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One of the largest and most terrifying predators to ever hunt upon the planet’s surface had funny-looking, pipsqueak arms. There, we said it. But just because Tyrannosaurus rex‘s tiny and seemingly disproportionate mini-arms were kind of ridiculous doesn’t mean they weren’t functional killing machines in their own right, new research suggests.   According to palaeontologist
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Earthquake rumbles under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland could be signs of an impending eruption by the country’s biggest volcano. Bárðarbunga, which stands 2,009 metres (6,591 ft) above sea level, is one of a number of volcanoes that geologists are carefully monitoring after a spate of recent earthquake activity – indicating that the pressure in
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A species of salamander that hasn’t been seen since 1975 has been rediscovered alive and kicking in Guatemala. The biologists who have spent years searching for it are understandably delighted, and it’s also potentially good news for the ecology of the region.   The juvenile Jackson’s climbing salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni), also known as the “golden
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The first feathered dinosaur ever found is still spilling its secrets. Sinosauropteryx was uncovered two decades ago, when a farmer in northeastern China unearthed a remarkable fossil while digging a well. The dinosaur’s ancient feathery fluff stunned experts and helped cement the idea that birds are living, avian dinosaurs.   Paleontologists continue to wring new
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An ancient sea dragon buried for 150 million years has been discovered by Indian researchers, and it’s thought to be the first time an ichthyosaur (Greek for “fish lizard”) from the Jurassic period has ever been found in India. Ichthyosaurs were ocean-dwelling predators that lived alongside dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era from around 250 million
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Scientists have spent the past 30 years carefully tracking evolution across more than 68,000 generations of E. coli bacteria – the equivalent of more than 1 million years of human evolution. The latest results suggest we might have been wrong about one of the fundamental aspects of how species evolve.   Traditionally, researchers predicted that the