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Article ID: 693305

Applying Network Analysis to Natural History

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

By using network analysis to search for communities of marine life in the fossil records of the Paleobiology Database, the team, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was able to quantify the ecological impacts of major events like mass extinctions and may help us anticipate the consequences of a “sixth mass extinction.”

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    22-Apr-2018 7:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 692675

Human-like Walking Mechanics Evolved Before the Genus Homo

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

A close examination of 3.6 million year old hominin footprints discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania suggests our ancestors evolved the hallmark trait of extended leg, human-like bipedalism substantially earlier than previously thought.

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16-Apr-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 693051

NYITCOM at A-State Professor Lends Anatomy Expertise to Solve Ancient Mystery

New York Institute of Technology

Scientists have long wondered why the physical traits of Neanderthals, the ancestors of modern humans, differ greatly from today’s man. In particular, researchers have deliberated the factors that necessitated early man’s forward-projecting face and oversized nose. As published in the April 4 edition of The Royal Proceedings Society B, an international research team led by a professor at the University of New England in Australia, with the aid of an anatomy and fluid dynamics expert at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State), may have the answer.

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18-Apr-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 692613

The Skull’s Petrous Bone and What It Can Tell Us About Ancient Humans: Q & A with Genetic Archaeologist David Reich

NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Genetic archaeologist David Reich discusses how DNA retrieved from inch-long bone in the skull has accelerated our understanding of ancient humans.

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12-Apr-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 692198

Trap, Contain and Convert

Washington University in St. Louis

Injecting carbon dioxide deep underground into basalt flows holds promise as an abatement strategy. Now, new research by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis sheds light on exactly what happens underground during the process, illustrating precisely how effective the volcanic rock could be in trapping and converting CO2 emissions.

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4-Apr-2018 8:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 691792

Decade of Fossil Collecting in Africa Gives New Perspective on Triassic Period, Emergence of Dinosaurs

University of Washington

A project spanning countries, years and institutions has attempted to reconstruct what the southern end of the world looked like during the Triassic period, 252 to 199 million years ago.

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27-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 691777

New Technology Reveals Secrets of Famous Neandertal Skeleton La Ferrassie 1

Binghamton University, State University of New York

An international team of researchers, led by Dr. Asier Gomez-Olivencia of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam, has provided new insights on one of the most famous Neandertal skeletons, discovered over 100 years ago: La Ferrassie 1.

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27-Mar-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 691678

The Special Role of Pigeons in Greening the Negev 1,500 Years Ago

University of Haifa

New study at the University of Haifa reveals the first archeological evidence of the role played by pigeons in Byzantine agriculture in the Negev: improving and fertilizing soil in vineyards and orchards

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26-Mar-2018 1:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 691110

Lifelike, Full-Size Reconstruction of Extinct Human Relative Acquired for New U-M Natural History Museum

University of Michigan

When the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History reopens in its new home about a year from now, visitors to the evolution gallery will come face to face with a life-size, hyperrealistic sculptural reconstruction of an extinct human relative that roamed southern Africa 2 million years ago.

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14-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 690946

Fossils Found of Giant Flying Creatures Wiped Out with the Dinosaurs

University of Portsmouth

Fossils of six new species of pterosaurs, giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs, have been discovered by a team of researchers.

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12-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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