Ancient gut fossil is the oldest one yet

A 550-million-year-old fossilized digestive tract could shed light on the early history of animals on Earth and a key moment in evolution.

Eric Stann-Missouri | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology digestive-system early-earth evolution fossils

Evidence in Java says humans and Homo erectus didn’t overlap

Dating sediment from a cave in Java leads scientists to conclude that ancient humans and Homo erectus didn't meet.

U. Queensland | Jan. 6, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-humans fossils indonesia

Shells reveal mercury, warming when dinosaurs died out

New research indicates climate warming and mercury contamination at the time of the Deccan Traps volcanism.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dinosaurs extinction fossils methylmercury shells volcanoes

Whale fossil bridges gap between foot- and tail-powered swimming

A 35 million-year-old whale fossil is a brand new species and represents an intermediate stage between foot- and tail-powered swimming.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution fossils swimming whales

Newly-discovered ‘comma’ shrimp is 90 million years old

Scientists have discovered the world's oldest "comma" shrimp, a tiny crustacean shaped like its punctuation namesake.

Jim Shelton-Yale | Nov. 27, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fossils shrimp

Eating oysters in ‘R months’ rule is 4,000 years old

The rule of thumb about eating oysters in certain months of the year goes back at least 4,000 years, a new study shows.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida | Nov. 25, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fossils history oysters shellfish snails

Beetle in amber pollinated flowers 99M years ago

A drop of fossilized amber from a mine in northern Myanmar contains not just a beetle but also 62 grains of pollen still clinging to its legs.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology beetles flowers fossils insects new-species plants pollen pollinators

The best fossils need a bit of fresh air to form

Scientists had thought that a lack of oxygen in Earth's oceans may have led to the world's best preserved fossils. New research suggests that's not true.

UT Austin | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fossils oceans oxygen

Fossils show life’s recovery after dino-killing asteroid strike

"These fossils tell us for the first time how exactly our planet recovered from this global cataclysm."

U. Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology asteroids dinosaurs extinction fossils mammals plants

Amoebae teamed up to form world’s oldest slime mold

An Australian fossil reveals the world's oldest known land-dwelling slime mold, which may be a key step between single- and multicellular creatures.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology amoeba evolution fossils slime

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