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The important organisms may have thrived during warm periods in Earth's history, contradicting previously held assumptions.

The 2.8 million-year-old mandible and teeth push back the origin of the human genus by nearly half a million years.
Insects evolved earlier than previously suspected, and may have helped to shape Earth’s first terrestrial ecosystems.
National Fossil Day, part of Earth History Week, is sponsored by the U.S. National Park Service and aims to educate and inform the public about fossils' scientific value.
The beetling brows and forward thrusting faces of the classical Neandertal may have evolved before other characteristic features of their skulls, according to a new report.
How DoSER's 'Scientists and Religious Communities' project will unfold in the coming year.