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News - Q&A with palaeontologist Thierry Smith about the origin of monkeys

MONKEYS - Lecture 16.11.2017 - Thierry Smith

Dans le cadre de l'exposition LES SINGES, le Muséum vous propose 11 nocturnes inédites ! Visitez l'expo de 17h30 à 21h30 et assistez dès 19h soit à une conférence, soit à la projection d'un documentaire suivie d'un débat.

À l’occasion de la nocturne du 16.11.2017, Thierry Smith donnera une conférence intitulée L’origine et l’évolution des primates : des progrès de branches en branches.

News - Dinosaur 'Silky' Key Fossil in Feather Evolution

Belgian palaeontologists have described a new, 165 million year old dinosaur species from Northern China. Serikornis sungei –nickmane ‘Silky’ – is an important fossil in the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs. Silky had feathers on its four limbs, but could not fly. The discovery suggests that ground-dwelling dinosaurs had feathers, possibly to impress mating partners or to warn enemies, before adapting an arboreal lifestyle or flight.

News - Crocodile de Maransart

News - Domestication of the Cat: Ancient DNA Reveals Significant Role of the Near East and Egypt

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt. The DNA analysis also revealed that most of these ancient cats had stripes: spotted cats were uncommon until the Middle Ages.

News - Plateosaurus Ben: We Did It!

News - Popular Bat Genus Is Millions of Years Older Than Thought

Our palaeontologists have found the oldest fossil of the extant bat genus Myotis (mouse-eared bat). This proves that the widespread genus has existed at least 7 million years earlier than previously assumed.

News - Baleen Whales’ Ancestors Were Toothy Suction Feeders

Modern whales’ ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans. An analysis of a 36.4-million-year-old whale fossil suggests that before baleen whales lost their teeth, they were suction feeders that most likely dove down and sucked prey into their large mouths.

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