Did cave bear sinuses drive them to extinction?

A new hypothesis may clarify how European cave bears went extinct. The bears may not have been able to change their diets because of their sinuses.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: extinction science-and-technology skulls hibernation

Some blobby frog heads hide amazing spiny skulls

Beneath their slick skin, some frog skulls sport spines, spikes, and other skeletal secrets called hyperossification.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution skeletons frogs bones amphibians featured science-and-technology skulls

Tiny skull and stone tools hint at Homo erectus diversity

The small Homo erectus cranium and diverse stone tools suggest our ancestors were more varied, both physically and behaviorally, than previously known.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: fossils science-and-technology skulls stone-tools homo-erectus

DNA fragments may persist in baby dinosaur cartilage

Research with a baby duckbilled dinosaur "adds to the growing body of evidence that these tissues, cells, and nuclear material can persist for millions—even tens of millions—of years."

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils cartilage science-and-technology skulls chromosomes

Skulls rewrite pre-Columbus history of people in the Caribbean

New research with skulls upends ideas about who arrived in the Caribbean when. "We're going to have to reinterpret everything we thought we knew."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Jan. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: history migration indigenous-people caribbean featured science-and-technology society-and-culture skulls

Bone scans: Why do giant pandas have teeny-tiny babies?

Giant panda babies are 900 times smaller than their mothers, but no one knows exactly why. A new look at their bones may clarify why.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: babies bones pandas featured science-and-technology skulls

Wombat skulls are changing in response to food

"...it seems that wombats are able to remodel their jaws as the animals grow to become stronger and protect themselves from harm."

U. Queensland • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: food jaws science-and-technology skulls marsupials

Different factors rearranged our brains and braincases

"The brain followed its own evolutionary path of neural innovation while freely floating in the braincase."

U. Zurich • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: evolution brains science-and-technology skulls apes

Our skulls fit DaVinci’s ‘golden ratio’

The Golden Ratio is an infinite number often found in nature, art, and mathematics. New research finds that it's in our skulls, too.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: mathematics science-and-technology skulls

How T. rex’s 6-ton bite didn’t break its own skull

"The T. rex had a skull that's 6 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 4 feet high, and bites with the force of about 6 tons."

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: dinosaurs jaws bones featured science-and-technology skulls

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