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Rare space object captured by Hubble The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a picture of a rare phenomenon: bright blue jets of gas blasting out from a dust cloud. Known as a Herbig-Haro object, this image shows the genesis of a star system. In the centre, a baby star is being born, spinning as it … Continue reading You may have missed…

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Reptile fossil provides clues to origin of snakes and lizards While palaeontologists know quite a lot about the early evolution of the archosaurs (crocodiles, avian and non-avian dinosaurs), they know very little about lepidosaur evolution (lizards, snakes and tuataras) because the fossil record is very patchy. Now, a 231-million-year-old fossil found in Argentina is helping … Continue reading You may have missed…

Genomic secrets of a rare reptile

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tuatara – a rare reptile found only in New Zealand whose ancestors roamed the Earth with dinosaurs. It is 67% bigger than the human genome, they say, and the genomic architecture is unlike anything previously reported. The project was an international collaboration led by NZ’s University of Otago … Continue reading Genomic secrets of a rare reptile