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The mystery of an ancient reptile with a ridiculously long neck

The Middle Triassic period, between 247 and 237 million years ago, was the age just before the rise of the dinosaurs and a time of great evolutionary innovation. The largest mass extinction event of all time, known as 'The Great Dying', destroyed almost all species... click to read more

  • Stephan Spiekman | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2021
A message in a bottle dating 250 million years ago

The phenomenon of plant groups originating in the tropics was observed by botanist George Ledyard Stebbins in 1973. He hypothesized that ecosystems in equatorial regions serve as "evolutionary cradles" that spawn new lineages at higher rates compared to ecosystems at higher latitudes. Especially those demanding... click to read more

  • Patrick Blomenkemper | PhD student at Institute of Geology and Palaeontology – Palaeobotany, University of Münster, Münster, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 20, 2019