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  • Virtual fossil shows our oldest primate cousin, scientists say

    Virtual fossil shows our oldest primate cousin, scientists say
    It’s not the missing link between man and apes. But a mouse-sized tarsier that devoured insects in ancient China 55 million years ago could be a long-lost cousin who scampered in the treetops of tropical forests around the time the first primates...
  • 'Dueling' dinosaur skeletons could fetch $9 million at auction

    'Dueling' dinosaur skeletons could fetch $9 million at auction
    A pair of fossil dinosaur skeletons dubbed the Montana Dueling Dinosaurs is headed for auction rather than straight to a museum. The duo, discovered touching on a Montana ranch in 2006, appear to be relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops locked in...
  • Maryland bans ginseng picking on public lands

    Maryland bans ginseng picking on public lands
    Hoping to save what's left of Maryland's dwindling wild ginseng population, the state has banned collection of the sought-after herb on all state-owned lands. Worried that remaining patches of the slow-growing plant are being stripped from Western...
  • Rancho Boca de Santa Monica's family connections

    Rancho Boca de Santa Monica's family connections
    At long-ago gatherings of Los Angeles historians, Ernest Marquez was simultaneously impressed and dismayed to meet people who knew more about his rancho ancestors than he did. A curator from the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History could...
  • Peter Zumthor's LACMA plan worries Page Museum at La Brea tar pits

    Peter Zumthor's LACMA plan worries Page Museum at La Brea tar pits
    The design for the central building in a reimagined Los Angeles County Museum of Art was inspired by the adjacent La Brea tar pits. Seen from above, the structure's flowing lines resemble a splatter of tar. But scientists doing the work of recovering...
  • Olinguito -- why wasn't it discovered until now?

    Olinguito -- why wasn't it discovered until now?
    Hiding out in the treetops of the Andean cloud forest is the furry, fig-chomping olinguito, a mammal that was unknown to science — until now. It is the first mammal in the order carnivora to be discovered in the Western hemisphere in 35 years....
  • Olinguitos' back-story should make zookeepers blush

    Olinguitos' back-story should make zookeepers blush
    Probably the only thing more exciting than discovering a new planet in our universe is discovering a new animal on our planet. The mere thought raises expectations for its exoticness. Maybe it will look like a flying cat, or a mini-giraffe that sits on...
  • Why do we have faces? Ancient fish may hold clues

    Why do we have faces? Ancient fish may hold clues
    Let's face it. It's easy to take for granted that mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish -- vertebrates just like people -- have a face. But it has not always been the case. The first creatures with a backbone -- jawless fish from hundreds of...
  • Ancient mammoth tusk offers gateway to Seattle's history

    Ancient mammoth tusk offers gateway to Seattle's history
    SEATTLE — A backhoe, an apprentice plumber and a 20,000-year-old piece of ivory (give or take a few millenniums) have brought out Puget Sound's inner paleontologist. Last week a Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in the foundation of an...
  • 'The Walking Dead' midseason premiere recap, 'After'

    'The Walking Dead' midseason premiere recap, 'After'
    Hey, "The Walking Dead" is back on AMC! It's been two months since we've been able to spend our Sunday nights watching men and women in tattered clothing brutally slaughtering rotting men and women in even more tattered clothing/skin, unless you...
  • Rare T. rex rests its bones at Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History

    Rare <i> T. rex </i> rests its bones at Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History
    WASHINGTON -- After a grueling 48-hour drive from Montana, the capital's latest transplant -- a 38-foot long, 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton -- got to rest its bones Tuesday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History....