Tag Archives: Paleontology

Climate change doom teaches lesson for today

Scientists say rapidly warming oceans played a key role in the world’s biggest mass extinction, 252 million years ago, and could point to the risks that lie ahead in an era of similarly rapid climate change. The latest analysis, published in … Continue reading

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Fossil tells a whale of a tale about evolution

A whale that lived 33 million years ago when present-day Oregon was part of the ocean floor has been newly named after a curator at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. And Elizabeth Nesbitt’s whale isn’t … Continue reading

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Fossil hunters unveil Antarctica’s Triassic treasures

More than 100 fossil specimens at Seattle’s Burke Museum provide a fresh window into how life thrived in Antarctica about 250 million years ago, thanks to global warming. The slabs of rock document a time in the early Triassic Era when temperatures … Continue reading

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Burke Museum lifts curtain on T. rex skull

The only Tyrannosaurus rex skull to go on public display in Washington state is getting its unveiling at Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture – and the best part is that you can watch as more and more of … Continue reading

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Did Homo naledi co-exist with our species?

The paleontologists who discovered a previously unknown line of human ancestors in South Africa say that they’ve found more fossils — and that the species, known as Homo naledi, could have lived alongside our own species 250,000 years ago. The newly … Continue reading

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Scientists spur debate over First Americans

Scientists say the patterns of breakage in mastodon bones found 25 years ago near a San Diego highway suggest that humans battered the beast 130,000 years ago. That’s a shocker, because before now, the oldest widely accepted evidence of human habitation … Continue reading

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Toothy tumor found in 255 million-year-old fossil

A weird type of benign tumor has been discovered in an unlikely place: the fossilized jaw of a distant ancestor of present-day mammals that lived 255 million years ago. The tumor, known as a compound odontoma, is made up of … Continue reading

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