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Ancient shrimp-like animals had ‘modern’ hearts and blood vessels

An international team of researchers from the University of Arizona, China and the United Kingdom has discovered the earliest known cardiovascular system, and the...

New fins evolve repeatedly in teleost fishes

Though present in more than 6,000 living species of fish, the adipose fin, a small appendage that lies between the dorsal fin and tail,...

Discovery sheds new light on habitat of early apes

Researchers say definitive evidence has been found of the environment inhabited by the early ape Proconsul on Rusinga Island, Kenya. The findings provide new...

Scientists reveal why life got big in the Earth’s early oceans

Why did life forms first begin to get larger and what advantage did this increase in size provide? UCLA biologists working with an international...

Fossil pigments reveal the colors of ancient sea monsters

Unique finds of original pigment in fossilised skin from three multi-million-year old marine reptiles attract considerable attention from the scientific community. The pigment reveals...

Researchers use CT, 3D printers to recreate fossils

Data from computed tomography (CT) scans can be used with three-dimensional (3-D) printers to make accurate copies of fossilized bones, according to new research...

Dinosaur wind tunnel shines light on bird flight

A study into the aerodynamic performance of feathered dinosaurs, by scientists from the University of Southampton, has provided new insight into the evolution of...

Rare cranium fossil of ape Lufengpithecus found in China

A team of researchers has discovered the cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China. The juvenile cranium...

Terror bird’s beak was worse than its bite

It's a fiercely debated question amongst palaeontologists: was the giant 'terror bird', which lived in Europe between 55 to 40 million years ago, really...

Looking to the past to predict the future of climate change

Climate changes how species interact with one another—and not just today. Scientists are studying trends from fossil records to understand how climate change impacted...

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