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“Astonishing” 500-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Brains Prompt a Rethink of the Evolution of Insects and Spiders

Stanleycaris hirpex

Stanleycaris hirpex. Credit: Sabrina Cappelli © Royal Ontario Museum An ancient radiodont predator with three eyes reveals key information about the evolution of the arthropod body plan. New research based on a cache of fossils that contains the brain and nervous system of a half-billion-year-old marine predator from the Burgess Shale called Stanleycaris has been …

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Extinct Creatures Fill Puzzling Gap in the Fossil Record

Extinct Creatures Fill Puzzling Gap in the Fossil Record

Artistic reconstruction of the yunnanozoan from the Cambrian Chengjiang biota shows basket-like pharyngeal skeletons. Credit: Dinghua Yang Research reveals yunnanozoans as the oldest known stem vertebrates. New findings answer questions in the fossil record. The puzzling gap in the fossil record that would explain the evolution of invertebrates to vertebrates has long perplexed scientists. Vertebrates …

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A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth’s Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

A Disturbing Shift Has Affected Earth's Delicate Energy Balance, Scientists Report

Our living planet is unique among all we’ve been able to explore in the Universe so far. From our axial tilt preventing too many temperature extremes, to our goldilocks zone position, life on Earth depends on many finely balanced, interwoven cycles that come together to produce the exact circumstances we need to thrive.   One …

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‘Wait for your mind to be blown’: James Webb Space Telescope to show the universe as it has never been seen before | Science & Tech News

Carina Nebula. Pic: NASA

Ahead of the biggest premiere the world of astronomy has ever seen, NASA has published the cosmic A-list that will be appearing through the lens of its colossal new space telescope. And it’s not just stars. There are galaxies, a planet too, and what promises to be the deepest view back in time that humanity …

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