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Ancient croc ruled North America before dinosaurs

Mar 28, 2015

Ancient croc ruled North America before dinosaurs

The “Carolina butcher” has been found and is just as scary as the name suggests. Scientists on March 19 said they had unearthed fossils in North Carolina of a big land-dwelling croc that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs ...

Feb 28, 2015

Animal body sizes tend to increase in over time

Renowned 19th-century American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope proposed “Cope’s Rule,” hypothesizing that animal lineages tend to increase in body size over time. The dinosaur fossils he dug up in the American West seemed to bear this out. However, Cope was not infallible. In a ...

Plastic debris damages marine environment

Dec 27, 2014

Plastic debris damages marine environment

There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth’s oceans. Researchers recently unveiled what they called the most ...

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 ...