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Fossils suggest animals and not a meteorite wiped out planet’s first ‘Ediacarans’ microbes | Daily Mail Online

By Ellie Zolfagharifard for DailyMail.com | September 3, 2015 Did critters cause Earth’s first mass extinction? Fossils suggest animals and not a meteorite wiped out planet’s first microbes Earth’s first ever mass extinction event took place 540 million years ago This is when Ediacarans – immobile, tube-like creatures – were wiped out Some evolved into animals such as, mollusks, anthropoids and jellyfish It was these hungry creatures that killed off early Ediacarans, …

Iguana Relative Shows How Lizards Spread Worldwide

By Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | September 1, 2015 An 80-million-year-old lizard discovered in southern Brazil has provided a surprising clue about how these reptiles evolved, and where they once lived, according to a new study. Until now, researchers had found acrodontans only in the Old World, including Africa and Asia. (This is a type of lizard is called an iguanian that has teeth fused to the top of its jaws, a group that includes chameleons and bearded dragons.) But the newfound fossil, a …

Giant lion find in Outback NT | NT News

By David Sibenaler | August 25, 2015 AN 8 million-year-old marsupial lion bone has been found at an ancient fossil bed in Central Australia. The site at Alcoota Scientific Reserve will be visited by researchers next month attending the 15th Conference of Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) in Alice Springs. The Pleistocene Marsupial Lion is the largest meat-eating mammal to have lived in Australia, and one of the largest marsupial carnivores the world has …

Herbarium’s team looks out for new and disappearing species

From www.straitstimes.com | July 10, 2015 Singapore Botanic Gardens was made a Unesco World Heritage site last week, becoming just one of three gardens in the world, and the only one in Asia, to earn that honour. The Straits Times speaks to the passionate men and women helming plant research there. Displayed in the Botanic Gardens’ herbarium is a sprig of jasmine that has been preserved for more than 200 years. Collected by missionaries in India in the year 1790, the plant was brought to …