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When animal put the first footprint on the earth?

  Trackways and burrows excavated in situ from the Ediacaran Dengying Formation (Image by NIGP)
  On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong put the first footprint on the moon. But when did animals leave the first footprint on Earth?
  Recently, an international research team reported discovering f...
Cyclic cold climate during the Nantuo Glaciation

  Stratigraphic logs of the Nantuo Formation from South China
  The Cryogenian Marinoan glaciation (~650 to 635Ma) is the most severe icehouse event that our planet ever experienced. In South China, the Marinoan glaciation is represented by Nantuo Formation. Geological and paleomagnetic evid...
200-million-year-old insect color revealed by fossil scales

  Can we know the color of a 200-million-year-old insect? Some people will say we can only imagine its actual color. But no! Scientists from China, Germany and the UK have new evidence to reveal the “true color” of fossil insects. The research was recently published in Science Advances.
When spiders had tails and started to spin?

  Spiders are one of nature’s success stories, with spider webs distributed in nearly every corner of the world. Recently, the discoveries from the ca. 100 million year old Burmese amber of Myanmar shed important light on where spiders may have evolved from.
  Photo of Chimerarachne yingi g...
When did Cyanobacteria Begin to Fix Nitrogen?

  For much of the earth history, cyanobacteria were the only source of biogenic oxygen and a major source of fixed carbon and nitrogen. However, it is still not clear when cyanobacteria began to fix nitrogen. The finding of new filamentous cyanobacterial fossil from ca. 1000–720 million-year-...
Nuclei and nucleoli can be preserved in embryo-like fossils from the Ediacaran Wengan Biota

  A seven-cell specimen of Tianzhushania
  Recently, Dr. YIN Zongjun from Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and his international colleagues from University of Bristol and Swedish Museum of Natural History published a research paper on nuclei structu...
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