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Article ID: 713321

3-million-year-old fossilized mouse reveals evolutionary secrets of color

University of Manchester

The evolutionary use of colour for mammal's survival in the wild is evident from, red foxes, to zebras. Today an international team,

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Article ID: 713074

In a first, researchers identify reddish coloring in an ancient fossil – a 3-million-year-old mouse

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Researchers have for the first time detected chemical traces of red pigment in an ancient fossil – an exceptionally well-preserved mouse, not unlike today’s field mice, that roamed the fields of what is now the German village of Willershausen around 3 million years ago.

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17-May-2019 1:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712860

Tooth Fossils Fill 6-Million-Year-Old Gap in Primate Evolution

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV geoscientist, student among international research team behind discovery of ancient monkey species that lived in Africa 22 million years ago.

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14-May-2019 2:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712646

Research reveals surprisingly powerful bite of tiny early tetrapod

University of Lincoln

Micro-CT scanning of a tiny snake-like fossil discovered in Scotland has shed new light on the elusive creature,

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Article ID: 712381

Statistical study finds it unlikely South African fossil species is ancestral to humans

University of Chicago Medical Center

Research by UChicago paleontologists finds that it is unlikely that a two-million-year-old, apelike fossil from South Africa is a direct ancestor of Homo, the genus to which modern-day humans belong.

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Article ID: 712293

A Small Dinosaur from New Mexico is a Big Piece in the Puzzle of Tyrannosaur Evolution

Stony Brook University

Tyrannosauroid dinosaurs have a long evolutionary history and include iconic giants like Tyrannosaurus rex. Now an international research team including Alan H. Turner, PhD, from Stony Brook University, have uncovered the skeleton of a small tyrannosaur from Late Cretaceous rocks in New Mexico.

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2-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712323

Scientists Discover Evolutionary Link to Modern-Day Sea Echinoderms

Ohio State University

Scientists at The Ohio State University have discovered a new species that lived more than 500 million years ago—a form of ancient echinoderm that was ancestral to modern-day groups such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea stars, brittle stars and crinoids. The fossil shows a crucial evolutionary step by echinoderms that parallels the most important ecological change to have taken place in marine sediments. The discovery, nearly 30 years in the making, was published recently in the Bulletin of Geosciences.

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Article ID: 711971

Running May Have Made Dinosaurs’ Wings Flap Before they Evolved to Fly

PLOS

Before they evolved the ability to fly, two-legged dinosaurs may have begun to flap their wings as a passive effect of running along the ground

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26-Apr-2019 4:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712300

Chewing versus sex in the duck-billed dinosaurs

University of Bristol

The duck-billed hadrosaurs walked the Earth over 90-million years ago and were one of the most successful groups of dinosaurs.

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