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Fossilized Slime of 100-Million-Year-Old Hagfish Shakes Up Vertebrate Family Tree

University of Chicago Medical Center

Paleontologists at the University of Chicago have discovered the first detailed fossil of a hagfish, the slimy, eel-like carrion feeders of the ocean. The 100-million-year-old fossil helps answer questions about when these ancient, jawless fish branched off the evolutionary tree from the lineage that gave rise to modern-day jawed vertebrates, including bony fish and humans.

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16-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth

North Carolina State University

The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga.

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15-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST

Article ID: 706739

Understanding our early human ancestors: Australopithecus sediba

Dartmouth College

The fossil site of Malapa in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, discovered by Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in August 2008, has been one of the most productive sites of the 21st century for fossils of early human ancestors or hominins. A new hominin species, Australopithecus sediba (Au. sediba), was named by Berger and his colleagues, following the discovery of two partial skeletons just under two million years old, a juvenile male individual-- Malapa Hominin 1 (MH1)-- and an adult female, Malapa Hominin 2 (MH2). The skeletons are under the custodianship of the University of the Witwatersrand, where they are being kept.

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18-Jan-2019 11:40 AM EST
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Article ID: 706636

Scientists Confirm Pair of Skeletons are from Same Early Hominin Species

New York University

Separate skeletons suggested to be from different early hominin species are, in fact, from the same species, a team of anthropologists has concluded in a comprehensive analysis of remains first discovered a decade ago.

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17-Jan-2019 6:05 AM EST

Article ID: 706520

National Geographic spotlights Tulane professor’s work

Tulane University

Article provides much more detail about the findings than had previously been revealed.

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15-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST

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Article ID: 706436

Fossil deposit is much richer than expected

University of Bonn

It has long been known that a quarry near the Dutch town of Winterswijk is an Eldorado for fossil lovers. But even connoisseurs will be surprised just how outstanding the site actually is. A student at the University of Bonn, himself a Dutchman and passionate fossil collector, has now analyzed pieces from museums and private collections for his master's thesis.

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14-Jan-2019 1:40 PM EST
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Article ID: 706351

Skull scans tell tale of how world's first dogs caught their prey

University of Edinburgh

Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago.

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11-Jan-2019 11:30 AM EST
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15-Meter-Long Ancient Whale Basilosaurus isis Was Top Marine Predator

PLOS

Fossils from ‘Valley of Whales’ suggest B. isis predated smaller whales and fish

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3-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Powerful Icelandic Vikings were buried with stallions

University of Oslo

Archaeologists in Iceland have for decades examined the remains of more than 350 graves from the Viking Age. In approximately 150 of these, teeth or bones of horses were found. Geneticists and archaeologists have now examined ancient DNA from 19 horses in such graves, and it turned out that all horses - except one - were male.

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2-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705736

Spectacular flying reptiles soared over Britain's tropical Jurassic past

University of Portsmouth

Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks a palaeontology student’s PhD research.

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20-Dec-2018 4:05 AM EST

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