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Woolly Mammoths Were Killed Off by Trees

Cavemen have been getting a bad rap long before that awful show based on the Geico commercials came out. For years we’ve taken it as gospel truth that the woolly mammoth was hunted to extinction by our hairy ancestors. Some scientists, however, are suggesting that what wiped out the mammoth was not hunting, but trees. …

5 Bizarre Dinosaurs

Scientists recently discovered a partially mummified hadrosaur in North Dakota that they are calling the closest thing we will ever get to a real dinosaur. The animal consisted not only of fossilized bone, but skin and tissue as well. The team hopes this will lead to major breakthroughs in paleontology, and it has already revealed …

Tyrannosaurus’ “Giant Turkey” Cousin

Two new species of dinosaur, a plant-eating behemoth and a relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex that has been described as looking like a massive featherless turkey, have been discovered by paleontologists. The two new species were found in separate digs in Argentina’s Patagonian region and China’s Gobi Desert. The Argentinian dinosaur, christened Futalognkosaurus dukei, was a …

Mastodon Genome Surrenders its Secrets

Newly extracted DNA from the tooth of a Mastodon has led to some fascinating insights into evolutionary history. Evolutionary biologist at the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany pieced together the first mastodon mitochondrial genome. The research shows that woolly mammoths are more closely related to Asian Elephants than African Elephants. It …