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How did the turtle get its shell?

August 8, 2019

Turtles are a beautiful mystery in the animal kingdom. Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to see…
Study reconstructs Neandertal ribcage, offers new clues to ancient human anatomy

November 9, 2018

An international team of scientists has completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most…
New research solves a 160 year old mystery about the origin of the vertebrate skeleton

August 2, 2018

Living vertebrates have skeletons built from four different tissue types: bone and cartilage (the main tissues that human…
Missing bones and our understanding of ancient biodiversity

July 17, 2018

Palaeontologists face an important question, ‘does the quality of fossil skeletons impact our understanding of biodiversity patterns in…
German skeleton team employs BMW’s wind tunnel to cut the last hundredth of a second

January 11, 2018

Skeleton is one of the most terrifying sports in existence. You lie down, head first, on a small…
Your bones affect your appetite—and your metabolism!

November 3, 2017

Your skeleton is much more than the structure supporting your muscles and other tissues. It produces hormones, too.…
Fossil skeleton confirms earliest primates were tree dwellers

May 31, 2017

Earth’s earliest primates dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to an analysis of a 62-million-year-old partial…
Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection

January 11, 2017

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of…
Evidence of a prehistoric massacre extends the history of warfare

January 22, 2016

Skeletal remains of a group of foragers massacred around 10,000 years ago on the shores of a lagoon…
Charting the growth of one of the world’s oldest babies

January 16, 2016

The discovery of a juvenile Chasmosaurus—one of the rarest dinosaur discoveries—made headlines around the world in late 2013.…
Growing stem cells faster on seaweed

December 2, 2015

Alginate forms a kind of supporting skeleton in the cell walls of certain kinds of algae. Fraunhofer scientists…
“Elementary, My Dear Watson!” Clues Revealed About an Ancient Case of Leprosy

September 23, 2015

Unidentified remains found in the English countryside and all signs point to the untimely death of a young…
Pre-reptile may be earliest known to walk upright on all fours

September 18, 2015

Wandering an arid region of the ancient supercontinent of Pangea about 260-million years ago, the pre-reptile Bunostegos akokanensis…
Modern technologies recreate missing leg for the skeleton of extinct quagga

July 30, 2015

The Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL is carrying out a project to restore a number of skeletons…
Kennewick Man closely related to Native Americans

June 27, 2015

DNA from the 8,500-year-old skeleton of an adult man found in 1996, in Washington, is more closely related…
Fossil ancestor shows sharks have a bony past

June 1, 2015

Most people know that sharks have a distinctive, all-cartilage skeleton, but now a fossil from Western Australia has…
Centuries-old DNA helps identify origins of slave skeletons found in Caribbean

March 10, 2015

A newly developed genetic technique enabled researchers to sequence DNA from the teeth of 300-year-old skeletons, helping to…
Viking families traveled together, research shows

December 10, 2014

A new study shows that when Vikings moved to new territories, men and women traveled together. Erika Hagelberg…
Otago researchers gain new insights into ancient Pacific settlers’ diet

March 6, 2014

Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago studying 3000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific…
Scientists unlock a ‘microbial Pompeii’

March 4, 2014

An international team of researchers including scientists from the University of York have discovered a ‘microbial Pompeii’ preserved…
Smithsonian scientists solve ‘sudden death at sea’ mystery

February 26, 2014

In this photo, Chilean and Smithsonian paleontologists study several fossil whale skeletons at Cerro Ballena next to the…
Americas only Clovis skeleton had its genome mapped

February 20, 2014

They lived in America about 13,000 years ago where they hunted mammoth, mastodons and giant bison with big…
TU München develops new sled for German skeleton pilot Anja Huber

February 14, 2014

Scientists at the Techinsche Universität München (TUM) have developed a new racing sled for the skeleton rider Anja…
Ancient reptile birth preserved in fossil

February 13, 2014

This is the maternal specimen with three embryos. Credit: PLoS ONE, Ryosuke Motani, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088640 Ichthyosaur fossil may show the…
America’s only Clovis skeleton genome offers clues to Native American ancestry

February 13, 2014

A large (approx. 255mm x 122mm) tabular core/ late-interval biface made of brown chert along with the beveled…
Update: Boy’s Skeleton In Siberia Raises New Questions About First Americans

November 27, 2013

Results from a DNA study of a young boy’s skeletal remains believed to be 24,000 years old could…
Physicists provide new insights into coral skeleton formation

October 30, 2013

An international team of scientists, led by physicists from the University of York, has shed important new light…
Samurai sword protein makes strategic cuts in cell skeletons

October 25, 2013

Carefully placed and timed cuts give cell skeletons the best pattern for a particular function…
Update: 1.8M-year-old skull gives glimpse of our evolution, suggests early man was single species

October 18, 2013

The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a…
Sinking teeth into the evolutionary origin of our skeleton

October 17, 2013

Did our skeletons evolve for protection or for violence? The earliest vestiges of our skeleton are encountered in…
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