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Category: Prehistory

New Hominid Discovery: Homo naledi

A new species of hominid, the Homo naledi, has been discovered by scientists of the University of Witwatersrand working in collaboration with those from the National Geographic. The findings, published in two papers on eLife, are thought to be of great importance to the science community. Paleoartist John Gurche’s reconstruction of H. naledi inspired from

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Scientists To Revive 30,000-Year-Old Siberian Virus

A 30,000-year-old prehistoric Siberian virus will be reanimated soon by French scientists. The findings of their research are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mollivirus Sibericum (transmission electron microscopy). Photo credits: IGS, CNRS-AMU. The virus was found in deep underground in the frozen world of Siberia. The discovery Mollivirus sibericum marks

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Meet Ankylosaur The Inbuilt Armor Dinosaur

Ankylosaurs were dinosaurs equipped with inbuilt armour. A characteristic anatomical feature of some of them was the giant tail club. The latter, located at the end of the tail, has recently been documented by researchers who suggest that the knob grew less and less flexible over time to culminate into the stiff tail club. The findings

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Giant Sea Scorpion of 1.5 Meters Discovered

A 460-million-year old sea scorpion – believed to be the oldest species of eurypterid – has been discovered in the US in the form of 150 fossil pieces spotted in northeastern Iowa from a 27-metre thick sandy shale found in an old meteorite impact crater. The findings have been published in the journal BMC Evolutionary

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Theropod Dinosaurs Like The TRex Had Something More Than Just Teeth

A new study has shed light onto the ability of dinosaurs to kill their prey: their serrated (having saw-like cutting edges) teeth allowed them to cut through flesh and bones better – specially those of other dinosaurs they fed on – and the very arrangement of the tissues within each of those teeth provided further

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Complex Reproduction in Organisms Started Million of Years Ago

The Fractofusus, a form of rangeomorphs, had developed a complex reproductive methodology millions of years ago, as attested by well-preserved fossils of the immobile organism. Illustration of a Fractofusus community. Photo credits: EG Mitchell. What are the first living organisms to have graced the surface of the Earth with their presence? Some scientists believe rangeomorphs

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Large Marine “Dinosaur” Discovered in Alaska For The First Time

The first plesiosaur, more specifically an elasmosaur, to ever be discovered in Alaska, in the Talkeetna Mountains, has recently been documented by researchers. It is not specifically a dinosaur since it did not walk on land; rather it is a large marine reptile. The 70-million-year-old fossil dates back from the late Cretaceous period. The picture

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World’s Oldest Fossilised Animal Sperm Discovered in Antarctica

The world’s oldest animal sperm fossil from 50 million years has been discovered by an international team of researchers in the wall of a fossilised worm cocoon in Antarctica. The findings have been published in The Royal Society journal Biology Letters. A scanning electron micrograph of the 50-million-year-old fossilized sperm. Photo credits: Department of Palaeobiology/

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New Horned Dinosaur Nicknamed Hellboy Reconstructed

Around a decade ago, a man named Peter Hews came across bones almost hanging from a cliff along a river in southeastern Alberta, Canada. These bones have now been documented: they form a nearly complete skull of a rather unusual horned dinosaur – recently named Regaliceratops peterhewsi – that might have been a close relative of

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Common Ancestor of Modern Snakes Had Ankles & Toes

A new study suggests that the common ancestor of modern living snakes had vestigial limbs: ankles and toes. The findings have been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. What did the common ancestor of modern snakes look like? Snake evolution has been a challenging research area because of the fragility of the skeletons of the creatures

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Mauritius Had Other Strange Birds, Not Just The Dodo

According to a very old document written by a Dutch settler back when Mauritius was colonised, the island was home to a number of other strange birds, apart from the Dodo. Photo credits: Julian Hume/ London Natural History Museum We all naturally think of the dodo when colonised Mauritius is mentioned. The famous bird, endemic

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Builders In China Discover Fossilised Dinosaur Eggs

Men engaged in construction works on a road situated in the south of China have made a spectacular discovery: 43 fossilised dinosaur eggs. The fossilised eggs. Photo credits: Corbis 43 dinosaur eggs were spotted earlier this month. The amazing discovery made by builders occurred in Heyuan, Guangdong Province, China. The city is actually nicknamed the

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