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54 Million Years Old Primate Bones in Gujarat Reiterate Mysterious, Isolated Gondwanaland Puzzle

A cache of ancient bones, exquisitely preserved, were found in a left-over coal mine in Gujarat, which appear to be the most primitive primate bones yet discovered, according to an analysis led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University and Des Moines University. More than that, the Gujarat primates date back to a time when what is now India was ...

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Decoding Evolution of Large Brains in Primates Helps Study Human Traces

Reconstruction of ancient kiwi-sized primate skulls helped University of Florida researchers to solve an age-old miystery of evolution of large brains in apes into human species. University of Florida paleontologists found clues in lemur-like primate skulls from the tropical forests of Wyoming about 50 million years ago, thought to be a link between primitive and advanced primates. Arianna Harrington, a ...

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Mummification Prevalent in Bronze Age Britain: Study

Based on microscopic bone analysis of British skeletons, researchers said Britons too mummified their dead during the Bronze Age and they practised exotic, novel and bizarre funerary rituals, said archaeologists at the University of Sheffield. Dr Tom Booth analysed skeletons at several Bronze Age burial sites across the UK and a collaborative team from the University of Sheffield found that ...

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Rosetta Landing on Comet Top Breakthrough of 2014

The landing of European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft on a comet tops the list of 10 breakthroughs of 2014, the prestigious journal Science announced in its December issue. Rosetta and its lander module Philae made major headlines in November when Philae touched down on the surface of the speeding comet. The landing was rougher than expected as Philae bounced off ...

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54 Million Years Old Fossils Found, Solve Age-Old Riddles, Establish India was Once Isolated Gondwana Island

Some newly discovered fossils of the horse, the rhino and the tapir led researchers to solve age-old riddles concerning the common ancestor for the these animals. More than that the fossils reiterate the contention that India, ancient Gondwana island, was once separated from the mainland. The animals group likely to have originated on the subcontinent when it was still an ...

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