Dire wolves weren’t closely related to today’s wolves

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

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Dire wolves were a distant relative of wolves today

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

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Giant ancient sharks had enormous babies that ate their siblings in the womb

New fossil detective work sheds light on the life of megalodon, the biggest predatory shark ever discovered.

Tom Fletcher, Honorary Research Fellow in Palaeobiology, University of Leicester • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Crocodiles today look the same as they did 200 million years ago – our study explains why

New research shows crocodiles have landed upon an equilibrium state of evolution.

Max Stockdale, Teaching Associate, Vertebrate Macroevolution and Palaeoecology, University of Bristol • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~6 min

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Lyme Regis Mary Anning statue designs released

The statue to palaeontologist Mary Anning will stand near her birthplace on Lyme Regis seafront.

bbcnews
Jan. 5, 2021 ~2 min

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Team finds fossil iguana nesting burrow in Bahamas

The discovery of a fossil iguana nesting burrow answers questions about the now-endangered lizards.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Why do scientists care about worms?

'Worm' is really a catchall term for a huge variety of animals with different characteristics that span the tree of life. They hold clues about our own origins as well as hints about human health.

Helen Robertson, Postdoctoral Scholar of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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We discovered a 115,000-year-old iguana nest fossil in the Bahamas

A trace fossil of an iguana burrow was discovered on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Estimated to be 115,000 years old, it is the first known fossil of its kind.

Melissa Hage, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Emory University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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Cretaceous bird beat toucans to the giant beak

A single fossil skull, partially trapped in rock, reveals a new species of bird called Falcatakely and its very unusual beak.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~9 min

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Cretaceous bird beat toucans to the giant beak

A single fossil skull, partially trapped in rock, reveals a new species of bird called Falcatakely and its very unusual beak.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~9 min

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