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A new Late Cretaceous amber biota found from central Myanmar

  In the past ten years, many important discoveries have been reported from Burmese amber. The well-known Burmese amber, also called Kachin amber, was from Kachin area of north Myanmar, with a geological age of ~98.8 Ma. However, very few geological investigations has been carried out for Kach...
 
Earliest starch fossils helped build an ancient world

  Everyone loves a nice plate of pasta. After all, starch is the ultimate energy food. Now, we have proof that carbo-loading has been a thing for at least 280 million years.
  A team from NIGPAS, University of Münste, Germany and some other institutions has discovered the oldest unequivocal...
 
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.
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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...
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