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Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung
While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung (coprolites) has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights for ongoing conservation efforts. phys.org/news/2018-02-middl...
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More light shines on Pleistocene extinction event with possible discovery of new genus of horse
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A group of North American Pleistocene horses was previously identified as different species. Now, mitochondrial and partial nuclear genomic studies support the idea that there is only one species, which belongs to a new genus. phys.org/news/2018-02-pleis...
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What ancient footprints can tell us about what it was like to be a child in prehistoric times
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Western society has a rather specific view of what a good childhood should be like; protecting, sheltering and legislating to ensure compliance with it. However, perceptions of childhood vary greatly with geography, culture and time. What was it like to be a child in prehistoric times, for example – in the absence of toys, tablets and television? phys.org/news/2018-02-ancie...
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'Walking' fish help scientists to understand how we left the ocean
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Our ancestors' transition out of the water and onto the land was a pivotal moment in evolution. No longer buoyed by water, early tetrapods (animals with four limbs) had to overcome gravity in order to move their bodies. Exactly how those early pioneers first evolved the fundamental capacity to walk has fascinated scientists for many years. phys.org/news/2018-02-fish-...
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Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia
At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, a CNRS archaeologist and colleagues from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have discovered camelid sculptures unlike any others in the region. They are thought to date back to the first centuries BC or AD. The find sheds new light on the evolution of rock art in the Arabian Peninsula and is the subject of an article published in Antiquity (February 2018). phys.org/news/2018-02-life-...
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How sharks and other animals evolved electroreception to find their prey
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Many creatures can use electric fields to communicate, sense predators or stun their prey with powerful electric shocks, but how this ability came about was a mystery. phys.org/news/2018-02-shark...
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Children aren't starting puberty younger, medieval skeletons reveal
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Children are entering puberty younger than before, according to recent studies, raising concerns that childhood obesity and hormone-contaminated water supplies may be to blame. However, our archaeological research suggests that there's nothing to worry about. Children in medieval England entered puberty between ten and 12 years of age – the same as today. phys.org/news/2018-02-child...
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Ancient trail of Columbian mammoths uncovered in south-central Oregon
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A fossilized trackway on public lands in Lake County, Oregon, may reveal clues about the ancient family dynamics of Columbian mammoths. phys.org/news/2018-02-ancie...
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Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets
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Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits are extremely rare. The fossil record is heavily biased towards the preservation of harder parts of organisms, such as shells, teeth and bones, as soft parts such as internal organs, eyes, or even completely soft organisms, like worms, tend to decay before they can be fossilised. Little is known about the... phys.org/news/2018-02-soft-...
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Clay tablets from the cradle of civilisation provide new insight to the history of medicine
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Before the Greeks excelled in science and philosophy, culture was blooming in Mesopotamia, located between the Euphrates River and the Tigris River in present day Iraq. phys.org/news/2018-02-clay-...