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Earliest animal fossils are identified

Image copyright Ilya BobrovskiyImage caption The affiliations of Dickinsonia had previously been unclear Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record. It’s a 558-million-year-old oval-shaped creature that may have borne a superficial resemblance to a segmented jellyfish. Researchers found specimens of the creature, known as Dickinsonia, that were so well preserved they […]

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Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Wasps, often encountered on picnics, have a poor reputation with the public A new study reveals that wasps are largely disliked by the public, whereas bees are highly appreciated. The researchers involved say that this view is unfair because wasps are just as ecologically useful as bees. The scientists suggest […]