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Where did the ‘Siberian unicorn’ disappear

Elasmotherium sibiricum: Technically a unicorn, but not a unicorn. (DIBGD, Wikimedia Commons) Click for a full size image Where did the ‘Siberian unicorn’ disappear? The beautiful title “Siberian unicorn” belongs to Elasmotherium sibiricum – an elasmotherium Siberian rhinoceros, which as ...

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Fossil shows how snakes lost their legs

Fossil shows how snakes lost their legs Fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve an evolutionary puzzle – how snakes lost their limbs. The 90 million-year-old skull is giving researchers vital clues about how snakes evolved. Comparisons ...

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Meet the first Iberian lynx

Reconstruction of the Iberian lynx that lived in the Iberian Peninsula 1.6 million years ago. / José Antonio Peñas (Sinc) Meet the first Iberian lynx The remains of an Iberian lynx specimen which lived 1.6 million years ago – the ...

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Fossil of four-legged snake found

The snake has small ‘hands’ that are approx 1cm long. Credit: Image courtesy of University of Portsmouth   Fossil of four-legged snake found An “absolutely exquisite” fossil of a snake that had four legs has been discovered by a team ...

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A PLASTIC ROCK FOUND

A PLASTIC ROCK FOUND Photo credit: Patricia Corcoran Every single piece of synthetic plastic that has ever been manufactured since 1950 is still in existence today, as each one takes thousands of years to break down. A recent study has ...

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Secret to Ancient Sloths’ Aquatic Lives

Secret to Ancient Sloths’ Aquatic Lives? Dense Bones Millions of years ago, aquatic sloths roamed shallow waters off the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru. These now-extinct swimmers had highly dense bones that facilitated their transition from land to sea ...

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Queensland Lungfish

  In the Devonian period, 413-365 million years ago, there lived a thriving community of different types lungfish.  Most of these are now only known from fossil records, but the Queensland Lungfish, which even at the time was one of ...

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