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The Oldest DNA from Giant Pandas Was Just Discovered in a Cave in China
LIVE SCIENCE Scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA to prove that a fossil belonged to an unknown, ancient cousin of modern pandas. 9 hours
The Oldest DNA from Giant Pandas Was Just Discovered in a China Cave
LIVE SCIENCE Scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA to prove that a fossil belong to an unknown, ancient cousin of modern pandas. 9 hours
22,000-year-old panda from cave in Southern China belongs to distinct, long-lost lineage
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers who've analyzed ancient mitochondrial (mt)DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China -- a place... 10 hours
New technique provides accurate dating of ancient skeletons
SCIENCE DAILY A new way of dating skeletons by using mutations in DNA associated with geography will avoid the difficulties and inaccuracies sometimes associated with existing dating methods. The technique will enable a better... 12 hours
In the gaping mouth of ancient crocodiles
SCIENCE DAILY A new study has endeavoured to further explore the mouth of one of the earliest occurring and least understood groups of crocodilians, the shartegosuchids. 15 hours
22,000-year-old panda from cave in Southern China belongs to distinct, long-lost lineage
PHYS.ORG Researchers who've analyzed ancient mitochondrial (mt)DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China—a place where no... 15 hours
In the gaping mouth of ancient crocodiles
PHYS.ORG The mouth of today's crocodilians inspires fear and awe, with their wide gape and the greatest known bite force in the vertebrate animal kingdom. However, this apex predator of today and its modus of... 16 hours
The most ancient African baobabs are dying and no one knows why
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New technique provides accurate dating of ancient skeletons
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Bite Marks on East Coast Dinosaur Bones Illuminate Ancient Coastal Ecosystem
SCI-NEWS.COM One might expect a dig site in some far-off desert when thinking of a... 22 hours
AP Was There: The age of climate change begins
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True origin of ancient turquoise
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Meet the Extinct Cow with a 'Bulldog' Skull
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Burmese Amber Preserves 99-Million-Year-Old Tropical Frogs
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To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift
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Secrets of extinct cow with face like a bulldog revealed
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Ancient Native American remains reburied on California isle
PHYS.ORG The mystery behind the skull of an ancient man discovered in the eroding coastline of a remote Southern California island has been laid to rest along with the bones unearthed by researchers. 4 days
Modern alchemists are making chemistry greener
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DNA 'fossils' in fish, amphibians, and reptiles reveal deep diversity of retroviruses
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Amber fossils provide oldest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests
SCIENCE DAILY 99-million-year-old amber fossils from Myanmar provide the earliest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests. 5 days
Ancient mammal ancestor found and identified in China
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers from China and the U.S. has identified a new ancient mammal ancestor recently found in a part of China. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the... 5 days
Amber fossils provide oldest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests
PHYS.ORG About 99 million years ago, a tiny juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar was suddenly trapped in sap with a beetle, perhaps its intended next meal. 5 days
These newfound frogs have been trapped in amber for 99 million years
SCIENCE-NEWS Trapped in amber, 99-million-year-old frog fossils reveal the amphibians lived in a wet, tropical climate. 5 days
Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century
PHYS.ORG The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. This view is held... 5 days
For 100 million years, amber freezes a tableau of tick's worst day ever
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Deadly fungus found for first time in critically endangered amphibian species
SCIENCE DAILY A fungal pathogen which has led to the extinction of entire species in South America has been recorded for the first time in critically endangered amphibians... 5 days
Ancient agricultural activity caused lasting environmental changes
SCIENCE DAILY Agricultural activity by humans more than 2,000 years ago had a more significant and lasting impact on the environment than previously thought. 5 days
Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century
SCIENCE DAILY The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. 5 days
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Ancient agricultural activity caused lasting environmental changes
PHYS.ORG Agricultural activity by humans more than 2,000 years ago had a more significant and lasting impact on the environment than previously thought. The finding— discovered by a team of international researchers led by the... 6 days
New research unveils true origin of ancient turquoise
PHYS.ORG New research published today in the journal Science Advances overturns more than a century of thought about the source of turquoise used by ancient civilizations in Mesoamerica, the vast region that extends... 6 days
British mammals' fight for survival
SCIENCE DAILY Almost one in five of British mammal species face a high risk of extinction, according to a recent comprehensive review of their populations. 6 days
Scientists discover a new way to find mass extinctions
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Archaeologists find ancient rock art in Egypt
PHYS.ORG Egypt says archaeologists have unearthed 3,500-year-old rock art depicting bulls, donkeys and sheep in the Eastern Desert. 6 days
Brexit could make UK car sector 'extinct': business lobby
PHYS.ORG The president of Britain's main business lobby on Wednesday warned that the country's car industry risked "becoming extinct" outside the EU's customs union. 6 days
Scientists discover a new way to find mass extinctions
PHYS.ORG During the history of the Earth, there were many mass extinctions, when huge numbers of species died out. They are usually easy to identify because of the sudden extinctions, followed... 6 days
British mammals' fight for survival
PHYS.ORG Almost one in five of British mammal species face a high risk of extinction, according to the first comprehensive review of their populations for more than 20 years launched today by the Mammal Society and Natural England. 6 days
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Deadly fungus found for first time in critically endangered amphibian species
PHYS.ORG A fungal pathogen which has led to the extinction of entire species in South America has been recorded for the first time in critically endangered amphibians... 6 days
Medical News Today: Skull-drilling: The ancient roots of modern neurosurgery
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3,000-Year-Old Geoglyphs May Depict the Heavens
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Discovery of the oldest mammal in Brazil pays tribute to David Bowie
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Volcanic activity, declining ocean oxygen triggered mass extinction of ancient organisms
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Volcanic activity, declining ocean oxygen triggered mass extinction of ancient organisms
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Discovery of the oldest mammal in Brazil pays tribute to David Bowie
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'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: study
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Study: Honeybees Understand Concept of Zero
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First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle
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South African fossils rewrite early history of life on land
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