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Climate change created today’s large crocodiles

Pedro L. Godoy, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York) What does the term crocodylian bring to mind? A big reptile with a...

I’m an evolutionary biologist – here’s why this ancient fungal fossil...

Antonis Rokas, Vanderbilt University Biologists don’t call them “the hidden kingdom” for nothing. With an estimated 5 million species, only a mere 100,000 fungi are...

Last of the giants: What killed off Madagascar’s megafauna a thousand...

Nick Scroxton, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Laurie Godfrey, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Stephen Burns, University of Massachusetts Amherst Giant 10-foot-tall elephant birds, with eggs...

Welcome to the new Meghalayan age – here’s how it fits...

Steve Petsch, University of Massachusetts Amherst Jurassic, Pleistocene, Precambrian. The named times in Earth’s history might inspire mental images of dinosaurs, trilobites or other enigmatic...

Pigments from microbes provide clue to evolution in ancient oceans –...

Patricia L. Foster, Indiana University Possibly the most significant event in the evolution of life on Earth occurred 2.4 billion years ago. That was when...

Fossil jawbone from Israel is the oldest modern human found outside...

Rolf Quam, Binghamton University, State University of New York New fossil finds over the past few years have been forcing anthropologists to reexamine our evolutionary...

Fossils suggest an aquatic plant that bloomed underwater was…

Fossils suggest an aquatic plant that bloomed underwater was among first flowering plants David Dilcher, Indiana University, Bloomington Photosynthesis – the ability to convert energy...

Fossil collecting should be for everyone – not just academics

By Gareth Dyke, University of Southampton Almost all natural history museums and recognised public collections of fossils have in the past relied on finds purchased...

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When cringeworthy gifts are worse than inconsiderate

Deborah Y. Cohn, New York Institute of Technology Ever wondered why your mom bought you that inexplicable thing? You’re not alone. I have spent years doing...