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2005-12-01 13:20:00

WASHINGTON -- A new analysis of Archaeopteryx, the earliest known birdlike animal, shows it had feet like dinosaurs - a finding that adds weight to the belief that the birds frequenting backyard feeders today are descendants of mighty ancient carnivores. While not all scientists agree, many consider Archaeopteryx the first bird, since it had wings and was the first fossil found with feathers. Details have been lacking on the animals, however, since only a few fossil specimens have been...

2005-08-31 13:45:00

LONDON (Reuters) - The first four-limbed animals on land may not have hopped or waddled but rather shuffled like modern-day caterpillars, according to new research published in the science journal Nature. Scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden and McGill University in Canada came to these conclusions after studying the fossils of the Ichthyostega -- a four-legged fish that lived around 360 million years ago. They noted that the construction of the creature's backbone ruled out wriggling...

2005-08-31 12:00:00

LONDON -- The first four-limbed animals on land may not have hopped or waddled but rather shuffled like modern-day caterpillars, according to new research published in the science journal Nature. Scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden and McGill University in Canada came to these conclusions after studying the fossils of the Ichthyostega -- a four-legged fish that lived around 360 million years ago. They noted that the construction of the creature's backbone ruled out wriggling in a...

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2005-03-06 11:39:55

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A team of U.S. and Ethiopian scientists has discovered the fossilized remains of what they believe is humankind's first walking ancestor, a hominid that lived in the wooded grasslands of the Horn of Africa nearly 4 million years ago. The bones were discovered in February at a new site called Mille, in the northeastern Afar region of Ethiopia, said Bruce Latimer, director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Ohio. They are estimated to be 3.8-4 million...

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2005-01-20 07:05:00

PARIS (AFP) -- Palaeontologists say they have found a fossil haul from at least nine hominids who lived in eastern Africa more than four million years ago in the early chapters of human history. The discovery was made at As Duma in Ethiopia's Afar region, near the border with Djibouti, they report in Thursday's issue of Nature, the weekly British scientific journal. The find -- mainly teeth, pieces of jaw, hand and feet --- are dated as between 4.32-4.51 million years old and belonging to...


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2007-12-21 13:22:00

Hyracotherium (Hyracotherium leporine), was once considered to be the earliest known member of the horse family. Now, though, it is considered to be part of the perissodactyl family related to both horses and brontotheres. Hyracotherium was a dog-sized perissodactyl ungulate that lived in the Northern Hemisphere, with species ranging throughout Asia, Europe, and North America during the Early to Mid Eocene, about 60 to 45 million years ago. The first fossils of this animal were found in...

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  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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