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New lizard species found in guts of microraptor

New lizard species found in guts of microraptor

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July 11 (UPI) -- Paleontologists in China have recovered the complete remains of an ancient lizard from the stomach of a volant dromaeosaurid species, Microraptor zhaoianus, a small, bird-like dinosaur. According to a new paper published in the journal Current Biology, the lizard specimen comprises a new species, Indrasaurus wangi, named after Wang Yuan, director of the Paleozoological Museum of China. The lizard's scientific name is an homage to a Vedic legend in which Indra, the Hindu god of the heavens, lightning, thunder and storms, is swallowed by a dragon during a dramatic battle. Paleontologists recovered the microraptor and lizard from the Jiufotang Formation. Fossils from Jiufotang Formation and the slightly older Yixian Formation comprise what's known as the Jehol Biota, the di...
Earliest modern human found outside Africa

Earliest modern human found outside Africa

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Researchers have found the earliest example of our species (modern humans) outside Africa.A skull unearthed in Greece has been dated to 210,000 years ago, at a time when Europe was occupied by the Neanderthals.The sensational discovery adds to evidence of an earlier migration of people from Africa that left no trace in the DNA of people alive today.The findings are published in the journal Nature.Researchers uncovered two significant fossils in Apidima Cave in Greece in the 1970s.One was very distorted and the other incomplete, however, and it took computed tomography scanning and uranium-series dating to unravel their secrets.The more complete skull appears to be a Neanderthal. But the other shows clear characteristics, such as ...
More than 260 dead dolphins found on Gulf Coast since February

More than 260 dead dolphins found on Gulf Coast since February

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Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating why bottlenose dolphins are stranding themselves at an unusually high rate in the Northern Gulf of Mexico this year Excessive freshwater in the gulf from the Mississippi River flooding could be to blame. More than 260 dolphins have stranded themselves across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle since the beginning of February, which is approximately three-times higher than the historical average, NOAA said. A Mississippi scientist said the spillway opening is at least partly to blame for 126 dolphin deaths across Mississippi's coastline, CBS News reports. These strandings prompted the declaration of an unusual mortality event. or UME. Unusual mortality events are defined as "a stra...
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, other charges

Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, other charges

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June 11 (UPI) -- A California jury found former NFL player Kellen Winslow II guilty of rape, indecent exposure and misdemeanor lewd conduct charges while still deadlocked over eight other counts of sexual assault. The San Diego Superior Court jury also acquitted the 35-year-old on Monday of a second lewd conduct charge, KUSI reported. He was found guilty of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last May, exposing himself to another woman that same month and fondling himself in front of a 77-year-old woman last March. He still faces charges in connection to the rape and kidnapping of a 54-year-old hiker last March and of raping an unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003 when he was 19. Winslow was arrested in June 2018 on suspicion of kidnapping and raping the hitchhiker and the two separate 2...
Ultimate limit of human endurance found

Ultimate limit of human endurance found

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The ultimate limit of human endurance has been worked out by scientists analysing a 3,000 mile run, the Tour de France and other elite events.They showed the cap was 2.5 times the body's resting metabolic rate, or 4,000 calories a day for an average person.Anything higher than that was not sustainable in the long term.The research, by Duke University, also showed pregnant women were endurance specialists, living at nearly the limit of what the human body can cope with.The study started with the Race Across the USA in which athletes ran 3,080 miles from California to Washington DC in 140 days.Competitors were running six marathons a week for months, and scientists were investigating the effect on their bodies. ...