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By gum! Scientists find new 110-million-year-old treasure

A remarkable new treasure has been found by scientists from the University of Portsmouth - the first fossil plant gum on record.

25 Feb 2020 Scientific Reports

USU herpetologist reports surprising evolutionary shift in snakes

Scientists document example of adaptation to compensate for absence of defensive compounds following change to new class of prey.

24 Feb 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Fish in the Sahara? Yes, in the early Holocene

Animal remains at the Takarkori rock shelter suggest human occupants shifted to a more mammal-heavy diet over time, as aridity of the region increased.

19 Feb 2020 PLOS ONE

Discovery at ‘flower burial’ site could unravel mystery of Neanderthal death rites

Researchers say the new find offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the "mortuary practices" of this lost species using the latest technologies.

18 Feb 2020 Antiquity

Biodiversity scientists pull together to document how life works before it’s too late

The Open Traits Network (OTN) is a major global assembly of biodiversity scientists from universities, museums, herbariums (plant equivalent of a museum) and government agencies.

17 Feb 2020 Nature Ecology & Evolution

Reconstructing the diet of fossil vertebrates

The ratio of special zinc isotopes in dental enamel provides information about the diet of mammals in prehistoric times.

17 Feb 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

‘Ghost’ of mysterious hominin found in West African genomes

Recovering signals of ghost archaic introgression in African populations.

12 Feb 2020 Science Advances

Extinct giant turtle had horned shell of up to three meters

The carapace of some Stupendemys individuals reached almost three meters, making it one of the largest, if not the largest turtle that ever existed.

12 Feb 2020 Science Advances

Hidden away: An enigmatic mammalian brain area revealed in reptiles

Scientists find, in reptiles, a brain area previously suspected to play a role in mammalian higher cognitive processes, and establish its role in controlling brain dynamics in sleep.

12 Feb 2020 Nature

Orb-weaver spiders’ yellow and black pattern helps them lure prey

The experiments demonstrated that the yellow colour alone was very effective at luring nocturnal insects.

11 Feb 2020 Functional Ecology

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