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Posts tagged fossils

September 26, 2017

 

A copperhead snake (Agkistrodon contortrix)

When Snakes Had Four Legs

Scientists are still trying to figure out why ancient lizards evolved into snakes.

August 10, 2017

 

Being able to see in air and water may have helped fish to evolve.

Evolving Fish Vision

Ancient fish that had evolved better eyesight may have hunted like crocodiles.

August 3, 2017

 

A cotinga river side-necked turtle

Turtle Power

Have turtles always been able to retract their heads into their shells?

June 20, 2017

 

Can you imagine a world with giant penguins?

The Giant Penguins of Peru

What was nearly five feet tall, gray and rust colored and ate fish?

June 1, 2017

 

Your ancient ancestors probably subsisted on a diet of meat and starchy foods, including grasses.

Your Ancestors Ate Grass

It's amazing what ancient teeth can tell us about the past.

April 26, 2017

 

Cells.

A Community of Cells

What are the benefits of being a multicellular organism?

April 14, 2017

 

An artist's rendering of what an Iguanadon may have looked like.

First Dinosaur Brain Fossil Discovered

In 2004, a fossil hunter found what looked like a brown pebble. Years later, scientists proved it was part of a fossilized dinosaur brain.

April 7, 2017

 

A a 555 million year old Ediacaran fossil.

Ecosystem Engineering And Extinction

The first mass extinction happened approximately 540 million years ago.

June 14, 2016

 

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Acanthostega

All land vertebrates evolved from fish, and Acanthostega—the fossil of a part-fish, part-amphibious creature—pinpoints how we made the leap from water to earth.

April 19, 2016

 

Capybara

The Largest Rodent

Archaeologists discover the fossil of a monstrous rodent that lived eight million years ago.

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