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Mammal Diversity Faltered When Flowering Plants Arrived
2013-10-02 16:02:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As mammals were trying to emerge from the shadows of dinosaurs 100 million years ago, there was a dramatic proliferation of flowering plant species. However, instead of early mammals benefiting from new food and shelter opportunities that would have been provided by the plants, they experienced a decline during the mid-Cretaceous. Using a morphological analysis, two researchers were able to provide these new insights about mammalian...

New Fossil Proto-Mammal Found
2013-08-08 10:01:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly discovered skeleton has evolutionary biologists adding new details to the story of mammalian evolution. The fossilized skeleton belongs to a proto-mammal that lived 165 million years ago in northeast China and had hair well before the emergence of true mammals, according to a report of the find that appeared in the journal Nature. For years, paleontologists' only evidence of the species was a few fossilized...

2013-05-28 23:20:24

Crazy for Milk, Kathryn Michaels´ book unveils the unspoken story of a wife confronted with breastfeeding, a new baby and motherhood. (PRWEB) May 28, 2013 Author Kathryn Michaels reveals the confessions of a new mother obsessed with lactation, as she struggles to maintain the perfect balance between the needs of her newborn, her husband and herself in “Crazy for Milk”. It is the memoir of a millennium mom who has to juggle her career ambitions, her duties as a wife and her...

2013-01-18 11:10:28

New fossil reveals history of last-living marine mammals to eat only aquatic plants A new fossil discovered in Tunisia represents the oldest known ancestor of modern-day sea cows, supporting the African origins of these marine mammals. The find is described in research published January 16 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Julien Benoit and colleagues from the University of Science and Technology in Montpellier, France. Some fossils of sea cow ancestors have been found in Jamaica,...

Paleontological Enigma Solved Thanks To Scrappy Grave Digger
2012-11-20 12:39:41

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s a popular cartoon geared towards adults which tells the story of a hapless young man who accidentally stumbles into a cryogenic capsule just moments before the turn of the century. The capsule just so happens to be set for 1,000 years, long enough for a couple of alien and robot uprisings and for the entire world our character knew to be virtually wiped away. The rest of the show is centered on how this 20th century...

Saber-toothed Fossil Sheds New Light On Ancient Mammals
2011-11-03 06:58:59

A remarkable 94-million-year-old fossil found in South America is shedding new light on the ancient history of mammals. The specimen, dubbed Cronopio dentiacutus, is one of the very few mammal fossils to come out of South America from the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.    The mouse-sized creature had a long snout, dagger-like canines and a powerful set of muscles it used to chew its insect food. The mammal is a dryolestoid, an extinct group of animals distantly...

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2011-08-25 11:05:58

  A well-preserved fossil discovered in China provides new evidence that the split between placental mammals and marsupials may have occurred 35 million years earlier than previously believed, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The scientists, led by Carnegie Museum of Natural History paleontologist Zhe-Xi Luo, said the discovery fills an important gap in the fossil record, and helps to calibrate modern, DNA-based methods of dating evolution. The...

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2011-05-19 14:40:00

Paleontologists have discovered that an improved sense of smell jumpstarted brain evolution in the ancestral cousins of present-day mammals.  The findings help explain why mammals evolved such large and complex brains, which in some cases ballooned 10 times larger than relative body size.  The researchers constructed fossils of two Early Jurassic Period mammals to provide evidence that the mammalian brain evolved in three major stages.  First by improvements in sense of smell...

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2011-04-20 07:30:17

Mediterranean landscapes have undergone great change in recent decades, but species have adapted to this, at least in the case of roe deer, Spanish ibex, red deer and wild boar. This has been shown by Spanish researchers who have analyzed the effects of changes in land use on the past, present and future distribution of these species. "In the last few decades there has been an increase in the area of distribution of wild ungulates", explains Pelayo Acevedo, lead author of the study and...

2010-11-17 13:30:32

The nine-month pregnancy in humans is influenced by the structure of the placenta, according to new research into the evolution of reproduction in mammals which ends a 100-year mystery. The study, by Durham and Reading universities, shows that babies grow twice as fast in the wombs of some mammals compared to others. The difference in growth rates appears to be due to the structure of the placenta and the way it connects mother and baby. The research has found that the more intimate the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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