+ Evolution: This View of Life Magazine: Paleontology
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520 million years ago in the Yunnan Province of China, a tiny, peculiar animal that resembles a balloon was navigating ancient seas. >>Read More
Post: December 15, 2014 10:46 pm, Source: Scientific Reports  Comments (0) Views (193)
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Carnivorous plants are found around the world today. But until recently, their only known fossils were the seeds of one aquatic species, Aldrovanda. German researchers have made the first discovery of a plant’s fossilized insect-trapping parts: two tiny leaves believed to be in the genus Roridula, encased in Baltic amber from a coastal Russian mine. >>Read More
Post: December 14, 2014 7:29 pm, Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  Comments (0) Views (254)
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A female horse that lived 47 million years ago is providing paleontologists with a view into the past. >>Read More
Post: November 17, 2014 2:56 am, Source: Senckenbergiana lethaea  Comments (0) Views (421)
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Even without skeletal remains, Marsola and his team of researchers are using the egg characteristics and its location to relate it to other bird eggs and build phylogenetic trees, placing this new bird, whoever it may be, on the evolutionary tree of life. >>Read More
Post: November 4, 2014 12:21 am, Source: Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology  Comments (0) Views (797)
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Salamanders are the only tetrapods which can regrow lost limbs in adulthood. Exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the remains of lakebeds in southwest Germany provide the oldest evidence that their early ancestors may have shared this trait. >>Read More
Post: October 27, 2014 8:49 pm, Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society: B  Comments (0) Views (1116)
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Myrmecophily – partnering with ants to receive food or protection -- is rarely evident in the fossil record, so its evolution is poorly understood. Scientists recently discovered the oldest known myrmecophile, an amber-encased beetle which lived in the early Eocene Epoch when ants were rare but poised to proliferate. >>Read More
Post: October 15, 2014 1:20 pm, Source: Current Biology  Comments (0) Views (775)
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Compared to the growth rate that would have been expected given the relative growth of the neocortex over an evolutionary timescale, the cerebellum grew larger at a much faster rate in apes and humans versus that of other primates. >>Read More
Post: October 8, 2014 12:38 pm, Source: Current Biology  Comments (0) Views (685)

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