Fossil Evidence Just Added Fuel to The Debate Over The Purpose of Giraffe Necks

In light of the brutal tug-of-war over resources that is natural selection, it’s been taken for granted that the giraffe’s iconic neck evolved to reach leaves other plant-eaters can’t possibly access. What seemed obvious to Charles Darwin has since attracted a great deal of scrutiny, with some biologists proposing those extended vertebrae aren’t for browsing, … Read more

Scientists Think This Strange Fish-Like Creature May Be One of Our Ancient Ancestors

A mysterious, extinct creature that has puzzled scientists for more than a century may have finally found its place in the tree of life. The small, fish-like animal is named Palaeospondylus gunnifirst discovered in fossils in Scotland in 1890, which lived approximately 390 million years ago during the Middle Devonian. Now, according to a new … Read more

Tiny Channels Discovered Inside The Human Skull Could Be Vital For The Brain

A shortcut between the skull and the brain could be a possible way for the human immune system to bypass the blood-brain barrier. Researchers recently discovered a series of tiny channels in mice and human skulls, and in mice at least, these little pathways represent an unexpected source of brain immunity. Previously, scientists assumed that … Read more

“Big John” Triceratops Specimen Has Skull Injuries That May Have Come From Combat With Another Dinosaur

The Triceratops horridus Big John. The complete restored skeleton; the fenestra analyzed here is indicated by the white circle (courtesy of Ferrara A., and Briano I.). Credit: Scientific Reports (2022). DOI: 10.1038 / s41598-022-08033-2 The fossilized remains of the triceratops specimen known as ‘Big John’ display injuries to the skull that may have occurred during … Read more

Skull of ferocious whale ancestor, the ‘Ocucaje Predator’, discovered in Peru

Researchers digging in Peru’s Ocucaje desert have uncovered the skull of an enormous marine predator thought to be the ancestor of modern whales and dolphins. Four feet long (1.2 meters) and lined with knife-like teeth, the skull appears to be a new species of Basilosaurus – a genus of ferocious marine mammals that lived some … Read more

Recently Unearthed Skull With Knife-Like Teeth Could Be New Species of Basilosaurus

Researchers digging in Peru’s Ocucaje desert have uncovered the skull of an enormous marine predator thought to be the ancestor of modern whales and dolphins. Four feet long (1.2 meters) and lined with knife-like teeth, the skull appears to be a new species of Basilosaurus – a genus of ferocious marine mammals that lived some … Read more

There Are ‘Secret’ Tunnels Connecting Your Skull And The Brain

Did you know you have tiny tunnels in your head? That’s OK, no one else did either until recently! But that’s exactly what a team of medical researchers confirmed in mice and humans in 2018 – tiny channels that connect skull bone marrow to the lining of the brain. The research shows they may provide … Read more

Gruesome Skull Discovery Contains The Earliest Evidence of Ear Surgery

An ancient skull uncovered at a 6,000-year-old megalithic monument in Spain still holds signs of what would have been a brutal ear surgery. Archaeologists suspect the patient probably had a double-sided acute middle ear infection, which can cause earaches and fevers. Without treatment, fluid can gather behind the eardrum, possibly causing a visible lump in … Read more

Newly Discovered Dinosaur From Argentina Belongs to a Rather ‘Armless’ Family

Paleontologists in Argentina have identified a new species of dinosaur which likely had such feeble forearms, it would make Tyrannosaurus rex look like Popeye in comparison. The dinosaur, named Guemesia ochoai and identified from a single skull, is thought to belong to a clade of tiny-armed carnivores known as abelisaurids, which once tramped across Europe, … Read more

Henry Ford Hospital Skull Base Team earns recognition from North American Skull Base Society – BIOENGINEER.ORG

DETROIT (Feb. 17, 2022) – The Skull Base team at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has earned a Multidisciplinary Team of Distinction designation from the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS), which recognizes NASBS member institutions that have skull base surgery teams comprising physicians in a variety of specialties and disciplines. Henry Ford’s Skull Base … Read more