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How Ancient People Saved The Pumpkin From Extinction

If it weren’t for our distant ancestors, that gourd that Americans go wild about every October wouldn’t even exist.

This Microbial Animal Threw The Evolutionary Rulebook Out The Window

We typically think of evolution as a progression from simplicity to complexity. But one organism seems to have thrown the rulebook out the window: a microbial animal that offers a striking example of evolution run “backwards.”

This New Hadrosaur Species Is A Classic Missing Link

A new dinosaur species sheds some light on how duck-billed dinosaurs got their crests. Paleontologists say Probrachylophosaurus bergei is a missing link between two other species, and it fills in vital pieces of the story of how crests evolved.

Complex Skeletons Might Be Older Than Anyone Thought

It’s easy to get excited about new fossil discoveries, but sometimes a second look at an old find can reveal something just as surprising.

Scientists Have Found Fossilized Brains

Conventional wisdom says that brains don’t fossilise, but these seven fossilised brains beg to differ.

Fossil With Preserved Tail Feathers And Skin Reveals Dinosaur Plumage Patterns

An undergraduate student from the University of Alberta has uncovered the fossilised remains of an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The remarkable specimen is offering important insights into the plumage patterns of these ancient creatures, while tightening the linkages between dinosaurs and birds.

The Genetic Basis For Vampirism May Be Buried Across The Tree Of Life

Vampire bats are the only vertebrates that feed on the blood of other mammals. But the capacity to do so may be buried in all of us, according to a new study which pinpoints the underlying genetic origins of traits that make a good vampire.

This Extinct Species Is Changing What We Know About Early Ape Evolution

Meet Pliobates catalonia, an extinct species of ape that roamed the jungles of Catalonia some 11.5 million years ago. Because of this ancient creature’s many surprising physical characteristics, researchers are having to revise their conceptions of what the last common ancestor of all living apes — humans included — might have looked like.

A Reptile With No Penis Just Solved A Baffling Scientific Mystery

The tuatara isn’t actually a lizard. It’s the last survivor of a 250 million year old group of reptiles that mostly went extinct with the dinosaurs. It doesn’t have a penis, and ironically, that’s made it a linchpin for understanding how penises evolved in vertebrates.

The Controversy Over Homo Naledi Is Actually A Good Thing

Homo naledi, the newly discovered species of early hominin announced last month, is drawing a lot of fire from paleoanthropologists.

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