Topic: Paleontology

Mammal Forerunner Sheds Light on Brain Evolution

Aug. 29, 2018
Multiple kayentatherium skeletons

A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative — and her 38 babies — is among the best evidence that a key development in the evolution of mammals was trading brood power for brain power.

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T. Rex Couldn’t Stick Out Its Tongue

June 20, 2018
incorrect dino tongue

Dinosaurs couldn’t stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators.

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Dinosaur May Have Dazzled Mates with Rainbow Ruff

Jan. 15, 2018
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A newly discovered, bird-like dinosaur fossil from China used a shaggy ruff of rainbow feathers to attract mates. 

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Recovery after “Great Dying” Was Slowed by More Extinctions

March 15, 2017
fossilized snail shells

Researchers studying marine fossil beds have found that the world’s worst mass extinction was followed by two other extinction events, a conclusion that could explain why it took ecosystems millions of years to recover.

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Oldest Known Squawk Box Reveals Dinosaurs Likely Didn’t Sing

Oct. 12, 2016
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The oldest known vocal organ of a bird has been found in an Antarctic fossil of a relative of ducks and geese that lived during the age of dinosaurs. The find advances research on sounds dinosaur may, and may not, have made.

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