirificus (Latin for "unusual, horrible hands"). Now, a team working in Mongolia has found it.Read more...
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7:33 PM | Deinocheirus Mirificus Puzzle Solved, Revealing The Weirdest-Looking Creature To Walk The Planet
Deinocheirus mirificus. Credit: Yuong-Nam LeeBy Stephen Brusatte, University of EdinburghEverywhere scientists look it seems like they are finding dinosaurs. A new species is emerging at the astounding pace of one per week. And this continues with the announcement of perhaps the strangest dinosaur find over the past few years: the toothless, hump-backed, super-clawed omnivore Deinocheirus mirificus that lived about 70m years ago in what is now Mongolia. read more
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3:30 PM | Bizarre dinosaur matched to an enormous set of arm bones
50 years after arms were found, we have a very odd looking body to go with them.
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11:14 AM | New Fossils Help Reconstruct Bizarre Ostrich-Like Dinosaur
A large duck-billed dinosaur with a camel-like hump and the neck of an ostrich lived in what is today Mongolia during the Cretaceous, about 70 million years ago, say Dr Tsogtbaatar Chinzorig of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences’ Paleontological Center and his colleagues who analyzed and pieced together dinosaur fossils recently uncovered in the Gobi [...]
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3:35 AM | Why Are the Paleos Talking About Laundry?
I think I just had one of the more entertaining Twitter conversations ever. I have to share. It started with me whining a bit, because I can: I really ought to do some laundry. Only I don’t want to. — … Continue reading →

October 22, 2014

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11:10 PM | 45,000-year-old modern human bone yields a genome
Places Neanderthal interbreeding at 60,000 years.

October 21, 2014

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11:14 PM | Sex? Sex? Oh, please. It's copulation.
In higher organisms, sex, gender, and copulation are all neatly tied up together such that to the less well informed (read science correspondent) they are one and the same. So when some science reporter says "Sex emerged in an ancient Scottish lake", and it turns out to be fossil fish copulating, it just sends the wrong message.  To be fair it's the headline that's wrong. The article clearly states this is about copulation. Sex is when parents of two different genotypes combine […]
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8:04 PM | Geologizing in the Realm of the Beast
September 8, 1762 the young son of the Yolle‘s, herding the flock of sheep, disappeared near the village of Laval in the province of Dauphiné (France). Only the poor remains of the boy, partially eaten by a mysterious creature, were recovered. The pastor of Laval, named Raphaël, later described an encounter with this creature: “the [...]
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8:04 PM | Geologizing in the Realm of the Beast
September 8, 1762 the young son of the Yolle‘s, herding the flock of sheep, disappeared near the village of Laval in the province of Dauphiné (France). Only the poor remains of the boy,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 20, 2014

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9:20 PM | Scientists Have Identified the First Sex Act Performed on Earth
Scientists from Flinders University in Australia say they have identified the first example of penetrative sex in evolution. And wow, was it ever weird. Read more...

October 17, 2014

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6:42 PM | Brazil’s First Fossil Bird Egg Discovered
A near-intact fossilized egg of a Mesozoic bird recently discovered in the Sao Paulo State of Brazil is the first ever found in the country. The Mesozoic fossil record includes more than 120 species of birds found worldwide. Over the last three decades, paleontologists have made important discoveries of fossil bird eggs including those of [...]
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5:47 PM | Meet PLOS at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2014
We are excited to announce that PLOS will be exhibiting at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2014 Annual Meeting from 5-8th November in Berlin. This is only the second time that the meeting takes place outside North America, and the … Continue reading »The post Meet PLOS at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2014 appeared first on EveryONE.
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5:38 PM | Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry on the Paleo Trails Mary Brill...
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry on the Paleo Trails Mary Brill introduces Brian Switek to the paleontological quandary that is the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry’s bone bed, on the Paleo Trails! 75% carnivorous!?! 2/3rds Allosaurs!?! Whatever the stats, Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry = Christmas morning for paleontologists! For more on Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, check out their site: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/quarry.html By: Dinologue.

October 16, 2014

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3:21 PM | Nautilus shell deformity puzzles scientists
By John Barrat In the wild, wide milk chocolate-brown stripes adorn the beautiful smooth, white shells of the chambered nautilus, a deep-diving mollusk from the […] The post Nautilus shell deformity puzzles scientists appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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1:20 PM | This Gigantic Ancient Kangaroo Didn't Hop — It Actually Walked
For millions of years there lived a rather large species of kangaroo in Australia called sthenurines. Weighing in at 550 pounds and featuring a 6'6" frame, these Pleistocene creatures must have been an awesome site — an animal made all the more remarkable by virtue of the fact that they walked around on their feet just like humans.Read more...
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12:30 PM | Warm Oceans Had Less Oxygen, Show Microfossils
By pairing chemical analyses with micropaleontology, the study of tiny fossilized organisms, researchers believe they can decipher how global marine life was affected by a rapid warming event more than 55 million years ago.   The work revolves around the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a well-studied analogue for modern climate warming. Documenting the expansion of OMZs during the PETM is difficult because of the lack of a sensitive, widely applicable indicator of dissolved […]
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