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    Early Trilobites had Stomachs

    September 21, 2017

    Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils from China, dating back to more than 500 million years ago, have revealed new insights into the extinct marine animal’s digestive system.

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    Scientists Challenge DNA Sequencing Dogma

    July 31, 2017

    Next-generation sequencing has revolutionized the biological sciences, but a study published today in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that a favored sequencing method for measuring microbial biodiversity is not as accurate as once thought.

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    Extinct Mammal That Stumped Darwin Gets Place on Tree of Life

    June 27, 2017

    For the first time, scientists have recovered ancient DNA from one of the more puzzling species to have lived during the last ice age, Macrauchenia patachonica, allowing researchers to map its relationships and place it within a group that includes horses, rhinos, and tapirs.

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    AMNH Announces Inside You

    June 21, 2017

    Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health.

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    Citizen Scientists Uncover New World Near Sun

    June 2, 2017

    A new citizen-science tool released earlier this year to help astronomers pinpoint new worlds lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system has already led to a discovery: a brown dwarf a little more than 100 light years away from the Sun.

  • This photo shows a fossilized beetle with a brown-colored and bumpy exoskeleton. The scale bar indicates that the specimen is about 8 millimeters long
  • This magnified image shows a single green-tinted transparent egg in water with a salamander embryo inside