New evidence of ancient multicellular life sets evolutionary timeline back 60 million years
(Phys.org) —A Virginia Tech geobiologist with collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found evidence in the fossil record that complex multicellularity appeared in living things about 600 ...
Worm-like creature with legs and spikes finds its place in the evolutionary tree of life
One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively ...
Ancient fossils confirmed among our strangest cousins
More than 100 years since they were first discovered, some of the world's most bizarre fossils have been identified as distant relatives of humans, thanks to the work of University of Adelaide researchers.
Which happened first: Did sounds form words, or words form sentences?
The ABC's of animal speech: Not so random after all
The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.
Mound excavation reveals transition from hunting to herding in Neolithic settlement
West US cave with fossil secrets to be excavated
(AP)—For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at the bottom ...
There's no such thing as reptiles any more – and here's why
You have likely been to a zoo at some point and visited their reptile house. A building where the climate control dial is stuck on the "wet sauna" setting, and filled with maniacal children competing to be ...
Fossil discovery in Alps challenges theory that all deep sea animals evolved from shallow water ancestors
Biologists find 'missing link' in the production of protein factories in cells
Biologists at UC San Diego have found the "missing link" in the chemical system that enables animal cells to produce ribosomes—the thousands of protein "factories" contained within each cell that manufacture ...
Not too fast, not too slow: Researchers untangle energetics of extinct dinosaurs
(Phys.org) —Dinosaurs dominated the landscape for more than 100 million years, but all that remains today are bones. This has made it difficult to solve a long-standing and contentious puzzle: were dinosaurs ...
Greek Bronze Age ended 100 years earlier than thought, new evidence suggests
Conventional estimates for the collapse of the Aegean civilization may be incorrect by up to a century, according to new radiocarbon analyses.
More questions than answers as mystery of domestication deepens
(Phys.org) —We all think we have a rough idea of what happened 12,000 years ago when people at several different spots around the globe brought plants under cultivation and domesticated animals for transport, ...
Animal foraging tactics unchanged for 50m years
Animals have used the same technique to search for food that's in short supply for at least 50 million years, a study suggests.