Dickinsonia Fossil Mystery May Be Solved

Dickinsonia Fossil Mystery May Be Solved

Is the ancient, Ediacaran Period fossil Dickinsonia the earliest animal known? New research says it very well may be. At 558 million years old, Dickinsonia predates the Cambrian explosion of animal diversity and sheer number of species. There has been a decades-long debate over whether Dickinsonia is a fungus, an

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Evolution’s Horror is Subtle by Design

Evolution’s Horror is Subtle by Design

The odd and resonant Evolution is a beautiful and seductive slice of art-house horror. Written and directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović, the French-language film circles around its central mysteries without addressing them directly. Its elusive nature is one of its greatest strengths. Evolution left me wondering what the rest of the

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Oldest Known Lizard Found In Italy

Oldest Known Lizard Found In Italy

Megachirella wachtleri, a chameleon-sized reptile that lived 240 million years ago, was discovered in the Dolomites region of Italy about twenty years ago and promptly misclassified as another species. But recent studies of the tiny lizard fossil have revealed that it is not only a different animal—but one that existed

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Shark Fossil Clears the Waters on Common Ancestor

Shark Fossil Clears the Waters on Common Ancestor

Shark evolution is complicated, with many divergent branches and convergent features. However, a fossil discovered in Germany in 2001 is shedding a little more light on how it all played out. Paleontologists studying the creature called Gladbachus adentatus—which lived roughly 385 million years ago and represents a transitional species between

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