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The oldest mass migration known

Posted on 6 Sep 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism, Palaeontology

Is this a real example of the blind leading the blind? A group of geologists think they have found evidence that eyeless “woodlice”, known as trilobites, marched across the ocean floor in prehistoric conga lines. Image: Katrina Koger

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Beautifully preserved feathers belonged to tiny flying dinosaurs

Posted on 28 Jun 2016 in Dinosaurs, Journalism, Palaeontology

Around 99 million years ago, these tiny dinosaurs had a sticky encounter. Today, their feathered wings look almost exactly as they did when they became stuck in resin. Image: Lida Xing China University of Geosciences, Beijin/ Ryan McKellar Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Canada

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How humanity first killed the dodo, then lost it as well

Posted on 9 Apr 2016 in Archaeology, Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

Many people think they know what happened to the dodo – but the popular story of its extinction is actually littered with errors. It’s symptomatic of the shameful way the iconic bird has been treated since its extinction. Arguably, we have lost the dodo twice more since then. Image: L. Claessens

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Dinosaurs were discovered by British scientists

Posted on 15 Jun 2015 in Dinosaurs, Earth Science, Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

Britain was where the first fossil dinosaur fragments were studied by scientists; where the first essentially complete dinosaur skeleton was unearthed; where the very word “dinosaur” was born about 170 years ago; and where the name almost died just a few decades later. Image: I like

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Oldest broken bone reveals our ancestors’ switch to life on land

Posted on 20 May 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Earth Science, Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

It was one small fall for a tetrapod, but it signals one giant leap for tetrapod kind. A broken leg bone pushes back the emergence of our four-legged ancestors from water on to land by at least 2 million years. Image: 2015 Bishop et al.

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Adapt first, mutate later: Is evolution out of order?

Posted on 14 Jan 2015 in Evolution, Journalism, Life, Palaeontology

A growing number of biologists think developmental plasticity may play a key role in evolution. Instead of mutating first and adapting later, they argue, animals often adapt first and mutate later. Image: BioDivLibrary

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