Fossils

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‘Angry minion’ with no anus not related to humans after all, scientists conclude
New research rules out theory that 535m-year-old Saccorhytus coronarius fossil is our earliest known ancestor

Sascha Pare

17, Aug, 2022 @6:25 PM

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‘The whole embryo was there’: expert makes rare find on Sheffield museum opening day
Dean Lomax identifies probably oldest known vertebrate embryo from UK at Yorkshire Natural History Museum

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

15, Aug, 2022 @2:40 PM

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Rare collection of bird fossils from 55m years ago donated to Scottish museum
Collection bequeathed to National Museums Scotland includes species that are unknown to science

Dalya Alberge

07, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Fossil of ‘earliest animal predator’ is named after David Attenborough
Sea creature, thought to have used tentacles to capture food, is named Auroralumina attenboroughii

Linda Geddes Science correspondent

25, Jul, 2022 @5:42 PM

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Scientists picking over ice age bones discover vultures once soared in Australia’s skies
Cryptogyps lacertosus was similar in size to a wedge-tailed eagle but anatomical differences suggest it was a scavenger rather than a hunter

Donna Lu

19, Jul, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Rise of the dinosaurs traced back to their adaptation to cold
Covering of feathers left them able to cope when other creatures died off in mass extinction event, scientists say

Ian Sample Science editor

01, Jul, 2022 @6:00 PM

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‘Amazing development’: fossil finds show how panda’s false thumb evolved
Fossils of Ailurarctos, an extinct panda relative, are oldest known evidence for the radial sesamoid

Ian Sample Science editor

30, Jun, 2022 @6:56 PM

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Life will find a way: could scientists make Jurassic Park a reality?
Just a few years from now, herds of woolly ‘mammoths’ could be roaming the Siberian tundra. Are dodos and dinosaurs next for de-extinction?

Ian Sample

21, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘Dinosaurs are not us’: book reveals how mammals came to rule the world
Steve Brusatte writes of the evolutionary twists, catastrophes and luck that led to the warm-blooded animals of today

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

11, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Bones found on Isle of Wight may be from Europe’s biggest predator dinosaur
Remains suggest spinosaur, a crocodile-faced hunter, measured over 10 metres from snout to tail

Ian Sample

09, Jun, 2022 @1:07 PM

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Statue of fossil-hunting pioneer Mary Anning to be unveiled in Dorset
A nine-year-old pointed out what was missing in Lyme Regis. Her long campaign has now borne fruit

Esther Addley

21, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Country diary: A living fossil with a tale to tell
Winlaton Mill, Gateshead: The landscape here is vast and exhilarating, but a close look reveals a curious plant with a link to the area’s coal past

Phil Gates

04, May, 2022 @4:30 AM

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