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Fossils shed light on origins of mammals

Oct 18, 2014

Fossils shed light on origins of mammals

It may not have been the friendliest place for furry little creatures, but three newly identified squirrel-like mammals thrived in the trees of the Jurassic Period, with dinosaurs walking below and flying reptiles soaring above. Scientists recently announced the discovery in China of fossils ...

Aug 11, 2014

Returning U.S. missionaries to be quarantined over Ebola threat

Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine as a precaution against the spread of the deadly viral disease. The quarantine is ...

'Bone-house wasp' builds nest with ant corpses

Jul 12, 2014

'Bone-house wasp' builds nest with ant corpses

Here’s some useful advice for the world’s ants: Whatever you do, stay away from the “bone-house wasp.” Scientists said on July 2 that they have identified a new species of spider wasp in southeastern China with grim conduct unlike any other creature. It crams ...

Galapagos finches take on killer maggots

May 10, 2014

Galapagos finches take on killer maggots

Which nest is best to eliminate a blood-sucking pest? Scientists seeking to help endangered Galapagos Islands birds survive a deadly parasitic threat put that question to the test. Researchers on May 5 described a new method to assist Darwin’s finches in combating the larvae ...

Neanderthals not incompetent dimwits: study

May 3, 2014

Neanderthals not incompetent dimwits: study

No offense, but your ancestors probably were no brighter than a Neanderthal. That is the message a pair of researchers have delivered after analyzing archaeological evidence detailing the capabilities of Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relatives, compared to the early modern humans who first ...

Australian predator fierce but no Tasmanian devil

Apr 19, 2014

Australian predator fierce but no Tasmanian devil

A fox-sized marsupial predator that roamed Australia from about 23 million to 12 million years ago had plenty of bite to go along with its bark. But while it was certainly fierce, it was no Tasmanian devil, Australia’s famously ferocious bantamweight brute. Those were ...