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Tortoise evolution: How did they become so big?
SCIENCE DAILY The evolution of giant tortoise might not be linked to islands, as had been previously thought. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers present the most comprehensive family tree of extinct and extant tortoises... 3 hours
'Soil probiotics' promise bigger, healthier crops, but there's a downside
PHYS.ORG More than half the world's plant-derived energy intake comes from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize. These crops, like most land plants, live in an evolutionarily ancient... 5 hours
These kids and young adults want their day in court on climate change
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Humanity must rapidly decrease greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming, climate scientists have warned for decades. But America's... 6 hours
48-Million-Year-Old Fossil Owl Is Almost Perfectly Preserved
LIVE SCIENCE About 48 million years ago, an owl swooped down to catch its prey, not by the light of the moon but in broad daylight. 7 hours
Life cycle of sulphur predicts location of valuable minerals
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia and two Canadian universities has applied a first-of-its-kind technique that measures the long-term life cycle of sulphur, helping to explain... 8 hours
World's oldest intact shipwreck found in Black Sea
PHYS.ORG An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea, the world's oldest known shipwreck, researchers said on Tuesday. 8 hours
'Dinosaur country': fossil hunters' S. African paradise
PHYS.ORG The sun rises over the South African bush as scientists laden with backpacks climb a hillside. 13 hours
Dead Sea Scroll Fragments in Museum of the Bible Are Fake
LIVE SCIENCE These aren't ancient pieces of the biblical text but rather modern forgeries. 21 hours
Ancient enzymes the catalysts for new discoveries
SCIENCE DAILY New research recreating 450 million-year-old enzymes has resulted in a biochemical engineering 'hack' which could lead to new drugs, flavors, fragrances and biofuels. 1 day
Ancient enzymes the catalysts for new discoveries
PHYS.ORG University of Queensland-led research recreating 450 million-year-old enzymes has resulted in a biochemical engineering 'hack' which could lead to new drugs, flavours, fragrances and biofuels. 1 day
T. rex pulverized bones with an incredible amount of force
SCIENCE-NEWS Tyrannosaurus rex’s powerful bite and remarkably strong teeth helped the dinosaur crush bones. 1 day
Brazil recovers ancient human fossil fragments from burnt Rio museum
PHYS.ORG Brazilian officials said Friday they have recovered pieces of a 12,000-year-old fossil of a neolithic woman that was among the prized artifacts in Rio de Janeiro's burnt down... 4 days
Exquisitely Preserved Lungs from 120 Million Years Ago Stun Scientists Studying Early Bird
LIVE SCIENCE Ancient organs rarely fossilize, so paleontologists were stunned to find the incredibly well-preserved remains of a lung that belonged to bird from... 4 days
Skull of ancient human found in burned Brazilian museum
REUTERS The skull of Luzia, the oldest known human fossil in the Americas, was found by researchers combing through... 4 days
Piranha-like specimen, 150 million years old, is earliest known flesh-eating fish
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In a first, scientists spot what may be lungs in an ancient bird fossil
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Taxes and caps on carbon work differently but calibrating them poses the same challenge
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Jurassic Flesh-Eating Fish Had Piranha-Like Teeth
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New data tool can help scientists use limited funds to protect the greatest number of endangered species
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From Egg to Grave: Clues Reveal How Baby Pterosaurs Grew Up
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Dinosaur-Era Super-Piranha Terrorized Jurassic Seas
LIVE SCIENCE The little sea monster used its mouth full of scissor teeth to rip flesh from other fish. 5 days
In toothy prequel, piranha-like fish menaced Jurassic seas
REUTERS You can call it a prehistoric prequel. 5 days
150-million-year old, piranha-like specimen is earliest known flesh-eating fish
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have described a remarkable new species of fish that lived in the sea about 150 million years ago in the time of the dinosaurs. The new species of bony... 5 days
The opium poppy genome and morphinan production
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New tool helps align investment with objectives in biodiversity conservation
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Smallest life forms have smallest working CRISPR system
PHYS.ORG An ancient group of microbes that contains some of the smallest life forms on Earth also has the smallest CRISPR gene-editing machinery discovered to date. 5 days
How ancient whales lost their teeth—and turned into the world’s biggest living filters
Science Magazine Rare fossil suggests toothless whale ancestors sucked up their food before evolving baleen 5 days
Piranhalike teeth and torn fins reveal ancient fish fight
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Meet Hyperion: Colossal Supercluster in the Early Universe
SPACE.COM Scientists recently uncovered the largest known structure from the ancient universe. 5 days
How huge floods and complex infrastructure could have triggered ancient Angkor's demise
PHYS.ORG A series of floods that hit the ancient city of Angkor would have overwhelmed and destroyed its vast water network, according to a new... 5 days
8,000-Year-Old Ceramic Vessels from Çatalhöyük Reveal Hidden Cuisine of Early Farmers
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Hail the Lizard King. T. Rex's Puny Arms Were Useful After All.
LIVE SCIENCE The ferocious dinosaur wants people to stop mocking its tiny arms. 5 days
Scientists spot six near-extinct vaquita porpoises (Update)
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Ancient Andean genomes show distinct adaptations to farming and altitude
SCIENCE DAILY Ancient populations in the Andes of Peru adapted to their high-altitude environment and the introduction of agriculture in ways distinct from other global populations that faced similar circumstances. 6 days
Ancient Andean genomes show distinct adaptations to farming and altitude
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A curious branch of plankton evolution
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Scientists Find New Biomarker Evidence for Neoproterozoic Animals
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WATCH: Is this the ultimate cure for hiccups? Dr. Ian Smith breaks down old-school remedies
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Ancient Sea Monsters Swallowed a Lot of Salty Water. This Is How They Got Rid of It.
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Geologists Question 'Evidence Of Ancient Life' in 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Rocks
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These ancient mounds may not be the earliest fossils on Earth after all
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Evidence of dogs accompanying humans to Europe during Neolithic
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers from across Europe and Israel has found evidence of dogs traveling with people from the Near East to Europe during the Neolithic. In their paper published... 6 days
A curious branch of plankton evolution
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Extinction is forever—and ecosystem recovery takes a really, really long time
PHYS.ORG Researchers from the University of Leeds studying fossil data surrounding the Permo-Triassic (P-Tr) extinction of 252 million years (Ma) ago found that a marine ecosystem, in... 6 days
An ancient child’s ‘vampire burial’ included steps to prevent resurrection
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New Fossils of Ground Sloth-Like Dinosaur Could Help Reveal Why Sauropods Got So Big
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NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea
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How geology tells the story of evolutionary bottlenecks and life on Earth
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Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis
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Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis
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Parasites from medieval latrines unlock secrets of human history
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Sponges on ancient ocean floors 100 million years before Cambrian period
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have found the oldest clue yet of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the famous Cambrian explosion of animal fossils. 1 week
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Oldest evidence for animals found
PHYS.ORG Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have found the oldest clue yet of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the famous Cambrian explosion of animal fossils. 1 week
The untapped power of fuel cells
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Photos: Ancient Tomb of 'Grand Lady' Discovered in China
LIVE SCIENCE Archaeologists in China have uncovered the tomb of a 900-year-old "Grand Lady," along with various artifacts, such as the remains of a model house. 1 week
Child 'Vampire' Was Buried 1,550 Years Ago in Italy
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Molecular mechanisms of ancient herbal remedies
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Molecular mechanisms behind therapeutic action of ancient herbal medicine discovered
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NASA's next Mars rover could explore former mineral springs and a fossil river delta
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Decoupled taxonomic and ecological recoveries from the Permo-Triassic extinction
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Newly described fossils could help reveal why some dinos got so big
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Researchers discover molecular mechanisms of ancient herbal remedies
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