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425-Million-Year-Old 'Tongue Worm' Fossilized Mid-Invasion
fossil with tongue worm parasite
May 21st, 2015
About 425 million years ago, a sneaky wormlike parasite invaded a crustacean before the two were fossilized together in the limestone of modern-day England, a new study finds.
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Boneworms Dined on Ancient Sea Serpents
boneworms
April 14th, 2015
Bone-eating worms that can devour an entire whale carcass were also feasting on prehistoric reptiles more than 100 million years ago.
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Snake Ancestor Had Ankles and Toes
ancestral snake illustration
May 20th, 2015
Millions of years ago, the common ancestor of all living snakes — a long creature with tiny hind limbs as well as ankles and toes — could be found slithering over the damp soil of forests in search of soft-bodied prey, a new study finds.
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500-Million-Year-Old Brains of 'Sea Monsters' Get Close Look
Arthropod, Odaraia alata
May 7th, 2015
The shiny, fossilized brains of two ancient sea-monsterlike creatures are helping researchers understand how the ancestors of modern-day arthropods, such as scorpions and lobsters, evolved, as shown in a new study.
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Towering 'Terror Bird' Stalked Prey by Listening for Footsteps
Terror bird fossil
April 9th, 2015
Researchers have found a nearly complete skeleton of a new species of terror bird, prehistoric carnivorous birds with hooked beaks standing 10 feet (3 meters) tall, and are learning surprising details about the animal's hearing and anatomy.
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Fossil Fragments Reveal Enormous Ancient Turtle (Video)
two halves of an ancient sea turtle humerus
May 19th, 2015
An enormous turtle fossil grew even bigger after an amateur fossil collector found its missing piece.
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Rare Sperm Whale Fossils Shed Light on Mysterious Family Tree
Pygmy sperm whale skull
April 29th, 2015
Rare, 7-million-year-old fossils of two extinct pygmy sperm whales are helping researchers learn about the evolution of the ocean's largest toothed whale, a new study finds.
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Tyrannosaur Skull Bears Scars of Fierce Dino Battle
Tyrannosaur cannibalism
April 9th, 2015
Some 75 million years ago, a towering tyrannosaur may have lit into one of its own species, ripping into its skull and leaving behind jagged scars and deep punctures that have only recently seen the light of day.
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