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PALEONTOLOGY

Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Mar 1, 2017
Laser technique sheds light on pivotal feathered dinosaur
A technique using high-powered lasers to reveal hidden soft tissue in fossils is bringing insight into one of the major evolutionary transitions: small feathered dinosaurs taking flight as birds.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 9, 2016
In fossil rarity, tumor discovered in jawbone of 255-million-year-old beast
Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 9, 2016
Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found encased in amber
Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 21, 2016
Smart mouth: Chinese fish fossil sheds light on jaw evolution
A bottom-dwelling, mud-grubbing, armored fish that swam in tropical seas 423 million years ago is fundamentally changing the understanding of the evolution of an indisputably indispensable anatomical feature: the jaw.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 16, 2016
Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered
Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick forests in China about 120 million years ago.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 7, 2016
Exquisite dolphin fossils provide insight into evolution of ultrasonic hearing, echolocation
Fossils unearthed in a South Carolina drainage ditch are providing insight into the development of ultrasonic hearing in prehistoric whales, a trait closely linked to their uncanny ability to hunt and navigate using sound waves and echoes.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 15, 2016
Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber
A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug.
WORLD / Science & Health
May 12, 2016
Lava bubbles show primordial Earth had thin air that still supported life
Tiny bubbles that formed inside volcanic rock 2.7 billion years ago are providing big insights into the conditions on primordial Earth.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 7, 2016
Weird ancient hammerhead creature ate algae
It was a creature so outlandish that scientists say it reminds them of the fanciful beasts conjured up by Dr. Seuss. But would the famous children's book author have thought up a marine reptile with a hammerhead snout it used to snack on algae?
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 6, 2016
Primate fate: Chinese fossils illuminate key evolutionary period
A treasure trove of fossils of six furry critters that inhabited the trees of southern China 34 million years ago is providing a deeper understanding of a pivotal moment in the evolution of primates, the group that eventually gave rise to people.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 21, 2016
Monkey mariners made monumental migration 21 million years ago
Monkeys resembling today's capuchins accomplished the astonishing feat of crossing at least 100 miles (160 km) of open ocean 21 million years ago to get from South America to North America eons before the two continents joined together.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 19, 2016
Dinosaur discovery in Central Asia solves T. rex mystery
Fossils unearthed in northern Uzbekistan's remote Kyzylkum Desert of a smaller, older cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex are showing that the modest forerunners of that famous brute had already acquired the sophisticated brain and senses that helped make it such a horrifying predator.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2016
Prehistoric marine reptiles killed off by global warming
One of the enduring mysteries of paleontology, the demise of a highly successful group of dolphin-like marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that flourished in the seas for more than 150 million years, may finally have been solved.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 6, 2016
'Missing link' lizard breaks age record at 99 million years
A fossilized lizard found in Southeast Asia preserved in amber dates back some 99 million years, Florida scientists have determined, making it the oldest specimen of its kind and a "missing link" for reptile researchers.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 3, 2016
Oldest fossils of a land organism are fungus that made soils for plants
At first glance, they do not look like much: tiny fragments of a primordial fungus shorter than a single hair's width. But these fungal remnants possess the unique distinction of being the oldest-known fossils of any land-dwelling organism on Earth.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 5, 2016
Prehistoric cousin of wildebeest boasted dinosaur-like nasal horn
In an ancient streambed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jan 31, 2016
'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago
The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 21, 2016
Dracoraptor, forerunner of fearsome T-rex, unearthed in Wales
In the early years of the Jurassic Period, when the world was recovering from one of the worst mass extinctions on record, a modest meat-eating dinosaur from Wales helped pave the way for some of the most fearsome predators ever to stalk the Earth.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 18, 2015
Ancient 'Loch Ness monster' reptiles swam like penguins
Plesiosaurs, marine reptiles that thrived in the world's seas when dinosaurs ruled the land, swam much like penguins by using their flippers to "fly" underwater, scientists said on Thursday, resolving a debate that began nearly two centuries ago.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 10, 2015
Fossil of carnivorous whale named to honor 'Moby-Dick'
Don't call me Ishmael. Call me "Albicetus."

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