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Ancient 40ft-long whale skeleton discovered in Thailand

Scientists hope remains will deepen understanding of Bryde’s whale evolutionA whale skeleton thought to be up to 5,000 years old has been discovered, almost perfectly preserved, by researchers in Thailand.The skeleton, believed to be a Bryde’s whale, was found in Samut Sakhon, west of Bangkok. Researchers have excavated 80% of the remains and have so far identified 19 complete vertebrae, five ribs, a shoulder blade and fins. The skeleton measures 12 metres (39ft), with a three-metre-long skull. ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Marine Life, Evolution, Whales, Cetaceans, Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Bryde


Meave Leakey: 'Definitely, Africa is where it all began'

The renowned fossil hunter on the anti-African prejudice in palaeontology, her dream discovery, and bathing her daughter beside a baby hippoFor over 50 years, British-born palaeoanthropologist Meave Leakey has been unearthing fossils of our early ancestors in Kenya’s Turkana Basin. Her discoveries have changed how we think about our origins. Instead of a tidy ape-to-human progression, her work suggests different pre-human species living simultaneously. Leakey’s new memoir, The Sediments of Time:...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Anthropology, Kenya, Evolution, Fossils, Mary, Louis, Samira, Leakey, Turkana Basin, Richard Leakey, Meave Leakey


Chinese flower has evolved to be less visible to pickers

Fritillaria delavayi, used in traditional medicine, turning grey to blend into rocksFor thousands of years, the dainty Fritillaria delavayi has grown slowly on the rocky slopes of the Hengduan mountains in China, producing a bright green flower after its fifth year.But the conspicuous small plant has one deadly enemy: people, who harvest the flower for traditional Chinese medicine. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Conservation, Plants, Evolution, Hengduan


Remains of new flying reptile species spotted in UK museum drawer

Student finds mislabelled fragment of pterosaur, which flew over eastern England up to 66m years agoA fossil that been had languishing in a museum drawer in Brighton, wrongly labelled as a shark fin skeleton, has now been identified as a completely new species of prehistoric flying reptile that soared majestically over what are now the Cambridgeshire fens.Roy Smith, a University of Portsmouth PhD student, identified the creature after realising was much more unusual and interesting than its labe...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Biology, UK News, Culture, Museums, Brighton, Cambridge, Archaeology, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Zoology, Cambridgeshire, Fossils, Reptiles


Are humans wired for conflict? Lord of the Flies vs. Charles Darwin

The iconic novel "Lord of the Flies" paints a picture of human beings as naturally selfish and prone to conflict, but that is not the most accurate depiction of humanity, argues historian Rutger Bregman.Bregman shares a true story from his research about a group of Tongan students who survived on an island together for 15 months in 1965, not through brutal alliances, but by working together and forming a functional community.Darwin's observation of domestication syndrome is apparent in humans, a...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Biology, Children, Relationships, Sociology, Innovation, Collaboration, Community, Literature, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Humanity, Darwin, Evolutionary Psychology, Bregman


First winged reptiles were clumsy flyers, research suggests

Analysis of early Pterosaurs fossils shows they are likely to have been ungainly in flightPterosaurs, such as pterodactyl, are some of the largest animals ever to have taken to the skies, but the first reptile aviators were clumsy flyers, only capable of travelling short distances, a study suggests. The research may also shed new light on the evolution of flight more generally.Pterosaurs evolved around 245m years ago, and dominated the skies for more than 150m years, before dying out at the end ...
Tags: Science, Evolution, Fossils, Reptiles, Palaeontology


A mammoth find near Mexico City

A team of scientists has discovered the largest collection to date of mammoth skeletons in one place, just outside Mexico City. The researchers have counted more than 200 individual mammoths to date—and believe there are still more to discover.In 2018, the government announced the development of a new Mexico City airport at the Santa Lucía Air Force Base, north of the city. People have found mammoth remains in the northern part of the city and the wider region since the 1970s. So, Pedro Francisc...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Animals, History, Nature, Canada, United States, Mexico City, Innovation, Evolution, Siberia, Archeology, ND, Valley, Sánchez, Sapiens


Giraffes Are Basically Fuzzy Lightning Rods, New Research Suggests

Earlier this year, conservationists in South Africa discovered two adult giraffes struck down by lightning, signaling a potentially underrated risk for this majestic species.Read more...
Tags: Science, South Africa, Evolution, Lightning, Animal Behavior, Giraffes, Save The Giraffes, Lightning Strikes


Seven footprints may be the earliest evidence of humans on the Arabian Peninsula

Experts say discovery of 120,000-year-old prints could shed new light on spread of Homo sapiens out of AfricaA set of seven footprints made at a lake about 120,000 years ago have been hailed as the earliest evidence of modern humans on the Arabian Peninsula – a discovery experts say could shed light on the spread of our species out of Africa.The path by which Homo sapiens spread around the world was full of twists and turns. Genetic studies suggested it was not until 60,000 years ago that a migr...
Tags: Europe, Science, Africa, World news, Evolution, Fossils, Arabian Peninsula, Homo, Palaeontology


Several Fish Can Secretly Walk on Land, Study Suggests

A surprising number of hillstream loaches—a family of Asian fish—are capable of walking on land using all four limbs, according to a new study. It’s a discovery that could explain how some of the earliest animals managed to stroll on solid ground.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fish, Evolution, Marine Biology, Walking Fish


Fossil upends theory of how shark skeletons evolved, say scientists

Discovery of early bony fish casts doubt on ideas about sharks evolutionary historyThe partial skull of an armoured fish that swam in the oceans over 400m years ago could turn the evolutionary history of sharks on its head, researchers have said.Bony fish, such as salmon and tuna, as well as almost all terrestrial vertebrates, from birds to humans, have skeletons that end up made of bone. However, the skeletons of sharks are made from a softer material called cartilage – even in adults. Continue...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Marine Life, Evolution, Sharks, Fossils, Bony


Prehistoric last meal: marine reptile fossil has beast in stomach

Discovery from Middle Triassic sheds new light on ocean predators millions of years agoFresh evidence of the dog-eat-dog world of prehistoric oceans has been revealed by fossil hunters who have unearthed the remains of a giant marine reptile with another huge beast in its stomach.Dug up in south-western China in 2010, the animals are thought to have lived in the Middle Triassic. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Evolution, Fossils


Prehistoric last meal: fossil marine reptile found with beast in stomach

Fossils from Middle Triassic shed new light on dolphin-like creature’s eating habitsFresh evidence of the dog-eat-dog world of prehistoric oceans has been revealed by fossil hunters who have unearthed the remains of a giant marine reptile with another huge beast in its stomach.Dug up in southwestern China in 2010, the animals are thought to have lived in the Middle Triassic. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Evolution, Fossils


Scientists successfully revive 100m-year-old microbes from the sea

Microbes had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs Scientists have successfully revived microbes that had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs, allowing the organisms to eat and even multiply after eons in the deep.Their research sheds light on the remarkable survival power of some of Earth’s most primitive species, which can exist for tens of millions of years with barely any oxygen or food before springing back to life in the lab. ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Evolution, Fossils


The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science."Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable po...
Tags: Science Fiction, Space, Hollywood, Science, Biology, Innovation, Aliens, Evolution, Extraterrestrial Life, Wilson, Astrobiology, Don, Michio Kaku Bill Nye, Jonathan B Losos


This is how some snakes can fly

Some snakes have evolved the ability to glide through the air. For example, paradise tree snakes in southeastern Asia can launch off from a branch and fly as far as 10 meters. Scientists have known that the snakes flatten their bodies to gain lift but new research reveals that they also undulate their bodies as they're gliding in order to remain stable. Johns Hopkins University mechanical engineer Isaac Yeaton and colleagues from Virginia Tech put reflective tape on snakes' bodies and then use...
Tags: Asia, Post, Video, Science, News, Biology, Snakes, Evolution, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, Altitude Not Attitude, Flying Snakes, Isaac Yeaton, Gihan Jayaweera CC BY SA


Fossils of 'big boned' marsupial shed light on wombat evolution

Mukupirna, meaning ‘big bones’, was probably five times the size of living wombatsFossils of a huge, hairy creature with shovel-shaped hands and unusual teeth could hold clues to the evolution of today’s wombats, researchers say.They say the fossils belong to a new member of a group of marsupials called vombatiforms, and one of the earliest such creatures yet discovered. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Australia news, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Mukupirna


This ancient crocodile walked on two legs 'like humans'

The Jinju Formation, South Korea,houses nearly 100 well-preserved fossilized footprints.An analysis of the footprints suggests they were left by a 3-meter-long crocodile that walked on human-length hindlegs.The animal, named Batrachopus grandis, is another potential addition to the widely diverse family of the crocodylomorphs. As any schoolchild will tell you, crocodiles have remained unchanged for millions of years. These powerful ambush predators have evolved to fit perfectly within their nic...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Science, Biology, Animals, Bbc, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Kim, University Of Queensland, North Carolina, Paleontology, University of Manchester, Phil Manning, Jinju


8 Wild Examples of Evolution Copying Itself

Every once in a while, Darwinian natural selection stumbles upon the same solution more than once, in a process known as convergent evolution. Here are our favorite examples of evolution making the same creature, or same physical trait, twice.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Evolution, Species, Convergent Evolution


This might be the oldest creature to have ever lived on land

An ancient millipede-like creature living in Scotland may have been the first creature to live on land.A fossil representing Kampecaris obanensis was first discovered in 1899 on the Scottish isle of Kerrera. It's now been radiometrically dated to 425 million years ago. If the new research is correct about the age of the fossil, then scientists have been greatly underestimating how rapidly bugs and plants evolved to transition to life on land. Scientists now believe that a fossilized relative o...
Tags: Science, Scotland, Boston, Earth, Geology, Innovation, Evolution, Fossils, Insects, Suarez, University of Texas, University of Massachusetts, Kampecaris, Michael Brookfield, Elizabeth Catlos, Stephanie Suarez


Paleontologists Predict What Future Animals Might Look Like

It’s a bit unorthodox, reaching out to those who spend their lives studying past and asking them to predict the future. But these paleontologists were happy to take on our assignment: Could you apply what you know about how life has changed over time to guess what species might be like millions of years from now?Read more...
Tags: Science, Evolution, The Future, Paleontology


This Philosopher Is Challenging All of Evolutionary Psychology

It’s not often that a paper that attempts to take down an entire field. Yet, this past January, that’s precisely what University of New Hampshire assistant philosophy professor Subrena Smith’s paper tried to do. “Is Evolutionary Psychology Possible?” describes a core problem with evolutionary psychology, called the…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Philosophy, Evolution, Qa, Evolutionary Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Subrena Smith


Humans and Neanderthals 'co-existed in Europe for far longer than thought'

Cave objects suggest early humans and Neanderthals shared continent for several thousand yearsEarly humans were present in Europe at least 46,000 years ago, according to new research on remains found in Bulgaria, meaning that they overlapped with Neanderthals for far longer than previously thought.Researchers say jewellery and tools found at a cave in Bulgaria called Bacho Kiro reveal that early humans and Neanderthals were present at the same time in Europe for several thousand years, giving th...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Anthropology, Bulgaria, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Bacho Kiro


Ancient 'crazy beast' mammal classified as new species

Gondwanatherians were mammals that roamed present-day Madagascar.The new species likely resembled a badger and was about the size of a cat, which was relatively big for its time.The discovery highlights how isolation often leads to strange, evolutionarily distinct creatures. After discovering an extraordinarily well-preserved fossil, scientists have classified a new species of extinct mammal: Adalatherium hui, or "crazy beast."It's likely the most complete Gondwanatherian skeleton that's ever...
Tags: Science, Animals, Innovation, Evolution, Madagascar, Paleontology, Southern Hemisphere, University of Louisville, Denver Museum of Nature Science, New York Institute of Technology, Gondwana, David Krause, Guillermo Rougier, Gondwanatheria


Scientists digitally reconstruct skulls of dinosaurs in fossilised eggs

Research on Massospondylus carinatus embryos sheds new light on animals’ developmentThe fossilised skulls of dinosaur embryos that died within their eggs about 200m years ago, have been digitally reconstructed by scientists, shedding new light on the animals’ development, and how close they were to hatching.The rare clutch of seven eggs, some of which contain embryos, was discovered in South Africa in 1976, with the developing young found to be a species of dinosaur called Massospondylus carinat...
Tags: Science, South Africa, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Palaeontology


4 ways to promote neurogenesis in your brain

Neurogenesis, the birth of neurons from stem cells, happens mostly before we are born - as we are formed in the womb, we are generating most of what we need after birth.After birth, neurogenesis is still possible in two parts of the brain: the olfactory bulb (which is responsible for our sense of smell) and the hippocampus (which is responsible for memory, spatial navigation, and emotional processing). Research from the 1960s proves creating new neurons as adults is possible, and modern-day rese...
Tags: Health, Science, Learning, Biology, Stanford, Aging, Memory, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Evolution, Emotions, Exploration, Senses, Personal Growth, Emory University


Cave find shows Neanderthals collected seafood, scientists say

Discovery adds to growing evidence that Neanderthals were very similar to modern humans Neanderthals made extensive use of coastal environments, munching on fish, crabs and mussels, researchers have found, in the latest study to reveal similarities between modern humans and our big-browed cousins.Until now, many Neanderthal sites had shown only small-scale use of marine resources; for example, scattered shells. But now archaeologists have excavated a cave on the coast of Portugal and discovered ...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Portugal, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals


Fossil hunters find evidence of 555m-year-old human relative

Ikaria wariootia is half the size of a grain of rice and an early example of a bilateral organism It might not show much of a family resemblance but fossil hunters say a newly discovered creature, that looks like a teardrop-shaped jellybean and is about half the size of a grain of rice, is an early relative of humans and a vast array of other animals.The team discovered the fossils in rocks in the outback of South Australia that are thought to be at least 555m years old. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Australia news, Evolution, University of Cambridge, South Australia, Fossils, Ikaria


Grad student proves one of Darwin's theories almost 140 years after his death

In On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin posited that animal lineages with more species should also have more sub-species, or "varieties" in Darwin's terminology. Now, nearly 140 years after Darwin's death, Laura van Holstein, a PhD student in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and her colleagues have proven Darwin right. According to a University of Cambridge report, "her research could now be used to predict which species conservationists should focus on protecting to s...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Biology, Evolution, Charles Darwin, University of Cambridge, Darwin, Biological Anthropology, Origins, Laura van Holstein, van Holstein, Nordin Ćatić University of Cambridge


'Wonderchicken': oldest fossil of modern bird discovered

Tiny creature, half the size of a mallard, found in rocks dating back to dinosaur ageExperts have discovered a fossil of the world’s oldest known modern bird – a diminutive creature about half the size of a mallard duck.Dubbed the Wonderchicken, the remains were found in rocks dating to about 66.8m to 66.7m years ago, revealing that the bird was active shortly before the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs 66m years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Birds, Belgium, Evolution, University of Cambridge, Fossils



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