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Image credit: A 17-million-year-old whale fossil stranded far inland in Kenya now sheds light on the timing and starting elevation of East Africa's puzzling tectonic uplift / Southern Methodist University

17-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil Provides Hints for East Africa’s Puzzling Uplift

The East African Plateau is located nearly 1,000 meters higher than sea level, however, back to millions years ago, this region was actually underwater. Not long ago, based on the study on a prehistoric whale fossil discovered at such high elevations, researchers have found that the East African Plateau started […]

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Image credit: Fossilized Acanthodes bridgei with eye tissues intact / Tanaka et al., Nature Communications

New Fossil Fish Discovery Suggests Color Vision at Least 300 Million-Years-Old

Just like human beings, the visual system of fish is dependent on the retina’s light-sensitive receptors known as rods which are twilight vision and cones responsible cones for daylight vision. Based on examination of 300-million-year-old fish, scientists have found the fossilized rods and cones for the first time ever.   They […]

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Image credit: Randall Gann/New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science/

Bachelor Party Stumbles Upon 3-Million-Year-Old Mastodon Skull

While a lager number of guys organize their bachelor party in a bar or restaurant, a group of friends participating in a pre-wedding gathering came across something very special — a 3-million-year-old skull. When they were going out hiking in Elephant Butte Lake State Park near Albuquerque, New Mexico, they […]

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A tooth of Dakosaurus maximus in lingual, labial, basal and apical view. Scale bar – 1 cm. Image credit: Mark T. Young et al.

Huge Tooth Fossil of Dakosaurus Maximus Found by UK Scientists

Dr. Mark Young and his team from the University of Edinburgh have found a unique fossilized tooth of Dakosaurus maximus, which is thought to be a prehistoric relative of modern crocodiles. Dakosaurus maximus used to live in the shallow seas, where is now the part of Europe, in the period […]

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Four Eyed Harvestman Fossil Offers Insights in Arachnid Evolution

Four Eyed Harvestman Fossil Offers Insights in Arachnid Evolution

In the eastern part of France, scientists have found the fossil of an extinct harvestman species dating back to 305 million years ago. However being different from the today’s harvestmen with one set of eyes, this specimen had two. The results have been released in the article of the Current […]

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Ancient Sea Creatures Filtered Foods Like Modern Whales

Ancient Sea Creatures Filtered Foods Like Modern Whales

Based on the finding of the new fossils in northern Greenland, it is reported that ancient, giant marine animals were able to utilize mysterious facial appendages to filter food they need from the ocean. The research done by the group of scientists from the University of Bristol shows the way […]

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A New Pygmy Tyrannosaur Is Discovered to Be T. Rex’s Cousin from North

A New Pygmy Tyrannosaur Is Discovered to Be T. Rex’s Cousin from North

Scientists found a 70 million-year-old fossil in the Late Cretaceous sediments of Alaska and it was identified to be a new small tyrannosaur, according to a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE on March 12, 2014. Tyrannosaurs is the lineage of carnivorous theropod (“beast feet”) dinosaurs including the famous […]

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New Discovery on Hominin DNA Suggests Link to Mystery Population

New Discovery on Hominin DNA Suggests Link to Mystery Population

Paleontologists gleaned DNA from a 400,000-year old femur from Spain and discovered an unexpected link between Europe’s hominin inhabitants of the time and a cryptic population, the Denisovans, known to have lived much more recently in southwestern Siberia. The DNA sequence, representing the oldest hominin sequence yet published, brings paleontologists […]

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An Eternal Love Story of Froghopper—Oldest Fossil of Mating Insects Is Discovered in China

An Eternal Love Story of Froghopper—Oldest Fossil of Mating Insects Is Discovered in China

A pair of froghopper died when they were having sex, covered by fine, poisonous, volcanic ash and became a fossil until being discovered recently by Chinese scientists. Researchers analyzed the remains of the pair of the champion-jumper insects and found that froghoppers have been having their sex life in the […]

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Global Warming Led to Shrinkage of Early Mammals—Twice

Global Warming Led to Shrinkage of Early Mammals—Twice

About 55 million years ago, the Earth went through a series of global warming events—within 20,000 years, global temperature raised up for 6°C. During this period, the early horses called Hyracotherium, experienced a body-size decrease of about 30%. Scientists believe that the shrinkage in body size results in an increase […]

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