Topic: Fossil

CT Scan and 3-D Print Help Scientists Reconstruct an Ancient Mollusk

Sept. 19, 2012

Using a combination of traditional and innovative model-building techniques, scientists in the U.S. and a specialist in Denmark have created a lifelike reconstruction of an ancient mollusk, offering a vivid portrait of a creature that lived about 390 million years ago, and answering questions about its place in the tree of life, as described in the Sept. 18 edition of the journal Palaeontology.

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Mammals First Evolved Big Brains for Better Sense of Smell

May 19, 2011

Mammals first evolved their characteristic large brains to enable a stronger sense of smell, according to a new study published this week in the journal Science by paleontologists from The University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

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Anthropologist Discovers New Fossil Primate Species in West Texas

May 16, 2011

Physical anthropologist Chris Kirk has announced the discovery of a previously unknown species of fossil primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, in the Devil's Graveyard badlands of West Texas.

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New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

Oct. 5, 2010

A new species of dinosaur discovered in Arizona suggests dinosaurs did not spread throughout the world by overpowering other species, but by taking advantage of a natural catastrophe that wiped out their competitors.

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Anthropology professor talks about famous fossil, Lucy 2.0

Feb. 11, 2009
Anthropology professor talks about famous fossil, Lucy 2.0

Lucy, the world's most famous fossil human ancestor, has gone digital in 3-D. A new high-resolution CT scan of the 3.2 million-year-old skeleton will provide scientists around the globe with information that may help settle debates about human evolution.

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