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  • Ohio University paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, a member of the large-bodied sauropods that thrived during the final period of the dinosaur age, in Tanzania.
    Fourth African titanosaur discovered in Tanzania
    Eric Gorscak, a doctoral student in biological sciences at Ohio University, and a team of professional excavators and coal miners have unearthed a new titanosaurian in the Rukwa Rift Basin of southwestern Tanzania. This dinosaur is only the fourth...
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    Newly found Patagonian dinosaur is a contender for largest ever
    A new dinosaur belonging to a group of large plant eaters known as titanosaurs is the most complete giant dinosaur fossil ever unearthed. The Patagonia dinosaur is the only titanosaur ever found that has all the bones necessary to make an accurate...
  • This is the skeleton of Dimetrodon, an ancient relative of mammals. New research suggests that at least some species of Dimetrodon were active at night (nocturnal).
    Evidence discovered for nocturnal behavior in synapsids
    Previously, the fossil record indicates that nocturnal behavior began with mammals. The reasoning is that the coordination of neural input necessary for nocturnal activity required a large brain. Kenneth Angielczyk, a curator at The Field Museum,...
  • Neanderthal rock engraving from Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar.
    First known Neanderthal cave carving found in Gibraltar cave
    Neanderthals left a purposefully carved symbol in Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar. The purpose and meaning of the symbol are not known and may never be known. The discovery of the first known cave drawing created by Neanderthals was the work of...
  • Anza-Borrego Desert Wash
    Books for nature lovers: Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert
    Imagine a warm, almost tropical seashore with walruses and seals. Or, a warm, humid forest with a river running through it that empties into a lake. Palm trees and tropical plants all around. A plover like a killdeer run along the river banks and...
  • Edmontosaurus
    Stolen dinosaur recovered, suspects arrested
    God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs, God creates man, man steals dinosaur. A baby dinosaur replica that had been stolen was recovered yesterday, with two suspects arrested by police. The dinosaur, an Edmontosaurus, was stolen on Monday...
  • Nothosaurus sp., a Nothosaur from the Triassic of Europe, North Africa and Russia, pencil drawing.
    First direct evidence of nothosaur locomotion discovered in China
    Nothosaurs ruled the world’s oceans for 186 million years. Many theories of locomotion for nothosaurs have been proposed but no direct evidence of the method of locomotion has been discovered until now. Professor Qiyue Zhang from Chengdu...
  • University of Utah biologist David Carrier and Michael H. Morgan, a University of Utah physician, contend that human faces - especially those of our australopith ancestors -evolved to minimize injury from punches to the face during fights between males.
    Biologists show that human faces were adapted by fighting
    The evolution and adaptation of the human face are the result of adaptations that make the human face more resilient to being hit by another human’s fist. This record of adaptation includes the earliest of human ancestors. University of Utah...
  • Three types of fossil microbes in the Archaean
    Oldest fossil on Earth shown to have inorganic origin
    An analysis of old core samples and new core samples from the supposed most ancient biological life found on Earth have proven to be the results of volcanic activity. Eugene G. Grosch and Nicola McLoughlin with the Department of Earth Science and...
  • This is an artist's impression of Bitesantennary Site 17 million years ago. The cave was in the middle of a biologically diverse rainforest in an area that is now part of the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland, Australia.
    Oldest sperm ever known found in Australia
    The oldest sperm cells that have ever been found in the geological record were reported by Professor Mike Archer of the University of New South Wales School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and colleagues in the May 13, 2014,...
  • Chicxulub impact crater.
    Global cooling following the Chicxulub asteroid impact proven
    The Chicxulub asteroid is commonly thought of as the dinosaur killer. New research conducted by Johan Vellekoop from Utrecht University and colleagues from VU University Amsterdam, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research has proven...
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    Hail Mary Leakey
    Mary Leakey (1913–1996) was a British paleoanthropologist who discovered the first fossilized Proconsul skull, an extinct primate now believed to be ancestral to humans. She also discovered the robust Zinjanthropus (Paranthropus boisei)...
  • 'Dino hunters' hit paydirt in southern Utah
    'Dino hunters' hit paydirt in southern Utah
    Standing in a desert in southern Utah with little vegetation visible for miles, it’s hard to imagine the area under your feet as swampland.More surprising yet is that most of the fossil animal and plant species discovered in this area --...
  • Skeleton Sk244-8 in its original burial position in the western chamber of G244.
    Oldest known example of bone cancer in man found in the Sudan
    The oldest known example of bone cancer in a human being was reported by Michaela Binder from Durham University in the United Kingdom and colleagues from the British Museum in London in the March 17, 2014, edition of the journal Public Library of...
  • Homo antecessor, incomplete skull from Gran Dolina, in Atapuerca, Spain.
    Oldest hominid species in Europe gets 120,000 years older
    The oldest known hominid species ever discovered in Europe, Homo antecessor, has been determined to be 900,000 years old by Josep M. Parés from the Spanish National Research Centre for Human Evolution and colleagues according to a report in the...