T rex

Biggest T. rex

Biggest T. rex found, according to reports in ScienceDaily 22 March 2019 and National Geographic 26 March 2019 and The Anatomical Record, 21 March 2019; doi: 10.1002/ar.24118. Palaeontologists at the University of Alberta have found the largest Tyrannosaurus rex known.  The 65% complete skeleton includes the skull and hips along with some ribs, leg and […]

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Rabbit

Rabbit Evolution in Three Countries

Rabbit evolution in three countries, claim scientists in articles in Science (AAAS) News 14 February 2019, and Science 14 February 2019, doi: 10.1126/science.aau7285. European rabbits were introduced into Australia in the mid 1800s and over the following decades they multiplied and spread, eventually reaching plague proportions, and devastated crops and pasturelands. In 1950 the myxoma […]

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Fossil Reptile

Triassic Cancer

Triassic cancer found according to articles in National Geographic and Science (AAAS) News 7 February 2019, ABC News 8 February 2019, and JAMA Oncology, published online 7 February 2019, doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.6766. Most cancers form in soft tissues and are therefore rarely preserved in fossils. However, bone tumours can be partly preserved because many contain hard mineralised […]

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Dolphin

Why Don’t Whales Get the Bends?

Why don’t whales get the bends, ask scientists in articles in ScienceDaily 25 April 2018 and Proceedings of the Royal Society B 25 April 2018 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0482. Ever since decompression sickness was known about in human divers scientists have been intrigued as to why diving animals such as whales, dolphins and sea turtles seem to […]

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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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Short Dog Leg Gene

Short dog leg gene found, according to articles in National Institutes of Health News 16 July 2009 and ScienceDaily 17 July 2009 and Science, vol. 325, p995, 21 August 2009 (originally published in Science Express on 16 July 2009). An international team of scientists have found the gene that gives dog breeds such as dachshund, […]

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Pollen Trap Prevents Hay Fever

Pollen trap prevents hay fever, as described in New Scientist 23 November 2002, p20. Australian scientists are currently running clinical trials on a device that filters air as it enters the nose in order to prevent pollen grains from triggering allergic reactions. Unlike conventional filters, which work like a sieve and rapidly get clogged up, […]

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Is Bird Flu Evolving?

Is bird flu evolving? ask many readers. Numerous warnings that the Avian Influenza virus will mutate and cause a pandemic have been in the scientific news services over the last few months. As a result we have received many questions about whether the virus is evolving. Editorial Comment: Bird flu is one of a number […]

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DNA Creation

A reader writes: “I recently heard John Mackay at a meeting at Edinburgh Scotland and was impressed with his presentation and approach. I have relayed to one of my colleagues how he explained that Thymine has a higher affinity for Thymine so it supports design being involved in DNA creation. He went off disbelieving of […]

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Aussie Tasmanian Devils Evolve Cancer Resistance

Aussie Tasmanian devils evolve cancer resistance, according to reports in ScienceDaily, Science (AAAS) news, Nature News 30 August 2016, and ABC News 31 August 2016, and Nature Communications doi.org/10.1038/ncomms12684 published online 30 August 2016. Over the past 20 years a deadly cancer has rapidly spread through the population of Tasmanian Devils. The cancer, named Devil […]

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