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Sweet Potatoes May Have Originated in Asia

57-milion-year-old leaf fossils from eastern India suggest that the worldwide-distributed morning glory family (Convolvulaceae), which includes sweet potatoes and many other plants, originated in the late Paleocene epoch in the East Gondwana land mass that became part of Asia. The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas). Image credit: Llez / CC BY-SA …

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Magyarosuchus fitosi: 180 Million-Year-Old Fossil is ‘Missing Link’ in Crocodile Evolution

Paleontologists have discovered a fossil of a 180-million-year-old crocodyliform that they say is a long-sought missing link in the evolution of some ancient crocodiles to dolphin-like creatures. An artist’s impression of Magyarosuchus fitosi. Image credit: Marton Szabo. Dubbed Magyarosuchus fitosi, the ancient crocodile lived during the Early Jurassic epoch in …

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Earliest ‘Baleen Whales’ Had Large Teeth and Gums

The discovery of Llanocetus denticrenatus — an ancient whale species that swam in Antarctic waters 34 million years ago, during a period called the Eocene — has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales (Mysticeti). A life-like reconstruction of Llanocetus denticrenatus. Image credit: Carl Buell. …

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New Carnivorous Dinosaur Unveiled: Tratayenia rosalesi

A partial skeleton of a megaraptorid dinosaur unearthed over a decade ago in northwestern Patagonia, Argentina, has been recognized as belonging to a new species. Tratayenia rosalesi crosses a stream in what is now Patagonia, Argentina roughly 85 million years ago. Image credit: Andrew McAfee, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. …

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