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
April 1, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: science-and-technology extinction hibernation skulls

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
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology amphibians bones evolution frogs skeletons 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
March 6, 2020 | futurity

~8 mins

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

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
March 3, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

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

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
Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology society-and-culture caribbean history indigenous-people migration 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
Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

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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
Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology food jaws marsupials skulls

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
Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology apes brains evolution skulls

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
Oct. 3, 2019 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: science-and-technology mathematics 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
Sept. 25, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

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