“Sea spider fossils are very rare, but we know a few of them from different periods. One of the most remarkable fauna, by its diversity and its abundance, is the one of La Voulte-sur-Rhône that dates back to the Jurassic, some 160 million years ago.” Dr Romain Sabroux
During the Late Permian Period, just over 250 million years ago, South Africa was home to rhinesuchid temnospondyls, large predatory amphibians with bodies similar to crocodiles or big salamanders.
Popularly known as the “marsupial (or metatherian) sabertooth” because its extraordinarily large upper canines, Thylacosmilus lived in South America until its extinction about 3 million years ago.
In the broken dinosaur shin bone, the bone fractured along annual growth rings, which are very closely spaced. This animal grew slowly for many years. Image credit: Michael D’Emic
A global database has been created linking linguistic and genetic data entitled GeLaTo (Genes and Languages Together).
Keaton Tremble and Bryn Dentinger, PhD, have suggested that porcini mushrooms have evolved in surprising ways.
The evolution of woodiness is still happening today, particularly in these areas that are known as natural laboratories of evolution: islands.
The evolution of land plants caused a sudden shift in the composition of Earth’s continents.
“We found combinations of dental features that we’ve never seen in any other dinosaurs.” – Jingmai O’Connor,
“This finding suggests that Omicron is likely the result of an evolutionary process that created a highly transmissible virus that partially evades our antibody responses.” Maciej Boni