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‘Are Neanderthals just another version of us’?

As scientists peer further back in time and uncover evolutionary relationships in unprecedented detail, their findings are complicating the narrative ...
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Remembering that fossils once had lives—long before we discovered their ancient bones

Fossils are the only remaining traces of once-living beings, and their collective and individual lived experiences simply cannot be known ...
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Dinosaur hike: How a Montana family found a ‘nearly complete’ T. rex

“It was right over there, just a bit of it sticking from the earth that caught my eye,” [Kathy] Wankel ...
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400,000-year-old teeth suggest Neanderthals and humans split much earlier than thought

Our distant cousins just got a little more distant. A new study suggests that modern humans and our closest relatives, the Neanderthals, ...
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North Dakota fossil site may be ‘most sensational’ glimpse of final minutes of dinosaur reign

Sixty-six million years ago, an immense asteroid smacked into what is now the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, triggering global devastation ...
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66 million years ago a deadly asteroid struck Earth. Scientists just found a fish killed by the impact

At one of the most important ancient graveyards on Earth in North Dakota, paleontologists unearthed the fossilized remains of fish ...
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Hues of the past: How we determine the colors of prehistoric animals

[Paleontologist Maria McNamara] studies tissues from insects and vertebrates in order to envision what these critters looked like and how ...
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Dozens of new species found in Chinese fossil site provide window into ancient life

Fossil-packed sites like the Burgess Shale in Canada have revealed the unique nature of early animals around 508 million years ...
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Was life on Earth ‘just a lucky accident’? Next Mars mission will drill for answers

American rocket engineers are being urged to push their next Mars mission to the limits of technological performance. Space scientists have ...
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Challenging earth’s oldest fossils: Critics say ‘there’s absolutely nothing biological about them’

Two years ago, researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia shook the science world by claiming to have discovered ...
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Viewpoint: We have much to gain from questioning the theory that humans evolved in Africa

The African origin theory reigns supreme. Every attempt to disprove the theory offers a chance to consider the evidence all ...
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Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Analyzing DNA from present-day and ancient genomes provides a complementary approach for dating evolutionary events. By comparing DNA sequences, geneticists ...
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Moroccan fossils: New thinking on human evolution shaped by technological advancements

In recent years, we have witnessed an acceleration of discoveries related to the evolution of humanity. This is due to ...