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
NZ big bird a whopping ‘squawkzilla’
Meet 'Hercules' - the giant parrot that dwarfs its modern cousins.
6 Aug 2019 ⋅ Biology Letters
Maya violent warfare occurred earlier than thought
The authors suggest that these findings challenge theories that extreme violent warfare was limited to the Terminal Classic Period and that it developed as a result of environmental stress and increased competition for limited resources.
5 Aug 2019 ⋅ Nature Human Behaviour
Intense look at La Brea Tar Pits explains why we have coyotes, not saber-toothed cats
The most detailed study to date of ancient predators trapped in the La Brea Tar Pits is helping Americans understand why today we’re dealing with coyotes dumping over garbage cans and not saber-toothed cats ripping our arms off.
5 Aug 2019 ⋅ Current Biology
Newly discovered Labrador fossils give clues about ancient climate
Study provides an updated quantitative estimate of eastern Canada's climate
2 Aug 2019 ⋅ Palaeontology