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Power of evolution: Scientists are trying to answer why and how did our ancestors lose their tails
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Power of evolution: Scientists are trying to answer why and how did our ancestors lose their tails

Researchers have identified more than 30 genes involved in the development of tails in various species, from an iguana’s long whip to the stub on a Manx cat.

'Dragon Man' skull discovery in China may change our understanding of human evolution
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'Dragon Man' skull discovery in China may change our understanding of human evolution

The fossilized skull is at least 140,000 years old and belongs to a mature male who had a huge brain, massive brow ridges, deep-set eyes and a bulbous nose.

Earth was home to billions of T-rex over lakhs of generations, suggests new study
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Earth was home to billions of T-rex over lakhs of generations, suggests new study

The estimate comes from studies of well-preserved T rex fossils – 32 of them, with enough material to determine they were adults.

Extinction of large animals responsible for human evolution, says new study
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Extinction of large animals responsible for human evolution, says new study

Since larger animals were going extinct, humans had to start hunting smaller, swifter animals which increased the volume of their brains.

Human ancestor Ardi may have 'swung from trees' like chimps till 4.4 mn years ago
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Human ancestor Ardi may have 'swung from trees' like chimps till 4.4 mn years ago

A huge evolutionary leap was found between the hands of Ardi, and all later hominins, indicating a critical time for human evolution.

Dinosaur migration was partly delayed by climate, herbivores took longer to traverse North: Study
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Dinosaur migration was partly delayed by climate, herbivores took longer to traverse North: Study

All the early dinosaurs appear to originate in modern-day South America, some 230 million years ago, after which they moved North.

Seven SARS-CoV-2 variants found in US carrying the same mutation, scientists claim
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Seven SARS-CoV-2 variants found in US carrying the same mutation, scientists claim

Prevalence of these seven lineages will be hard to determine since roughly 1 percent of test samples are sent for sequencing.

Living Fossil: African coelacanth is not 65 mn years-old as evolution is evident in its genes
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Living Fossil: African coelacanth is not 65 mn years-old as evolution is evident in its genes

The fish went on to earn the moniker 'living fossil' because of its anatomy that resembled fossilised records.

Starfish: Rare fossil helps answer the mystery of how they evolved arms
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Starfish: Rare fossil helps answer the mystery of how they evolved arms

Starfish and their close relatives the brittle stars belong to a group called the echinoderms that have spiny skins.

Crocodiles have remained largely unchanged since the last 200 million years
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Crocodiles have remained largely unchanged since the last 200 million years

It seems that crocodiles arrived at a body plan that was very efficient and versatile enough that they did not need to change or evolve in order to survive.

Flightless bird species were more diverse, common before human-driven extinctions
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Flightless bird species were more diverse, common before human-driven extinctions

Most islands on Earth had flightless birds on them before humans emerged as the dominant species.

Two Charles Darwin's books go missing form Cambridge University's library
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Two Charles Darwin's books go missing form Cambridge University's library

It was first listed missing in 2001 after the booked were moved to be photographed but were thought to be misplaced within the library itself.

Human, animal footprints dating back 1,20,000 years found in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert
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Human, animal footprints dating back 1,20,000 years found in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert

The fossils were first recorded for Homo sapiens outside of Africa between roughly 210 and 180 thousand years in southern Greece and the Levant.

Climate change wiped out Siberia's woolly brown rhinos 14,000 years ago, study of 14 fossils reveals
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Climate change wiped out Siberia's woolly brown rhinos 14,000 years ago, study of 14 fossils reveals

Though humans hunted the rhinos, their population remained steady for 12,000 years before an abrupt period of warming.

Bones of herbivorous dinosaur show it lived with malignant cancer, only to die in a flood
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Bones of herbivorous dinosaur show it lived with malignant cancer, only to die in a flood

The bone of the dinosaur was discovered in Alberta in 1989 and could be dated back to 76 million years ago.

Venus may have enough active volcanoes to form its own 'ring of fire', new study finds
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Venus may have enough active volcanoes to form its own 'ring of fire', new study finds

In proving that Venus is geographically active, scientists are looking to understand why Earth and Venus evolved so differently despite being so similar.

Our Neanderthal ancestors were most sensitive to pain than us; scientists specify genes responsible
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Our Neanderthal ancestors were most sensitive to pain than us; scientists specify genes responsible

People with the Neanderthal variant of the gene were found to experience 'pain more often than those who did not'.

Wild tales: In new book, Janaki Lenin explores fascinating animal behaviour through a scientific lens
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Wild tales: In new book, Janaki Lenin explores fascinating animal behaviour through a scientific lens

Janaki Lenin's book Every Creature Has a Story is a compilation of 50 essays on various unique behavioural patterns observed and documented by wildlife scientists across the globe.

Scientists discover snake-like venom producing dental glands in some of Brazil's amphibian species
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Scientists discover snake-like venom producing dental glands in some of Brazil's amphibian species

The caecilians likely use the venom to 'incapacitate its prey', the amphibians only have their mouth to lead them forward.

The Thing: Second-largest fossil egg ever found, from Antartica has scientists bewildered
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The Thing: Second-largest fossil egg ever found, from Antartica has scientists bewildered

While birds, crocodilians and many dinosaurs laid hard-shelled eggs, the Antarctic egg had a soft, parchment-like shell.