Paleontology

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  1. illustration of a feathered theropod dinosaur eating a small furry mammal
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    Feathers may have helped dinosaurs survive the Triassic mass extinction

    New data show that dinosaurs were able to weather freezing conditions about 202 million years ago, probably thanks to warm feathery coats.

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  2. two museum works place a 8-meter-long model of a megalodon shark in a museum display
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    Megatooth sharks may have been higher on the food chain than any ocean animal ever

    Some megalodons and their ancestors were the ultimate apex predators, outeating all known marine animals, researchers report.

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  3. illustration of Vampyronassa rhodanica in pink with a blue background
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    Vampire squid are gentle blobs. But this ancestor was a fierce hunter

    New fossil analyses of 164-million-year-old ancestors of today’s vampire squid show the ancient cephalopods had muscular bodies and powerful suckers.

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  4. Illustration of the ancient beaverlike mammal Kimbetopsalis simmonsae
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    How mammals took over the world

    In the book The Rise and Reign of the Mammals, paleontologist Steve Brusatte tracks the evolutionary innovations that made mammals so successful.

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  5. illustration of megalodon about to eat a pod of toothed whales
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    Great white sharks may have helped drive megalodons to extinction

    Analyzing zinc levels in shark teeth hints that megalodons and great whites competed with each other for food.

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  6. illustration of Tupandactylus imperator
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    Pterosaurs may have had brightly colored feathers on their heads

    The fossil skull of a flying reptile hints that feathers originated about 100 million years earlier than scientists thought.

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  7. a fossil spider, with an inset showing the fossil in ultraviolet light that revealed a substance possibly produced by diatoms
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    Glowing spider fossils may exist thanks to tiny algae’s goo 

    Analyzing 22-million-year-old spider fossils from France revealed that they were covered in a tarry black substance that fluoresces.

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  8. triceratops
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    A hole in a Triceratops named Big John probably came from combat

    The nature of the wound and signs of healing suggest that the dinosaur's bony frill was impaled by a Triceratops rival.

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  9. Arctocyon primaevus skull
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    Mammals’ bodies outpaced their brains right after the dinosaurs died

    Fossils show that mammals’ brains and bodies did not balloon together. The animals’ brains grew bigger later.

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