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  • Unicorn Fossil origins in China Confirmed (Photos)

    06/28/2013 9:10:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Examiner ^ | JUNE 22, 2013 | Paul Hamaker
    The original unicorn was actually an ancient rhinoceros according to research conducted by Dr. Tao Deng from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that was presented in the June 21, 2013, issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin. The fossils of the first ever discovered skull of Sinotherium lagrelii were found in the Linxia Basin in northwestern China and date to the Late Miocene about seven million years ago.
  • Three-toed horses reveal the secret of the Tibetan Plateau uplift

    04/29/2012 3:17:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
    The Tibetan Plateau has gradually risen since the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate at about 55 Ma. Regardless of the debates over the rising process and elevation of the plateau, there is no doubt that the Himalayas have appeared as a mountain range since the Miocene, with the appearance of vegetation vertical zones following thereafter. Open grasslands per se have no direct relationship to elevation, because they can have different elevations in different regions of the world, having a distribution near the sea level to the extreme high plateaus. On the other hand, the southern margin of the...
  • Ancient teeth show how big cats lived with bear dogs: Both species preyed on wild boar, horses

    11/10/2012 5:48:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    CBC News ^ | Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | unattributed
    New research has uncovered how saber-toothed cats and bear dogs managed to cohabitate peacefully more than nine million years ago. A team of paleontologists from the University of Michigan and the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Spain took tooth enamel samples from two species of sabre-toothed cats and one species of bear dog that had been unearthed at sites near Madrid. By analyzing the enamel and determining what the animals ate, the scientists were able to understand how they lived together in a woodland region... By analyzing what they ate, researchers surmised the leopard-sized cats and the bear dogs...