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Paleontologist names 9-foot-long 'predator croc' that preceded dinosaurs
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech paleontologist Sterling Nesbitt's latest addition to the paleontological vernacular is Nundasuchus, a 9-foot-long carnivorous reptile with steak knife-like teeth and bony plates on the back.

Antiquity of dairying on Emerald Isle revealed
(University of Bristol) New research from the University of Bristol, UK has revealed the antiquity of dairy farming in Ireland.

Tiny plant fossils a window into Earth's landscape millions of years ago
(University of Washington) A team led by the University of Washington has discovered a way to determine the tree cover and density of trees, shrubs and bushes in locations over time based on clues in the cells of plant fossils preserved in rocks and soil. Quantifying vegetation structure throughout time could shed light on how the Earth's ecosystems changed over millions of years.

Out of the pouch: Ancient DNA from extinct giant roos
(University of Adelaide) Scientists have finally managed to extract DNA from Australia's extinct giant kangaroos -- the mysterious marsupial megafauna that roamed Australia over 40,000 years ago.

Yabba dabba d'oh! Stone Age man wasn't necessarily more advanced than the Neanderthals
(University of Montreal) A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behavior. 'This is the first time a multi-purpose bone tool from this period has been discovered. It proves that Neanderthals were able to understand the mechanical properties of bone and knew how to use it to make tools, abilities usually attributed to our species, Homo sapiens,' said Luc Doyon.

Meet the chemist that transformed medicine (and foiled the Nazis along the way)
(American Chemical Society) Since ancient times, scientists have tried to peek inside the living body. Chemist George de Hevesy's work in this area transformed medicine -- his discovery of radioactive tracers earned him a Nobel Prize. He also happened to trick the Nazis along the way. For these and other amazing stories from the history of chemistry, check out the latest episode of Reactions' new Legends of Chemistry series:

World's oldest butchering tools gave evolutionary edge to human communication
(University of California - Berkeley) Two and a half million years ago, our hominin ancestors in the African savanna crafted rocks into shards that could slice apart a dead gazelle, zebra or other game animal. Over the next 700,000 years, this butchering technology spread throughout the continent and, it turns out, came to be a major evolutionary force.

Study of ancient dogs in the Americas yields insights into human, dog migration
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A new study suggests that dogs may have first successfully migrated to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after the first human migrants crossed a land bridge from Siberia to North America.

Study casts doubt on mammoth-killing cosmic impact
(University of California - Davis) Rock soil droplets formed by heating most likely came from Stone Age house fires and not from a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The study, of soil from Syria, is the latest to discredit the controversial theory that a cosmic impact triggered the Younger Dryas cold period.

New research dishes the dirt on the demise of a civilization
(University of Cincinnati) At a national meeting, researchers report that it's the dirt that's resulting in a new look at farming in the Dark Age.

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