paleontology

Researchers found the oldest piece of string

Researchers found the oldest piece of string

A group of researchers found the world's oldest piece of string ever strung by a humanoid. This very, very old piece of string was found in a cave in France and described in the journal Scientific Reports. The string was likely constructed and used by Neanderthals at least 41-thousand years ago. This is a very significant piece of old string.

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This 550m-year-old jelly bean-like creature is ancestor to all humans

This 550m-year-old jelly bean-like creature is ancestor to all humans

A new bit of research published by the National Academy of Sciences showed evidence of one of the first creatures on this planet with a mouth and a butt. More specifically, this fossil called Ikaria wariootia, is one of the oldest known bilaterians. A bilaterian is an animal with two openings and a trough-gut.

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Meet Wonderchicken, a paleontology marvel. No, seriously

Meet Wonderchicken, a paleontology marvel. No, seriously

Paleontologists have stumbled across the oldest fossil of a modern bird identified to-date, and while the name they've given it might be silly, the implications for this "Wonderchicken" are incredibly serious. Spotted in a limestone quarry in Europe, the skull could help fill in gaps about how certain species survived the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs.

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Cave ceiling dinosaur footprints cold case solved, decades later

Cave ceiling dinosaur footprints cold case solved, decades later

New clues were recently uncovered in a decades-old cold case surrounding a set of dinosaur prints in the ceiling of a cave. The prints belonged to what was previously believe to be a four-footed carnivore. This was an astounding discovery at the time - there was just one issue: No other evidence of this creature appeared in several decades after the discovery of these prints in the 1950s. New clues revealed the reason why no other evidence of the existence of these creatures ever appeared...

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Researchers show parenting is 40 million years older than previously thought

Researchers show parenting is 40 million years older than previously thought

The creature called Dendromaia was discovered with a younger Dendromaia wrapped around it in fossil form. The fossil pair were dated to approximately 300-MILLION-years-old, making this the new eldest-known example of "parental care" in an animal on our planet Earth. Per research on this find, this puts parental care in animals approximately 40 million years BEFORE the otherwise eldest proof of this characteristic. This is now the eldest-known caring parent ever found.

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New dinosaur skull discovery may change 200 years of assumptions

New dinosaur skull discovery may change 200 years of assumptions

If we look to the 1819 discovery of dinosaur fossils by William Buckland, we've got almost exactly 200 years of modern dinosaur bone hunting by humans. In that time, many assumptions have been made - as is necessary when it comes to putting together pieces of puzzles that are millions of years old, and long since dead. Remember today, because today may be the first day in a new major wave of change in this field.

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LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

There's a new LEGO Ideas set heading to stores that'll cost around $60 that's all about dinosaur bones. This set is called Dinosaur Fossils, and it's been a long time coming. LEGO Fans have been creating masterpieces like these for decades, but this is the first time LEGO's really dropped in and made a full set dedicated to the art of making bricks look like bones.

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