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430 million-year-old fossil named in honor of Sir David Attenborough

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New techniques boost understanding of how fish fins became fingers

How early mammals evolved night vision to avoid predators

Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ may have died out sooner than thought

Ancient chimpanzee ‘Adam’ lived over one million years ago, research reveals

Redefining part of 300 year-old classification system for grouping members of the animal kingdom

Well-preserved skeleton reveals the ecology and evolution of early carnivorous mammals

Prior to the rise of modern day mammalian carnivores (lions and tigers and bears, as well as weasels, raccoons, wolves and other members of the order Carnivora), North America was dominated by a now extinct group of mammalian carnivores — the hyaenodontids. While fossils of hyaenodontids are relatively common from the early Eocene (between 50 … Continue reading

Dinosaur relatives and first dinosaurs more closely connected than previously thought

A new study by a team of scientists from Argentina, Brazil, California and the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah has determined that the time elapsed between the emergence of early dinosaur relatives and the origin of the first dinosaurs is much shorter than previously believed. The discovery not only places … Continue reading

Animal evolution: Sponges really are oldest animal phylum

Who came first — sponges or comb jellies? A new study by an team of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich reaffirms that sponges are the oldest animal phylum — and restores the classical view of early animal evolution, which recent molecular analyses had challenged. The answer to the question of whether the sponges or the comb … Continue reading

Bonobos documented for first time using ancient pre-agricultural tools, breaking bones, and using spears as attack weapons

For the first time, a scientific study has observed bonobos (an analogous race to chimpanzees) making sophisticated use of ancient pre-agricultural tools in a manner similar to that which has hitherto been considered the prerogative of archaic pre-human hominins and other members of the Homo genus. Among other findings, a bonobo was observed for the … Continue reading

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