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Early meat-eater may have led to larger plant-eaters

The 300-million-year-old meat-eating Eocasea martini (full animal in this illustration) may have made it possible for larger plant-eaters such as Cotylorhynchus (illustrated footprint shown) to exist.

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The newly identified Eocasea martini didn’t inspire the adult beverage that shares its name, but the small barrel-bodied creature may have set the stage for later, much larger animals to become plant-eaters.

A roughly 300 million-year-old fossil of E. martini found in Kansas suggests that the early proto-mammal munched on meat. But species similar in body structure that came after E. martini were vegetarians, which could mean that the later plant-lovers evolved from the smaller, earlier meat-eaters of the group, researchers report April 15 in PLOS ONE.     

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Genetics,, Human Development

Down’s syndrome goes beyond chromosome 21

By Ashley Yeager 6:20pm, April 16, 2014
A genetic analysis suggests that the DNA changes linked to Down's syndrome happen on all chromosomes, not just the 21st.
Paleontology,, Animals

Fish gill fossils gnaw at ideas of jaw evolution

By Ashley Yeager 1:45pm, April 16, 2014

Bony fishes, not modern sharks, may provide a better understanding of the earliest jawed animals and the evolution of the jaw itself.

Quantum Physics

Excitons' motions captured in images

By Ashley Yeager 12:45pm, April 16, 2014
Scientists have observed how quasiparticles called excitons move.
Planetary Science,, Astronomy

Saturn may be getting a new moon

By Ashley Yeager 2:36pm, April 15, 2014
An icy object within Saturn's rings may be a new moon in the making.
Genetics

Modern hunter-gatherers' guts host distinct microbes

By Ashley Yeager 12:27pm, April 15, 2014
A healthy collection of gut bacteria depends on the environment in which people live and their lifestyle, research shows.
Clinical Trials,, Biomedicine,, Health

Hepatitis C treatment appears extremely effective

By Ashley Yeager 12:24pm, April 14, 2014
A mix of four medications has provided the most effective way to date to counter the hepatitis C virus in humans.
Cells,, Genetics

How cells keep from popping

By Ashley Yeager 2:43pm, April 11, 2014
The protein SWELL1 stops cells from swelling so much that they burst, a new study shows.
Earth

Huge space rock rattled Earth 3 billion years ago

By Ashley Yeager 12:28pm, April 10, 2014
An asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island may have plowed into Earth 3.26 billion years ago, leaving its mark in South Africa’s Barberton greenstone belt.
Microbiology,, Microbes

Amoebas’ munching may cause diarrheal disease

By Ashley Yeager 5:20pm, April 9, 2014
Amoebas biting and swallowing pieces of human cells may be what causes amebic dysentery, a potentially fatal diarrheal disease in the developing world.
Quantum Physics

Small step taken for quantum communication

By Ashley Yeager 1:07pm, April 9, 2014
A single atom can change the state of a photon, which may help build quantum networks.
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