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GPS Has Revealed How the Oldest Multicellular Organisms Had Sex

The global positioning system (GPS) can keep you from getting lost, manage air traffic, and track the migration of endangered species. And in a new study published today by Nature, it’s helped paleontologists understand how an organism that’s been extinct for about 540 million years reproduced.
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Look at This Extinct Snake's Little Arms and Legs

Yes, at least one snake—albeit a very, very old snake—used to have tiny little arms and legs on its lengthy torso. iI want, more than anything else in the world, to see this snake running. Unfortunately, it appears it didn’t use its legs for that. But we can use them to studyv erything from pterosaurs to dragonflies. » 7/24/15 6:30am 7/24/15 6:30am

This Is What A Forest Elephant Looked Like 200,000 Years Ago

Exhibition director Peter Luckner readies a 13-foot-tall model of a straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) for “Fossil Richness in the Geisel Valley,” on display in the Pfaennerhall Factory in Braunsbedra, central Germany. This type of forest elephant roamed the Geisel Valley some 200,000 years ago. » 4/18/15 10:00am 4/18/15 10:00am

A Triassic Beast Brews Up A Surprisingly Gentle India Pale Ale

If cooking is science for hungry people, brewing is applied chemistry for thirsty people. The Gedrinken Experiment will explore the brews and spirits inspired by science. The first entry is Great Basin Brewing Company bringing a Triassic beast back from extinction as the Ichthyosaur IPA. » 9/07/14 5:30pm 9/07/14 5:30pm

This Dinosaur Babysitting Session Didn't End Well

Babysitting isn't a human invention: roughly 3% of mammal species, and 8-9% of modern bird species, involve individuals other than the parents in raising the young. And this fossil nest, found in the Cretaceous rocks of Liaoning Province, China, might be the first known example of dinosaur babysitting. » 9/05/14 10:31am 9/05/14 10:31am