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Earth sciences news
Mammoth teeth study led by Prof Adrian Lister reveals the origins of the Columbian mammoth and interbreeding with woolly mammoths.
Dr Martha Richter helps discover two new species of extinct amphibians and the oldest reptile fossil skeleton ever found in South America.
Modern human teeth that are at least 80,000 years old have been found in China. Professor Chris Stringer says the discovery is a 'game-changer'.
Detailed 3D X-ray images of the saw-like nose of Schizorhiza stromeri challenge the classical theory that vertebrate teeth evolved from external scales.