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  • Scientists find oldest feathered dinosaur yet: Sorry, Archaeopteryx

    Scientists find oldest feathered dinosaur yet: Sorry, Archaeopteryx
    When did birds first emerge from among the dinosaurs? It’s an argument that has plagued paleontologists and cast a shadow over the reputation of Archaeopteryx, a feathered dinosaur that has long been considered the earliest known bird. Now,...
  • Last blood meal found in belly of 46-million-year-old mosquito fossil

    Last blood meal found in belly of 46-million-year-old mosquito fossil
    Scientists have discovered the last blood meal of a 46 million-year-old female mosquito, and isolated a little fragment of the protein in it, too. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show...
  • A fossilized brain, 520 million years old

    A fossilized brain, 520 million years old
    Scientists have discovered the fossilized brain of an animal that lived 520 million years ago. It is the oldest mostly intact nervous system to have ever been found. The incredible ancient brain and nervous system, described in the journal Nature,...
  • What's so special about pitchers? The answer may be evolutionary

    What's so special about pitchers? The answer may be evolutionary
    The kids at his elementary school played a game that involved tossing a tennis ball across the yard. Whenever it was Chris Capuano's turn, everyone backed up a few steps. That's when he realized he was different. "I threw a little bit harder, a little...
  • Two studies, two answers: When exactly did mammals emerge?

    Two studies, two answers: When exactly did mammals emerge?
    Mammals first appeared 215 million years ago during the Triassic period, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Wait, no, they first showed up 175 million years ago during the Jurassic period, said another study in the same issue of the journal....
  • Peter Zumthor's LACMA plan worries Page Museum at La Brea tar pits

    Peter Zumthor's LACMA plan worries Page Museum at La Brea tar pits
    The design for the central building in a reimagined Los Angeles County Museum of Art was inspired by the adjacent La Brea tar pits. Seen from above, the structure's flowing lines resemble a splatter of tar. But scientists doing the work of recovering...
  • Actress Julie Harris dies at 87; Tony-winning Broadway star

    Actress Julie Harris dies at 87; Tony-winning Broadway star
    Julie Harris, the delicate yet steely grande dame of the stage whose performances earned her a record five Tony Awards and 10 Tony nominations, died Saturday. She was 87. Harris died of congestive heart failure at her home in West Chatham, Mass.,...
  • Flying dinosaur Microraptor didn't get much mileage from its feathers

    Flying dinosaur Microraptor didn't get much mileage from its feathers
    Microraptor, a small dinosaur that lived in northeast China about 120 million years ago, had feathers on its wings,  hind legs and tail. But in all likelihood, it didn’t fly like a bird. Instead, it glided from trees and cruised over “medium...
  • From fin to limb: how our ancestors moved out of the sea

    From fin to limb: how our ancestors moved out of the sea
    Somewhere between 390 to 360 million years ago, a four-legged vertebrate, or tetrapod, crawled out of the water and gave rise to the amphibians, reptiles and mammals we see today. Scientists have established that this creature descended from fish and...
  • Cow-size, lumpy reptile roamed ancient desert. Looked like this:

    Cow-size, lumpy reptile roamed ancient desert. Looked like this:
    Large and lumpy with a face that looks like it's melting, the Bunostegos was a giant reptile that roamed Earth more than 250 million years ago. The size of a cow, the Bunostegos thrived in the Permian era, when most of the land on the planet was fused...
  • Ice mass the size of Greenland overlooked in climate models

    Ice mass the size of Greenland overlooked in climate models
    Far more of Earth’s water was locked up as ice at the height of the last ice age than previously thought, and current climate change models may need to be adjusted to account for it, according to a new study. The research is the latest salvo...