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3.3-million-year-old fossil shows us how the spine evolved

Thanks to the discovery of an astonishingly complete fossil of an ancient toddler in Ethiopia, a team of researchers has now discovered that key elements of the human spinal structure already were in place 3.3 million years ago – far…

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Fossils show first human ancestor came from Europe, not Africa

Newly discovered pre-human remains dated to more than seven million years ago could change common assumptions about the origins of humanity, suggesting that people may have diverged from great apes hundreds of thousands of years earlier than experts had previously…

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Climate change causing US trees to ‘migrate’

It’s a well-known fact that many species of birds fly south for the winter and return north once spring arrives, but migrating trees? That’s a new one, and the authors of a new study published this week in the journal…

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T. rex could destroy bones with an 8,000 pound bite

The Tyrannosaurus rex possessed the most powerful bite ever recorded, chomping down with nearly 8,000 pounds of force, according to a new computer model based on high-resolution CT scans of fossilized skulls and detailed in the latest issue of the…

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Mars might have formed in the asteroid belt, study finds

While they are relatively close to each other, astronomically speaking, Earth and Mars are quite different in terms of chemical composition – a fact which a new study claims could be explained if the Red Planet had originally formed in…

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Minnesota measles outbreak blamed on anti-vaxxers

A recent measles outbreak that has caused dozens of Somali-Americans living in Minnesota to contract the highly contagious virus has been traced to an anti-vaccination campaign linking the potentially life-saving immunizations to autism, state health officials said on Monday. According…

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(Video) Scientists crack mystery of how Narwhals use their tusks

Narwhals are superb creatures - they have a great name and a striking appearance, largely due to the long and imposing tusks protruding from their heads. But as remarkable as these whales' tusks look, it has until recently been unknown…

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New fossil sheds light on origin of filter-feeding in whales

A newly-discovered fossil is helping close a significant gap in the evolutionary history of the baleen whales by revealing how the ancestors of modern-day filter feeders with the humpback and blue whale began to diverge from toothed creatures like the…

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Dinosaur fossil is so well-preserved it looks like a statue

The remains of an 18-foot long, 3,000-pound, 110-million-year old dinosaur heralded as the most well-preserved fossil of its kind ever discovered, is now being displayed as part of an exhibit that opened earlier this month at the Royal Tyrrell Museum…

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Myth busted: Humans actually have a great sense of smell

Humans have long been told that our sense of smell is far inferior to our other senses and that our ability to detect odors and fragrances is light-years behind that of animals such as dogs and rats, but research published…