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  • Cenozoic Ichthyostega-whole-side
  • Cenozoic F8.large
  • Cenozoic reconstruction of Kimbetopsalis simmonsae credit Sarah Shelley
  • Cenozoic journal.pone.0005723.g001
  • Cenozoic EncrustedStrophodont1
  • Paleogene 2
  • Cenozoic Heintzman_Fig_3

The Cenozoic era, meaning “new life”, is a division of earth’s history spanning from around 66 million years ago to the present. It is subdivided into the Paleogene, Neogene and Quaternary periods. The beginning of the Cenozoic is characterised by a phase of recovery following the end Cretaceous mass extinction, and during which mammals and birds began to diversify.

Cenozoic

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Evolution of echolocation in dolphins

Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

Echolocation is an amazing ability that some mammals have evolved. Using sonar frequencies, dolphins and other toothed whales can communicate with each other and hunt prey, making the unique amongst marine mammals at being able to [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

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Episode 58: Animal biomechanics

Published on January 15th, 2016 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

One of the most difficult aspects of palaeontology is understanding how extinct animals moved around. It’s one thing to find a fossil and reconstruct it’s morphology, but it’s completely another to put that morphology into action [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

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Aquatic adaptations in crocodylomorphs

Published on November 9th, 2015 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

Crocodylomorphs today are not thought to be the most diverse group, consisting of all semi-aquatic forms of alligators, crocodiles, and gharials. However, the fossil record shows us that this group has a very long and diverse evolutionary [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

reconstruction of Kimbetopsalis simmonsae credit Sarah Shelley

New Mammal from the Early Palaeocene

Published on October 5th, 2015 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

The Cenozoic has often been described as the ‘Age of the Mammals’, while the Mesozoic was the ‘Age of the Dinosaurs’ which ended with the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous. Mammals, [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

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Early primate growth history

Published on September 16th, 2015 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

Primate evolution is something that is heavily debated and not very well understood in palaeontology, but it is still heavily studied. In 2009, an amazing primate fossil was found in Messel, dating to approximately 47 million [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

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Episode 46: Understanding Biodiversity

Published on June 15th, 2015 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

The world is currently undergoing a massive biodiversity crisis, and many people have said that we are in the next major mass extinction event, with species going extinct each day. Unfortunately, we don’t currently understand what aspects [&hellip... Read More


Paleogene

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Episode 45: Post K-Pg radiations

Published on June 1st, 2015 | by Dave Marshall

The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction was the latest of the ‘big five’ events. Approximately 75% of species went extinct, with the most notable victims being non-avian dinosaurs. But what happened afterwards? By which methods were some [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

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Episode 43: Ancient DNA

Published on April 15th, 2015 | by Dave Marshall

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule that encodes the genetic information within every species of life on earth. The information contained within the sequence of base pairs determines how any given organism develops and biologically functions. [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

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Episode 41: Insects

Published on March 1st, 2015 | by Dave Marshall

Insects are the most abundant and diverse group on animals on the planet today. Would they therefore also be expected to have the richest fossil record? When did they first evolve and how rapid was their [&hellip... Read More


Cambrian

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Episode 40: Brachiopods

Published on February 1st, 2015 | by Dave Marshall

Brachiopods are some of the most common fossils to be found in rocks worldwide. Their thick, hard and (often) calcareous shells make them preferentially preserved in the fossil record. We probably all have found one, but [&hellip... Read More


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