First Mariana Islanders Came from Philippines, New Study Shows

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In new research, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Australian National University and the University of Guam analyzed ancient DNA from two humans who lived on Guam 2,200 years ago and found that their ancestry is linked to the Philippines. Moreover, they are closely related to ancient humans… […]

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99-Million-Year-Old Fossil Flower Found Encased in Burmese Amber

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A team of paleontologists from Oregon State University and the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found a new genus and species of fossil angiosperm in the mid-Cretaceous amber deposits of Myanmar. The new fossil flower, named Valviloculus pleristaminis, belongs to the order Laurales, its closest affinities… […]

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Possible New Species of Tree Hyrax Discovered

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Zoologists believe they have found a previously unknown species of tree hyrax in the Taita Hills, Kenya. Tree hyraxes, members of the genus Dendrohyrax, are medium-sized (3-5 kg) mammals native to Africa. Also known as tree dassie, these animals are sometimes active by day, but, for the main part, they are… […]

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Astronomers Observe Bright Relativistic Jet from Distant Blazar

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Astronomers have observed a bright one-sided jet of material ejected at three-quarters the speed of light from the core of the blazar PSO J030947.49+271757.31 (hereafter PSO J0309+27). Blazars are active galactic nuclei with relativistic jets of matter speeding towards us almost head-on at the speed of light. They glow not just… […]

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Fleas are Parasitic Scorpionflies, Genetic Analysis Reveals

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Fleas are not a separate insect order, as previously thought, and are a lineage of scorpionflies, which evolved when they started feeding on the blood of vertebrates sometime between 290 and 165 million years ago (Permian to Jurassic periods), according to a new genetic analysis of fleas and related insects. Fleas… […]

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