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image: Image of the Day: Fossil Guts

Image of the Day: Fossil Guts

By | September 25, 2017

Scientists unearthed an intact, fossilized digestive organ of a 500-million-year-old trilobite—a prehistoric relative of the horseshoe crab.

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image: Image of the Day: 100-Million-Year-Old Flower

Image of the Day: 100-Million-Year-Old Flower

By | September 21, 2017

Scientists think dinosaurs brushed these ancient flowers into pools of tree resin, creating fossils preserved in amber.  

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image: Image of the Day: Ancient Traces

Image of the Day: Ancient Traces

By | September 13, 2017

Scientists uncovered 500-million-year-old fossilized burrows, up to 600 microns in diameter, made by one of the world’s first freely moving animals.

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image: Image of the Day: No Table Manners

Image of the Day: No Table Manners

By | August 24, 2017

Ancient bones of the newly described toothless, stout-nosed dolphin Inermorostrum xenops suggest that it slurped its food.

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image: Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 

Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 

By | May 10, 2017

Fossilized gas bubbles, formed from being trapped by microbial biofilms, provide the oldest signature of life in terrestrial hot springs.

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image: Image of the Day: Colorful Crystals

Image of the Day: Colorful Crystals

By | April 27, 2017

Thecla opisena butterfly wings get their unique luster from the crystalline structures in their scales (bottom right).

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image: Image of the Day: Bygone Blood Cells

Image of the Day: Bygone Blood Cells

By | April 11, 2017

These fossilized red blood cells (right), found in an ancient, blood-engorged Amblyomma tick (left), likely belonged to primates.

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image: Image of the Day: Ancient Worm

Image of the Day: Ancient Worm

By | April 10, 2017

Unlike related species, Ovatiovermis cribratus, a lobopodian from the Cambrian period, did not have a hard, protective shell.

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image: Image of the Day: Age-Old Algae

Image of the Day: Age-Old Algae

By | March 15, 2017

This 1.6 billion-year-old fossil, which resembles red algae, is the oldest plant-like fossil ever found.

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image: Image of the Day: Primordial Plants

Image of the Day: Primordial Plants

By | March 9, 2017

This ancient relative of the Ginkgo biloba (Umaltolepis mongoliensis) dates back 100 million years, to the early Cretaceous Period.

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