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Two-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Reveal Strange and Puzzling Forms

To a human, two billion years is an unfathomable interval. But that, a team of European, Gabonese, and American scientists now say, is how long ago a recently discovered hoard of fossils suggests Earth’s first big life evolved — large enough to see with the naked eye, and in a spectrum of forms that tease [...]..

January 29, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer

`Proto-Ichthyosaur' Sheds Light on Fish-Lizard Beginnings

Regular readers will know that I have a major interest in ichthyosaurs, the so-called fish-lizards of the Mesozoic (see links below). As you'll know if you keep your finger on the pulse of Mesozoic reptile news, last week saw the publication of a really interesting new animal from the Lower Triassic: the Chinese `proto-ichthyosaur' Cartorhynchus [...]..

November 12, 2014 — Darren Naish
The Hobbit: 10 Years Later

The Hobbit: 10 Years Later

In October 2004 paleontologists announced a new human species called Homo floresiensis . Ever since then debate has raged on whether it truly is a new species or merely a diseased Homo sapiens...

October 23, 2014
45,000-Year-Old Man's Genome Sequenced

45,000-Year-Old Man's Genome Sequenced

An analysis of the oldest known DNA from a human reveals a mysterious group that roamed northern Asia

October 23, 2014 — Ewen Callaway and Nature magazine
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