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PALEONTOLOGY

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."
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 30, 2015
Fossil unearthed in Spain sheds light on ape evolution
The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 2, 2015
Double trouble of asteroid, volcanoes implicated in dinosaur doom
It was a combination of calamities — an asteroid strike followed by vast volcanic eruptions half a world away — that doomed the dinosaurs and many other creatures 66 million years ago.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 24, 2015
Fish scales key to how teeth got their bite, scientists say
The origins of the enamel that gives our teeth their bite is no ordinary fish tale.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 6, 2015
Odd ancient lizard-like reptile called earliest known turtle
It was a creature that one scientist said resembled "a strange, gluttonous lizard that swallowed a small Frisbee."
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 3, 2015
King of clubs: intriguing tale of the 'tank' dinosaur's tail
One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 23, 2015
German scientists find rare dinosaur tracks
German scientists have found an unusually long trail of footprints from a 30-ton dinosaur in an abandoned quarry in Lower Saxony, and think they could be around 145 million years old.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 29, 2015
Toothy terror: Dinosaurs like T. rex had unique serrated teeth
If you want to know the secret behind the success of Tyrannosaurus rex and its meat-eating dinosaur cousins, look no further than their teeth.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 3, 2015
Genome study reveals how the woolly mammoth thrived in the cold
Woolly mammoths spent their lives enduring extreme Arctic conditions including frigid temperatures, an arid environment and the relentless cycle of dark winters and bright summers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 30, 2015
'Odd-looking' sea creature thrived a half billion years ago
More than half a billion years ago, a peculiar little creature with rows of spikes on its back and delicate, feather-like front limbs used to strain bits of food from the water thrived in the primordial seas of what is now China.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 26, 2015
Fossilized Triassic-era reptile found in south Germany called 'grandfather' of all turtles
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Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 29, 2015
Expert judges that dinosaurs were warm-blooded
Dinosaurs were warm-blooded, according to a scientist who judged their metabolism using body mass and growth rates deduced from fossils of species including Tyrannosaurus rex.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 22, 2015
Dog domestication much older than previously known
Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 7, 2015
Deep-sea microbes called missing link for complex cellular life
Deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean between Greenland and Norway, scientists have found microorganisms that appear to be a missing link connecting the simple cells that first populated Earth to the complex cellular life that emerged roughly 2 billion years ago.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 28, 2015
Primordial sea predator with spiky claws unearthed in Canada
A fossil site in the Canadian Rockies that provides a wondrous peek into life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has offered up the remains of an intriguing sea creature, a four-eyed arthropod predator that wielded a pair of spiky claws.
WORLD / Science & Health
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.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 27, 2015
Stone Age Britons imported wheat in surprise sign of sophistication
Stone Age Britons imported wheat about 8,000 years ago in a surprising sign of sophistication for primitive hunter-gatherers long viewed as isolated from European agriculture, a study showed on Thursday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 13, 2015
First tree-climbing, burrowing mammals found
Scientists on Thursday described Chinese fossils of two shrew-size creatures that were the oldest-known tree-climbing and burrowing mammals, showing that early mammals in the Jurassic Period had already claimed a variety of ecological niches.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 28, 2015
Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years
Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

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