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Paleontologists Discover Three New Fossil Primates

Paleontologists at the University of Texas at Austin have identified three new species of omomyine primates that lived between 42 and 46 million years ago (Eocene epoch). Artist’s rendering of what Ekwiiyemakius walshi, Gunnelltarsius randalli and Brontomomys cerutti might have looked like. Image credit: Randy Kirk, University of Texas at …

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Researchers Find Ancient Parasitic Wasps in Fossil Fly Pupae

A research team led by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology scientist Thomas van de Kamp has found ancient parasitoid wasps lurking inside 55 mineralized fly pupae from the Paleogene period (66-23 million years ago). Illustration of a female Xenomorphia resurrecta ovipositing into a puparium. Image credit: van de Kamp et al, …

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Jurassic Mammal Precursor Had Tiny Brain

A team of paleontologists from the University of Texas at Austin has uncovered fossils of an adult female Kayentatherium wellesi — an extinct tritylodontid cynodont that lived alongside dinosaurs about 185 million years ago (Jurassic period) — and her babies (at least 38 individuals). The find is among the best …

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Vorombe titan: Researchers Name World’s Largest Ever Bird

After decades of conflicting evidence and numerous publications, a team of researchers at the Zoological Society of London’s Institute of Zoology has finally put the ‘world’s largest bird’ debate to rest. An artist’s illustration of a giant elephant bird. Image credit: Jaime Chirinos. Elephant birds are members of the extinct …

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New Species of Prehistoric Short-Tailed Bird Found in China

Paleontologists have found the remains — the well-preserved complete skeleton and feathers — of a short-tailed bird that lived 127 million years ago (Early Cretaceous epoch) in northeastern China. Jinguofortis perplexus. Image credit: Chung-Tat Cheung. The ancient bird, dubbed Jinguofortis perplexus, had a body mass of 250 g, a wing …

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