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Dinosaur feathers reveal traces of ancient proteins

Palaeontologists at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have discovered X-ray evidence of proteins in fossil feathers that sheds new light on feather evolution. Previous...

Parasitic plant manipulates hosts to grow into its own flesh – An extreme example of genome shrinkage

Balanophora shed one third of its genes as it evolved into a streamlined parasitic plant -- an extreme degree of genome shrinkage even among...

Genomes of enigmatic tusk shells provide new insights into early molluscan evolution

Accurate phylogenetic trees are fundamental to evolutionary and comparative biology, but the almost simultaneous emergence of major animal phyla and diverse body plans during...

Chinese paleontologists find new fossil link in bird evolution

Birds descended from theropod dinosaurs by the Late Jurassic, but our understanding of the earliest evolution of the Avialae, the clade comprising all modern...

Ancient skull unearthed in China challenges Human Family Tree

In an intriguing archaeological discovery, a 300,000-year-old skull found in eastern China has left scientists puzzled, as it doesn't neatly fit into any known...

Three-eyed distant relative of insects and crustaceans reveals amazing detail of early animal evolution

A team from the University of Leicester, Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology and the Institute of Palaeontology at Yunnan University, Chengjiang Fossil Museum, and...