paleontology

New genus and species of flower discovered from the mid-Cretaceous period

New genus and species of flower discovered from the mid-Cretaceous period

Researchers from Oregon State University discovered a new genus and species of flower that hails from the mid-Cretaceous period. The flower is a male specimen that was frozen in time by Burmese Amber. Researcher George Poinar Jr. says that the flower was part of a forest that existed 100 million years ago.

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A 57,000-year-old wolf pup discovered while gold-mining still has fur

A 57,000-year-old wolf pup discovered while gold-mining still has fur

A gold miner working in the Yukon discovered something amazing. The miner found a wolf pup that has been estimated at 57,000 years old that still has its fur. Researchers estimate the wolf pup lived for six or seven weeks in an underground den before the den collapsed around her. The only reason the ancient wolf pup is so well preserved is that the den collapsed surrounding her in frigid permafrost.

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Baby t-rex bones are first of their kind and kinda cute

Baby t-rex bones are first of their kind and kinda cute

A study published this week showed a pair of tyrannosaurus rex fossils that are the sort that've never been found before. At least, not by modern humans that had any idea what they were looking at. Such is the way of things, when it comes to objects millions of years old: Sometimes you just don't know what you've got, because how on earth could you?

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Researchers successfully extract DNA from insects trapped in resin

Researchers successfully extract DNA from insects trapped in resin

A study published this week showed how DNA could be extracted from bugs trapped in resin. If that sounds familiar, you've likely seen the film Jurassic Park. Before now, the business "Mr. DNA" speaks about in the film (and the original novel) wasn't technically possible. Early attempts at replicating the whole "extracting DNA from a million-year-old mosquito" process failed - so why did this more recent DNA extraction from bugs in resin succeed?

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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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