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Exploring the Earth and Animal Sciences

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Welcome to Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

I never cease to be awed by the splendor of the natural world, by the forces that shape the earth, and by the diversity and ingenuity of the life that populates it.

Animal | Vegetable | Mineral is a group where those who share this fascination can discuss the Earth and animal sciences of geology, volcanology, seismology, ecology, ethology, primatology, entymology—basically all the –ologies of the natural world. 
 

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Comment by Stephen on February 12, 2018 at 7:56pm

Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind's evolutionary journey 

Our ancestry is still not entirely clear, although there is strong evidence for specimens such as Ardipithecus ramidus, centre, being a direct ancestor or very close to our lineage.

Our ancestry is still not entirely clear, although there is strong evidence for specimens such as Ardipithecus ramidus, centre, being a direct ancestor or very close to our lineage. Illustration: Getty, Guardian Design Team

The path from ape to modern human is not a linear one. Hannah Devlin looks at what we know – and what might be next for our species 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/12/tracing-the-tangled-tr...

Comment by Mrs.B on February 11, 2018 at 3:21pm

Definitely looks more like walking than swimming.

Comment by Anti_Doone on February 11, 2018 at 3:18pm
Comment by Anti_Doone on February 11, 2018 at 3:17pm

"A recent research published in Cell, concludes that the ability to walk originated much earlier than what was thought previously. According to the study the first sea fish that developed the ability to walk did not venture out of the oceans and stayed put in deep waters. According to the study these creatures did not use their evolution to their advantage. The study was based on a genetic analysis of the brain cells of the little skate fish (Leucoraja erinacea), as it is one of the most primitive vertebrates (animals with a backbone). The study infers that the brain systems controlling the movement of this skate fish are very similar as of mammals and hence these sea creatures were the first to learn the behaviour similar to walking. Scientists recorded a video of little skate fish embryos making movements that mimic walking along the bottom of a fish tank."
Comment by Mrs.B on February 9, 2018 at 8:13pm

I'd like to have some of those!

Comment by Anti_Doone on February 9, 2018 at 7:58pm

Lithops, South African plants that have evolved to look like stones...

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Comment by Davy on February 9, 2018 at 12:45pm

It is one big giant jigsaw puzzle and with each piece of the puzzle being a jigsaw puzzle in itself and that makes it interesting to watch how the pieces slowly fall into place. 

Comment by Mrs.B on February 8, 2018 at 6:36pm

Endlessly amazing topic.

Comment by Stephen on February 8, 2018 at 6:33pm

Dinosaurs were 'too successful for their own good'

Dinosaurs were ‘too successful for their own good’

The migration of the dinosaurs across the globe was so rapid that it may have contributed to their demise, new research has found.

A study by University of Reading scientists for the first time reveals the paths taken by the dinosaurs as they expanded out of South America during their rise to world dominance. The research shows that the speed of this expansion meant that the dinosaurs quickly became cosmopolitan and subsequently ran out of land. This lack of space then seriously impeded their ability to produce new species.
The work, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, links to a previous Reading study that revealed the dinosaurs were in decline as a species 50 million years before the asteroid strike that finally wiped them out.
Ciara O'Donovan, evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading and lead author of the study, said: "Fossil evidence has shown us where the dinosaurs started out and where they died, but there is an important middle period that little was known about. Our research fills this gap in prehistory by revealing how the dinosaurs spread, how fast they moved and what directions they moved in through time.


Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-dinosaurs-successful-good.html#jCp

Comment by Mrs.B on February 7, 2018 at 10:24pm

Excellent.

 
 
 

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