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Researchers Discover More About Ancient Crocodiles

The mouths of today’s crocodiles inspire fear and awe, with their wide gape and the greatest known bite force in the vertebrate animal kingdom. However, this apex predator of today and its modus of attack (its mouth) had humble beginnings. Ancient crocodiles were very different from today’s crocodiles. The very earliest crocodilians were very different ...

Troy Oakes

An ancient crocodile.

A New Species of Ancient Marine Lizard Has Just Been Discovered

University of Alberta paleontologists discovered a new species of marine lizard that lived 70 to 75 million years ago, with its muscle and skin remarkably well preserved. The fossil is a dolichosaur, a marine lizard related to snakes and mosasaurs. Called Primitivus manduriensis, it was found in Puglia, Italy, and named after the local Manduria variety of ...

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Early Humans Thrived Through Volcanic Winter: Here’s How

UTA researcher Naomi Cleghorn has participated in a Nature paper that describes how humans thrived in South Africa through the Toba volcanic eruption about 74,000 years ago, which created a decades-long volcanic winter. The scientific team found microscopic glass shards that had traveled nearly 9,000 kilometers from the eruption site and landed in the archaeological sediments of ...

Troy Oakes

Oldest Hieroglyphs Discovered in China’s Ningxia Region

The rock art research center of the Second Northwest Institute for Ethnic Minorities (SNIEM) in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region recently disclosed to the outside world that the most ancient hieroglyphs in China, discovered among the numerous independent cliff painting groups at Ningxia’s Damaidi, are thousands of years older than oracle-bone inscriptions. The discovery may change ...

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