Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution

Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative — and her 38 babies — is among the best evidence that a key development in the evolution of mammals was trading brood power for brain power.
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'Punk' turtle that breathes through its butt makes endangered reptile list

  1. ‘Punk’ turtle that breathes through its butt makes endangered reptile list  USA TODAY
  2. Australia’s ‘punk turtle’ risks being last of the Mohicans  Reuters
  3. Green-Haired Turtle That Breathes Through Its Genitals Now An Endangered Species Due To Pet Trade  Tech Times
  4. No plan to protect Queensland’s green-haired turtle from extinction  The Guardian
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Paleontologists put the bite on an ancient reptile from New England

Scientists have identified a new species of reptile from prehistoric Connecticut and, boy, does it have a mouth on it. Named Colobops noviportensis, the creature lived 200 million years ago and had exceptionally large jaw muscles — setting it apart from other reptiles at the time. Even compared to the wide diversity of reptile species today, Colobops noviportensis had quite the bite.
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