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Ancient Turtles Make Love, Embraced Death
2012-06-21 05:21:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com German paleontologists wrote in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters that they have uncovered the remains of nine turtle pairs that died while having sex 47 million years ago. The scientists wrote in the report that they had determined the ancient turtles died while mating in poisonous waters. "Millions of animals live and die every year and many enter the fossil record through serendipitous circumstances, but there really is no reason to enter the...

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2009-08-14 11:05:00

Not only the world-famous primeval horse browsed at the shores of the lake in the warm, wet climate prevailing at that time (average annual temperature, 25°C). Around Lake Messel, which emerged in a volcanic crater and was surrounded back then by dense primeval forest, lived early ungulates and rodents; the ancestors of today's birds flew over the cloudy water; insects buzzed through the air; and cold-blooded reptiles basked lazily in the sun. 47 million years ago, Messel was located at...

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2009-05-19 15:10:00

The remarkably preserved fossil remains of a lemur-like, 47-million-year-old creature was unveiled amid great fanfare at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Tuesday.  Some say the fossil, named Ida, is the "missing link" between modern primates "“ humans, monkeys and apes - and their more distant relatives. Ida's preservation is so good that the outline of its fur and even traces of its last meal are visible. However, some independent experts are critical of the...

2009-05-19 11:10:00

47 Million Year Old Primate Fossil Set to Revolutionize Understanding of Human Evolution -- HISTORY SPECIAL DOCUMENTING DISCOVERY TO AIR MAY 25 AT 9PM ET/PT -- NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- HISTORY, together with the University of Oslo and the Senckenberg Research Institute, today reveal a landmark scientific find: the 47 million year old fossilized remains of a primate. The most complete fossil primate ever found, the young female specimen -- known as "Ida" -- is set to revolutionize...

2009-05-19 09:30:00

THE LINK: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor - Little, Brown and Company, May 20, 2009 NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists have announced today the discovery of a 47-million-year-old human ancestor. Discovered in the Messel Pit, Germany, the fossil is twenty times older than most fossils that explain human evolution. Known as "Ida," the fossil is a transitional species, showing characteristics of the very primitive nonhuman evolutionary line (prosimians, such as lemurs), but even more...

2009-05-18 10:35:48

A University of Michigan professor says the discovery of a 47 million-year-old fossil may be from a primate species related to humans, apes and monkeys. Michigan paleontology Professor Philip Gingeric, who also serves as the president-elect of the Paleontological Society of the United States, said the newly discovered fossil also supports the adapid theory of evolution, The Wall Street Journal said Monday. A major ongoing evolutionary debate is focused on whether humans descended from an...


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  • Boughs or branches.
  • Warbling of birds in trees.
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