How Life Blossomed after the | Portside

In 2014, when Ian Miller and Tyler Lyson first visited Corral Bluffs, a fossil site 100 kilometers south of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where they work, Lyson was not impressed by the few vertebrate fossils he saw. But on a return trip later that year, he split open small boulders called concretions—and found dozens of skulls.

Source: How Life Blossomed after the Dinosaurs Died | Portside

Did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of ice-age animals? 

Based on research at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina, archaeologists present new evidence of a controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to Earth almost 13,000 years ago caused the extinction of many large animals and a probable population decline in early humans.

Source: Did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of ice-age animals? Archaeologist finds evidence in South Carolina to support controversial theory — ScienceDaily

Evolutionary biologist explains how studying evolution can help us understand impeachment 

Whatever you think about the potential – likely? – impeachment of Donald Trump (and I’m all for it), this development converges intriguingly with The Goodness Paradox, a fascinating 2018 book by anthropologist Richard Wrangham. In it, Wrangham makes the paradoxical suggestion that socially orchestra

Source: Evolutionary biologist explains how studying evolution can help us understand impeachment – Alternet.org

1 Billion Years of Evolution Illuminated by Genetic Sequencing of 1,100 Plants

Plants are evolutionary champions, dominating Earth’s ecosystems for more than a billion years and making the planet habitable for countless other life forms, including us. Now, scientists have completed a nine-year genetic quest to shine a light on the long, complex history of land plants and green

Source: 1 Billion Years of Evolution Illuminated by Genetic Sequencing of 1,100 Plants

New data on the evolution of plants and origin of species — ScienceDaily

There are over 500,000 plant species in the world today. They all evolved from a common ancestor. How this leap in biodiversity happened is still unclear. Researchers now present the results of a unique project on the evolution of plants. Using genetic data from 1,147 species the team created the most comprehensive evolutionary tree for green plants to date.

Source: New data on the evolution of plants and origin of species — ScienceDaily