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Lengthy text on slab may unveil name of God or Goddess to whom Etruscans worshipped

Lengthy text on slab may unveil name of God or Goddess to whom Etruscans worshipped

A slab buried for more than 2,500 years is having rich details about Etruscan worship of a God or Goddess. Archeologists in Italy have discovered the inscribed slab from an Etruscan temple. The lengthy text inscribed in sandstone slab will provide a wealth of new information about the lost culture of the Etruscans.

Newly discovered Alaskan butterfly could shed light on Arctic’s geological history

Newly discovered Alaskan butterfly could shed light on Arctic’s geological history

According to researchers, a newly discovered butterfly species from Alaska may shed some more light on the pace of climate change. A study appeared last week in the Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera suggested that the Tanana Arctic, or Oeneis tanana, has probably evolved from an uncommon hybrid when two butterflies species mated prior to the last ice age.

Researchers Claim to Have Solved Prehistoric puzzle Surrounding Tully monster

Researchers Claim to Have Solved Prehistoric puzzle Surrounding Tully monster

Fossil hunters digging the soil near a creek in north-central Illinois have come across a remarkable discovery — Tully monster. They have found the preserved remnants of a prehistoric creature, which appears to be having a long, arm-like appendage extending from below with a pincer-like mouth and its wide-set eyes pointed towards stalks.

Scott Lidgard, a paleontologist at Chicago’s Field Museum, said the Tully monster, which is Illinois’ official state fossil, beyond doubt was “very, very bizarre”.

New dinosaur fossil uncovers how T. rex topped food chain

New dinosaur fossil uncovers how T. rex topped food chain

Tyrannosaurus rex, a 40 feet long behemoth killer dinosaur, topped the food chain over 70 million years ago. However a new study has revealed that in the state, the size of tyrannosaurs species was small, comparable to humans. The evolution of species into a much bigger size has surprised paleontologists.

Paleontologists unearthed a fossil in Uzbekistan, which revealed missing link in the evolution of T. rex. The fossil belongs to a tyrannosaur, which had characteristics like a T. rex, but it wasn’t 40 feet long.

Oldest Fossils of Pine Tree discovered at Bailey Quarry

Oldest Fossils of Pine Tree discovered at Bailey Quarry

A sample of new fossil has been found at Bailey Quarry outside Windsor. Researchers have stated that it resembles to pine tree, which are found mostly in Northern Hemisphere forests these days. The fossil was discovered in the quarry in Mantua by Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, of Royal Holloway, University of London.

Global environment change drove ichthyosaur to extinction

Global environment change drove ichthyosaur to extinction

Ichthyosaurs, an iconic group of marine predators from the dinosaur era, mysteriously met their demise before the mass extinction took place. Now, a study has unveiled as to what could have been the factors behind their end. The study team has blamed climate change and lack of diversity among ichthyosaurs to be the reasons.

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Ancient retroviruses that affected 28 of 50 modern mammals’ ancestors 15 to 30 million years ago discovered

Ancient retroviruses that affected 28 of 50 modern mammals’ ancestors 15 to 30 million years ago discovered

Boston College researchers have uncovered the worldwide spread of an ancient group of retroviruses that affected ancestors of roughly 28 of 50 modern mammals nearly 15 to 30 million years back.

Retroviruses are widespread and consists human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV-1 and -2) and human T-cell leukemia viruses. The findings of the scientists on a particular group of these viruses known as ERV-Fc have shown that they affected a large number of hosts, like species as diverse as primates, carnivores, and rodents. The results will appear in journal eLife.

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World’s Oldest Fungi existed even before Plant and Animal Life

World’s Oldest Fungi existed even before Plant and Animal Life

Researchers have discovered fossils of terrestrial fungi that may have played an important role in supporting early ecosystem at the time when our world was much different what we see today. The study on life of Tortotubus protuberans fungi, the world’s oldest terrestrial fossils, was published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society on Wednesday.

The oldest fossils came from North Africa, they date back to 445 million years, while most recent are about 385 million years old. The second oldest fossil is 5 million years younger than Tortotubus.

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Bite Style of Prehistoric Sea Bear and a Saber-Toothed Cat Resemble

Bite Style of Prehistoric Sea Bear and a Saber-Toothed Cat Resemble

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) researchers were surprised when they analyzed Smilodon, a saber-toothed cat during a study on feeding among clam-eating marine carnivores. However, from their recent findings the elusive cat had a jaw structure resembling that of a marine bear, which existed 20 million years ago. Both species were meat-eaters.

Fossil Discovered from China reveals Shrimp-like Creature’s Nervous System

Fossil Discovered from China reveals Shrimp-like Creature’s Nervous System

The fossil of a shrimp-like animal that thrived on our planet 520 million years ago has given researchers an opportunity to understand ancient nervous system. The remains unearthed from southern China are so well preserved that individual nerves are still visible.

A study team reported that it is one of the best preserved nervous systems ever discovered. It has been estimated that the ancient nervous system could reveal several things about animals’ evolution.

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