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Fossil of Haootia quadriformis
2014-08-28 03:00:26

Sarah Collins, University of Cambridge A new fossil discovery identifies the earliest evidence for animals with muscles. An unusual new fossil discovery of one of the earliest animals on earth may also provide the oldest evidence of muscle tissue – the bundles of cells that make movement in animals possible. The fossil, dating from 560 million years ago, was discovered in Newfoundland, Canada. On the basis of its four-fold symmetry, morphological characteristics, and what appear to...

paleontological reconstruction of rangeomorph fronds
2014-08-13 04:00:43

University of Cambridge New three-dimensional reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals on Earth developed, and provide some answers as to why they went extinct. A bizarre group of uniquely shaped organisms known as rangeomorphs may have been some of the earliest animals to appear on Earth, uniquely suited to ocean conditions 575 million years ago. A new model devised by researchers at the University of Cambridge has resolved many of the mysteries around the structure,...

Lyrarapax unguispinus
2014-07-17 09:18:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Approximately 520 million years ago, during the Lower Cambrian, the world's oldest known predator lived beneath the ocean's surface. An international team of scientists has identified what they call "an exquisitely preserved" brain in the fossil of a group of animals known as anomalocaridids, or "abnormal shrimp." The researchers were surprised to find that the brain of this predator was less complex than those found in fossils of some...

The Shocking Story Of How Some Fish Evolved Electric Organs
2014-06-27 07:06:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By sequencing the genome of the electric eel for the first time, researchers have discovered how certain types of aquatic creatures were able to develop organs that allow them to produce electricity outside of their bodies. Publishing a paper in the latest edition of the journal Science, scientists from Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas-Austin and the Systemix Institute explain how...

2014-06-16 12:26:31

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joining the all-star line-up for the 34th annual broadcast of PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, are platinum recording artist and songwriter Phillip Phillips and the world-famous Muppets. Phillips will perform his hit single "Raging Fire" from his sophomore album Behind The Light that debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 upon its March release. And, as a special treat for the entire family, Kermit the...

2014-04-30 10:33:54

Sponges are usually considered to be the oldest living animals, having evolved before all other groups. The simplicity of their body structure and tissue organization has for many years made them candidates for the ancestral group of animals, and they have long been regarded as our best illustration of what the earliest animals would have looked like. This has been supported by genetic analyses, which suggest that sponges branched from other animals a very long time ago, deep in the...

Researchers Discover Four New Species Of 'Killer Sponges' From The Deep Sea
2014-04-15 11:33:24

MBARI [ Watch the Video: Four New Species Of Carnivorous Sponges Discovered ] Killer sponges sound like creatures from a B-grade horror movie. In fact, they thrive in the lightless depths of the deep sea. Scientists first discovered that some sponges are carnivorous about 20 years ago. Since then only seven carnivorous species have been found in all of the northeastern Pacific. A new paper authored by MBARI marine biologist Lonny Lundsten and two Canadian researchers describes four new...

2014-04-10 16:17:27

Stowers team develops novel assay to identify genes controlling pharynx regeneration in flatworms As multicellular creatures go, planaria worms are hardly glamorous. To say they appear rudimentary is more like it. These tiny aquatic flatworms that troll ponds and standing water resemble brown tubes equipped with just the basics: a pair of beady light-sensing "eyespots" on their head and a feeding tube called the pharynx (which doubles as the excretory tract) that protrudes from a belly sac...

artists reconstruction of Tamisiocaris borealis
2014-03-27 09:19:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several large marine animals have evolved from fearsome predators to become gentle giants that use filtering appendages to ingest food, and new research from a team of European researchers has revealed a similar evolution in a group of predators that roamed the oceans 520 million years ago during the Early Cambrian. According to the team’s report in the journal Nature, an early arthropod called Tamisiocaris borealis used large curly...

2014-03-25 23:03:00

Online resource center focuses on free science downloads and wildlife conservation education Salt Lake City (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 Smart Bomb Interactive announces the launch of Animal Jam Academy – a free online resource center for parents and teachers featuring educational materials and printable activities designed to appeal to girls interested in the sciences. Showcasing the wildly popular videos and educational content found in Animal Jam, Animal Jam Academy is geared towards...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'