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CT Scan and 3-D Print Help Scientists Reconstruct an Ancient Mollusk

CT Scan and 3-D Print Help Scientists Reconstruct an Ancient Mollusk

Using a combination of traditional and innovative model-building techniques, scientists in the U.S. and a specialist in Denmark have created a lifelike reconstruction of an ancient mollusk, offering a vivid portrait of a creature that lived about 390 million years ago, and answering questions about its place in the tree of life, as described in the Sept. 18 edition of the journal Palaeontology.

Mammals First Evolved Big Brains for Better Sense of Smell

Mammals First Evolved Big Brains for Better Sense of Smell

Mammals first evolved their characteristic large brains to enable a stronger sense of smell, according to a new study in the journal Science.

Anthropologist Discovers New Fossil Primate Species in West Texas

Physical anthropologist Chris Kirk has announced the discovery of a previously unknown species of fossil primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, in the Devil’s Graveyard badlands of West Texas.

New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

A new species of dinosaur discovered in Arizona suggests dinosaurs did not spread throughout the world by overpowering other species, but by taking advantage of a natural catastrophe that wiped out their competitors.

Famous Fossil Lucy Scanned at The University of Texas at Austin, Offers New Insights into Ancient Human Ancestor

Famous Fossil Lucy Scanned at The University of Texas at Austin, Offers New Insights into Ancient Human Ancestor

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, have completed the first high-resolution CT scan of the world's most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago.

New Fossil Reveals Primates Lingered in Texas; Climate Provided Refuge for Diminishing Population

New Fossil Reveals Primates Lingered in Texas; Climate Provided Refuge for Diminishing Population

More than 40 million years ago, primates preferred Texas to northern climates that were significantly cooling, according to new fossil evidence discovered by Chris Kirk, physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin.