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Conifer seed fossils caught learning helicopter flight

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 in Evolution, Journalism

We think of plants as spending their lives rooted to the ground, yet they were actually one of the earliest life forms to develop wings. Seeds with pairs of wings, allowing them to glide, date back at least 370 million years. Image: Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

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Human ‘missing link’ fossils may be jumble of species

Posted on 9 Apr 2014 in Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

One of our closest long-lost relatives may never have existed. The fossils of Australopithecus sediba, which promised to rewrite the story of human evolution, may actually be the remains of two species jumbled together. Image: Lee Berger

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Fish fossil suggests our skeleton evolved face first

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 in Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

Did our distant ancestors emerge face-first into the world? A new fossil belongs to the earliest known fish to possess important facial bones seen in most modern reptiles and mammals today. Its other bones are much more primitive. Image: Brian Choo

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Our earliest primate cousin discovered in Asia

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 in Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Life, Palaeontology

Our distant ancestors evolved not in Africa but Asia, in a hothouse world newly free of dinosaurs. A fossil unveiled this week might give us an idea of what this crucial ancestor looked like. It is the earliest primate skeleton ever found. Image: Paul Tafforeau and Xijun Ni

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Baby dinos pumped their muscles inside the egg

Posted on 10 Apr 2013 in Dinosaurs, Evolution, Journalism, Palaeontology

Jurassic life was fast and furious even before dinosaurs made it out of the egg. A rare clutch of fossil dinosaur embryos suggests they grew at record rates and flexed their muscles in preparation for life on the outside. Image: Lebatihem

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