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    Extinct 'Marine Bear' Might Have Bit Like a Saber-Toothed Cat

    March 1, 2016

    New research suggests that the feeding strategy of Kolponomos, an enigmatic shell-crushing marine predator that lived about 20 million years ago, was strangely similar to a very different kind of carnivore: the saber-toothed cat Smilodon.

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    The Prolonged Death of Light from Type Ia Supernovae

    February 24, 2016

    Three years after its explosion, a type Ia supernova continues to shine brighter than expected, new research finds. The observations suggest that the powerful explosions produce an abundance of a heavy form of cobalt that gives the heat from nuclear decay an extra energy boost. 

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    Dodos Might Have Been Quite Intelligent

    February 23, 2016

    New research suggests that the dodo, an extinct bird whose name has entered popular culture as a symbol of stupidity, was actually fairly smart.

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    Mysterious Extinct Glyptodonts Are Actually Gigantic Armadillos

    February 22, 2016

    New research reveals that the evolutionary history of glyptodonts—huge, armored mammals that went extinct in the Americas at the end of the last ice age—is unexpectedly brief. The work confirms that glyptodonts likely originated less than 35 million years ago from ancestors within lineages leading directly to one of the modern armadillo families. 

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    100-Million-Year-Old Amber Preserves Oldest Animal Societies

    February 11, 2016

    Fighting ants, giant solider termites, and foraging worker ants recently discovered in 100-million-year-old amber provide direct evidence for advanced social behavior in ancient ants and termites—two groups that are immensely successful because of their ability to organize in hierarchies.

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    Researchers Sequence First Bedbug Genome

    February 2, 2016

    Scientists have assembled the first complete genome of one of humanity’s oldest, and least-loved, companions: the bedbug. The new work, led by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine, could help combat pesticide resistance in the unwelcome parasite. The data also provide a rich genetic resource for mapping bedbug activity in human hosts and in cities, including subways.

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    Science, Research

    Leech Named for Best-selling Author Amy Tan

    January 21, 2016

    Museum researchers have named a new leech after best-selling author Amy Tan based on an innovative method for peering inside soft-bodied animals.

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    AMNH Announces New Exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us

    January 20, 2016

    Dinosaurs Among Us will examine how one group of dinosaurs evolved into the fascinating living creatures we call birds. The exhibition will highlight the continuities between living dinosaurs—birds—and their extinct ancestors, showcasing remarkable new evidence for what scientists now call one of the best-documented evolutionary transitions in the history of life.