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Paleontology - Life Sciences - 26.07.2017
Large-Mouthed Fish Was Top Predator After Mass Extinction
Possible look of the newly discovered predatory fish species Birgeria americana with the fossil oft he skull shown at bottom right (Artwork: Nadine Bösch) The most catastrophic mass extinction on Earth took place about 252 million years ago - at the boundary between the Permian and Triassic geological periods.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 09.08.2016
Origin of the turtle shell lies in digging
Origin of the turtle shell lies in digging
In today's turtles the shell has a key protective function. The animals can withdraw into it and protect themselves against predators. No other group of vertebrates has modified its physique to such an extent to develop an impenetrable protective structure. “For a long time, paleontologists and developmental biologists puzzled over the origin of the tortoise shell,? explains Torsten Scheyer, a paleontologist at the University of Zurich.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 21.08.2014
Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds
Media Releases Research Using Synchrotron Light New analyses of tiny fossil mammals from South Wales are shedding light on the function and diets of our earliest ancestors, a team led by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Leicester report . The team used CT scanning with synchrotron X-rays at PSI's Swiss Light Source to reveal in unprecedented detail the internal anatomy of the mammals' tiny jaws.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 18.08.2011
Getting inside the mind (and up the nose) of our ancient ancestors
Getting inside the mind (and up the nose) of our ancient ancestors
Reorganisation of the brain and sense organs could be the key to the evolutionary success of vertebrates, one of the great puzzles in evolutionary biology, according to a paper by an international team of researchers, published today in Nature.