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Tiny ear bones help archaeologists piece together the past

Building on Dr Beaumont's previous research using teeth, the team identified that a person's ossicles can provide a correlation between diet and physiology.

21 Aug 2019 Annals of Human Biology

Rise of dinosaurs linked to increasing oxygen levels

A new technique for measuring oxygen levels in ancient rocks shows that oxygen levels in North American rocks leapt by nearly a third in just a couple of million years, possibly setting the scene for a dinosaur expansion into the tropics of North America and elsewhere.

20 Aug 2019 Goldschmidt2019

Biomolecular analyses of Roopkund skeletons show Mediterranean migrants in Indian Himalaya

The lake was thought to be the site of an ancient catastrophic event that left several hundred people dead, but the first ancient whole genome data from India shows that diverse groups of people died at the lake in multiple events around 1000 years apart.

20 Aug 2019 Nature Communications

Ancient feces reveal how ‘marsh diet’ left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites

New research published today in the journal Parasitology shows how the prehistoric inhabitants of a settlement in the freshwater marshes of eastern England were infected by intestinal worms caught from foraging for food in the lakes and waterways around their homes.

15 Aug 2019 Parasitology

The composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers

By comparing the fossilized eyes with optic tissues from living crane-flies, the researchers were able to look closer at how the fossilization process has affected the conservation of compound eyes across geological time.

14 Aug 2019 Nature

In the shadow of the dinosaurs

A new sphenodontian from Brazil is the oldest record of the group in Gondwana.

14 Aug 2019 Scientific Reports

Why humans in Africa fled to the mountains during the last ice age

There they had enough water, built tools out of obsidian and relied mainly on giant rodents for nourishment.

8 Aug 2019 Science

Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia

The fossil forest, which is larger than Grand Central Station, is the earliest example of a forest in Asia.

8 Aug 2019 Current Biology

Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems

Fungi, which include mushrooms, molds, and yeasts, aren't plants - they're their own separate kind of organism, more closely related to animals than anything green. But almost all land plants have tiny fungi living inside their roots.

8 Aug 2019 Mycologia

Permian lizard-like animal suffered from a bone condition similar to Paget’s disease

Susceptibility to this type of disease may extend back to the Early Permian.

7 Aug 2019 PLOS ONE

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