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Humans not the only primate species to bury their dead!

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Scientists have just published new research that will shake up our understanding of the progress of human evolution and even pose new questions about our identity. The team has called this new species of human relative "Homo naledi," and they say it appears to have buried its dead -- a behavior scientists previously thought was limited to humans. Standing at the entrance to the cave where the fossils were found, Lee Berger (lead author on the paper) said: "We have just encountered another species that perhaps thought about its own mortality, and went to great risk and effort to dispose...

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Siri Scientific Press Prize Winners 29 ECA

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Congratulations to Eva Liznarova (Czech Republic) and Luka Katusic (Italy) who received Siri Scientific Press book tokens as prize winners for their presentations at the 29th European Congress of Arachnology, held in Brno, Czech Republic, which included 173 participants from all over the world (42 different countries). Eva's talk was titled: Is prey-capture efficiency innate or gained by experience in a specialised spider? Kuka's talk was titled: An overview on the Croatian spider fauna. Congratulations to both! Anybody interested in learning more about the cutting edge of spider research, presented at such meetings, should take a look at our edited...

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A new genus of British dinosaur!

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A new genus of British dinosaur has just been formally erected for Polacanthus rudgwickensis described by William T Blows in 1996. The specimen consists of one nearly complete dorsal vertebra, a dorsal vertebral centrum, an anterior caudal vertebra, fragments of other vertebrae, the proximal end of the left scapula with a fused coracoid fragment, a distal end of a humerus, a nearly complete right tibia, rib fragments, two dermal bones and many small fragments. Dorsal vertebra of the new genus in posterior, lateral and anterior views The new genus, Horshamosaurus Blows, 2015 is formally erected, justified and diagnosed, along with...

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Computer CGI brings fossil amber insects back to life

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We are all familiar with CGI images of dinosaurs on our TV screens, but few may be aware that the same technology has been used to bring fossil insects 'back to life' as well! New research just published in the journal Arthropod Structure & Development (click here) revisits the fossilized larva of a green lacewing Hallucinochrysa diogenesi preserved in Cretaceous amber from Spain, originally described in 2012. The new article expands on the presumed behaviour of this species and includes a CGI video reconstruction of the larva in action. The video can be viewed by clicking here. This remarkable fossil...

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Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA) 2015

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The Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA) 2015, for which we are official sponsors, is currently underway at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. SSP would like to wish the organizers and all delegates a successful and enjoyable meeting. Don't forget to check out some of our recent vertebrate palaeontology titles:      

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