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Perplexing Fossils and Peculiar Forms: Mapping the Tully Monster onto the Tree of Life

Perplexing Fossils and Peculiar Forms: Mapping the Tully Monster onto the Tree of Life

🕔20:33, 17.Jan 2017

Researchers from Yale University and other institutions, headed by Dr. Victoria McCoy, have unearthed the origins of the Tully Monster, a Carboniferous creature with highly unusual morphology.

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Lucy [Falling Through] the Sky with Diamonds: Compressive fractures suggest cause of early hominin’s death

Lucy [Falling Through] the Sky with Diamonds: Compressive fractures suggest cause of early hominin’s death

🕔03:20, 24.Oct 2016

One of the oldest cold cases in history is the death of Lucy, the 3.2-million-year-old hominin. John Kappelman, who completed his undergraduate training at Yale, did some detective work on Lucy’s skeleton; an analysis of her bone fractures revealed that she may have died from falling out of a tree.

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A Real-life “Jurassic World”:  Recreating Historic Evolutionary Transitions in the Laboratory

A Real-life “Jurassic World”: Recreating Historic Evolutionary Transitions in the Laboratory

🕔02:42, 24.Oct 2016

Rather than speculate on how organisms evolved certain adaptations, scientists are attempting to recreate some of these historic transitions—such as the development of fins into feet—in the lab.

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TV Review: Raising the Dinosaur Giant

TV Review: Raising the Dinosaur Giant

🕔17:59, 17.Aug 2016

Just a few seconds into Raising the Dinosaur Giant, David Attenborough’s voice fills the room and begins to set the scene for a spellbinding documentary. Attenborough, known for narrating The Blue Planet, speaks with a passion that is infectious and

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Ancient Flowering Plants ‘Hibernated’ Through Trouble

Ancient Flowering Plants ‘Hibernated’ Through Trouble

🕔22:45, 3.Mar 2016

New fossil evidence of ancient angiosperms explains how tiny embryos facilitated seed dormancy, allowing these plants to survive in harsh climates.

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Masters of Light: The Science Behind Nature’s Brightest Colors

Masters of Light: The Science Behind Nature’s Brightest Colors

🕔12:32, 30.Dec 2014

Many of nature’s most brilliant colors arise not from pigments, but from curious tricks of light. From the brilliant blue of a morpho butterfly to a beetle’s iridescent emerald, structural colors continue to mystify physicists and biologists. A recently unearthed beetle fossil sheds light on the evolution of these spectacular colors.

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Deep in the Lungs of the Earth: Exploring the Effect of Vegetation on Atmosphere and Climate

Deep in the Lungs of the Earth: Exploring the Effect of Vegetation on Atmosphere and Climate

🕔12:31, 30.Dec 2014

Using advanced computer modeling and three million years worth of climate data, Dr. Nadine Unger has pioneered new research on the way vegetation affects climate change.

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Volcanoes Implicated in Murder of Dinosaurs: New Evidence Points to Volcanism as the Main Cause of Dinosaur Extinctions

Volcanoes Implicated in Murder of Dinosaurs: New Evidence Points to Volcanism as the Main Cause of Dinosaur Extinctions

🕔20:44, 19.Feb 2013

New analyses show that the Yucatan Peninsula meteor impact did not cause the demise of the dinosaurs. Rather, mega-volcanism occurring in India correlates with the decrease in species diversity and eventual mass extinctions of this time period.

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A Hard Case: Shucking the Mollusk Mystery

A Hard Case: Shucking the Mollusk Mystery

🕔19:43, 5.Feb 2013

A new fossil find clarifies the evolution of a group of mollusks and provides insights into mollusk evolution overall.

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Fate of Australian Megafauna Discovered through Prehistoric Dung

Fate of Australian Megafauna Discovered through Prehistoric Dung

🕔22:51, 21.Dec 2012

A new study of prehistoric environments has helped to clarify both the timeline and the consequences of an Australian extinction event.

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