Study shows extinction of pseudosuchians may have helped dinosaurs flourish
Ancient civilizations reveal ways to manage fisheries for sustainability
In the search for sustainability of the ocean's fisheries, solutions can be found in a surprising place: the ancient past.
Invisible volcanic ash gives clues to Neanderthal demise
(Phys.org) -- Invisible to the human eye, cryptotephra is a fine volcanic glass that is blasted out of erupting volcanoes along with ash. It leaves behind a hidden layer, in the earth, which has now been detected, ...
Hope for threatened Tasmanian devils: Research paves way for vaccine development
New research paves the way for the development of a vaccine for the Tasmanian devil, currently on the brink of extinction because of a contagious cancer.
Extinction rates not as bad as feared ... for now
Concerns that many animals are becoming extinct, before scientists even have time to identify them, are greatly overstated according Griffith University researcher, Professor Nigel Stork.
Fossilised Moa bones help scientists unravel the mystery of DNA decay
(Phys.org)—A new study is finally laying to rest the debate over whether DNA from the age of the dinosaurs could survive to the present day.
Mass extinction study provides lessons for modern world
The Cretaceous Period of Earth history ended with a mass extinction that wiped out numerous species, most famously the dinosaurs. A new study now finds that the structure of North American ecosystems made ...
Seeing inside a pterosaur skull
(Phys.org) —The inside of the skull of a 100-million-year-old pterosaur has been seen by Natural History Museum fossil experts for the first time. Computed tomography (CT) scans revealed details of the ...
Populations survive despite many deleterious mutations: Scientists investigate evolutionary model of Muller's ratchet
From protozoans to mammals, evolution has created more and more complex structures and better-adapted organisms. This is all the more astonishing as most genetic mutations are deleterious. Especially in small ...
Cutting-edge study shows teeth can be used to determine what has been eaten
You are what you eat is truism that has been given new impetus by 'cutting edge' research led by the University of Leicester that reveals your teeth are literally shaped by your food.
Fossil fish illuminates evolution of plankton-eating
Animals from very different groups that developed independently into plankton-eating giants took similar evolutionary steps along the way, new research shows.
Reducing numbers of one carnivore species indirectly leads to extinction of others
Previous studies have shown that carnivores can have indirect positive effects on each other, which means that when one species is lost, others could soon follow. A team from the University of Exeter and the University of ...
Marine fossils show location as important as area for biodiversity
(Phys.org)—Science has charted a close relationship between the number of species in a given region and the area of the region. This relationship has been documented for many present-day environments, where it can be used ...
Study discovers eating habits of Diplodocus
A team of researchers from the University of Bristol, Natural History Museum of London, the University of Missouri and Ohio University has discovered the eating habits of Diplodocus using a three-dimensional ...