Lucy’s Child’ Climbed Trees

Lucy’s child’ climbed trees, according to articles in ScienceDaily and National Geographic 4 July 2018 and Cosmos 6 July 2018 and Science Advances 4 July 2018, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7723. A team of scientists in the USA have studied a foot fossil found with a partial skeleton in Ethiopia in 2002. The skeleton has been identified as […]

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Oldest Rainforest Frogs

Oldest rainforest frogs found, according to BBC news, National Geographic News, and ScienceDaily, 14 June 2018 and Scientific Reports Scientific Reports, 14 June 2018, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-26848-w. Scientists from University of Florida and China University of Geosciences in Beijing have found the remains of four tiny frogs embedded in specimens of amber originally collected in Burma. […]

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Stick Insect

Stick Disguise Evolved Early

Stick disguise evolved early, claim scientists, according to reports in Nature News 25 April 2018 and Proceedings of Royal Society B 25 April 2018 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.042. Stick insects, as their name suggests, have long slender bodies and many have plate-like projections called lamellae, which also help make them look like twigs. These features are considered […]

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Ankylosaur

Upside Down Dinosaurs

Upside down dinosaurs explained by scientists in Science (AAAS) News 21 February 2018, and Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.02.010, published online 9 February 2018. Ankylosaurs were squat, short-legged dinosaurs with thick tails and armour-plated backs.  Scientists who study them have noted that most have been preserved lying on their backs – i.e. upside down, and […]

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Bat on Tree Trunk

Giant Burrowing Bat Fossil

Giant burrowing bat fossil found, as reported in ScienceDaily 10 January 2018, BBC News 11 January 2018 and Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18403-w. An international team of scientists has found teeth and bones of an extinct burrowing bat in rock layers in Central Otago region in New Zealand. Burrowing bats can fly, but also forage for […]

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Feathered Dinos Had Ticks

Feathered dinos had ticks, claim scientists in articles in, National Geographic 12 December 2017, BBC News and ScienceDaily 13 December 2017, and Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01550-z published online 12 December 2017. An international team of researchers from Spain, USA and UK have found three species of ticks preserved in amber from Burma. The amber is dated […]

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Butterfly feeding on flower

Butterflies Evolved Before Flowers

Butterflies evolved before flowers, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 10 January 2018, BBC News 11 January 2018, and Science Advances doi:10.1126/sciadv.1701568, 10 January 2018. Scientists studying rocks samples from drill cores extracted from Late Triassic and Early Jurassic rocks in Northern Germany, have found fossil butterfly wing scales in rocks dated […]

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Trilobites

Oldest Eyes Like Modern Eyes

Oldest eyes like modern eyes, claim scientists in reports in ScienceDaily 6 December 2017, BBC News 7 December 2017 and PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1716824114, published online 4 December 2017. A group of scientists from Scotland, Germany and Estonia have studied the eyes of a trilobite fossil Schmidtiellus reetae found in Estonia rocks dated as 530 million years […]

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Fire Salamander

Petrified Salamander

Petrified salamander found, as reported in ScienceDaily 3 October 2017, and PeerJ, 2017; 5: e3861 doi: 10.7717/peerj.3861, 3 October 2017. Scientists from Switzerland and France have studied an “exceptionally preserved” fossil of a salamander named Phosphotriton sigei. The fossil is dated as 35-40 million years old and belongs to the same family as living ‘fire […]

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Mesosaur Scoliosis

Fossil Bone Diseases

Fossil bone diseases found, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News, PLoS ONE doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185338, 21 September 2017 and ResearchGate conference papers June 2017. Scientists from Poland and USA have found the fossil of a mesosaur, an extinct marine reptile, with a spinal deformity that caused an abnormal curvature of its spine. The deformity is […]

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