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Iconic Australasian Tree Fossils Found In South America
2014-01-09 15:06:30

Today in Australia they call it Kauri, in Asia they call it Dammar, and in South America it does not exist at all unless planted there; but 52 million years ago the giant coniferous evergreen tree known to botanists as Agathis thrived in the Patagonian region of Argentina

Buried Leaves Reveal Precolonial Eastern Forests
2013-11-14 08:35:58

Sediment behind milldams in Pennsylvania preserved leaves deposited just before European contact that provide a glimpse of the ancient forests, according to a team of geoscientists, who note that neither the forests nor the streams were what they are today.

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2009-11-11 07:40:12

How revising an ancient species can change what we know of a lineage’s historical distribution and the climate in which it lived.

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2006-08-29 12:14:41

The recovery of biodiversity after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction was much more chaotic than previously thought, according to paleontologists. New fossil evidence shows that at certain times and places, plant and insect diversity were severely out of balance, not linked as they are today.

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2005-06-15 21:38:38

South America has the most biodiversity of any major region today and according to an international team of researchers, that biodiversity began at least 52 million years ago.


Word of the Day
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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