The First Hair and the Origins of Athlete’s Foot

When you think of mammals you probably immediately think of something furry. In fact hair is ubiquitous amongst the mammal groups (except of course those that have secondarily lost it like the cetaceans) and so palaeontologists have been very keen to find traces of it in the fossil record. Discovering when fur first evolved in... Continue Reading →

Plague Bacteria Discovered in 20 Million Year Old Flea

Today we have the discovery of not one but two ancient diseases wrapped up in one tiny amber package with a brand new species of flea thrown in for good measure. The find comes from the amber mines of the Dominican Republic and takes the form of a beautifully preserved fossil flea complete with  a... Continue Reading →

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