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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644617/dynamic-covalent-chemistry-of-carbon-dioxide-opportunities-to-address-environmental-issues
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Jean Septavaux, Geoffroy Germain, Julien Leclaire
Extraction and purification of basic chemicals from complex mixtures has been a persistent issue throughout the development of the chemical sciences. The chemical industry and academic research have grown over the centuries by following a deconstruction-reconstruction approach, reminiscent of the metabolism process. Chemists have designed and optimized extraction, purification, and transformation processes of molecules from natural deposits (fossil fuels, biomass, ores), in order to reassemble them into complex adducts...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642499/comprehensive-analysis-and-reinterpretation-of-cenozoic-mesofossils-reveals-ancient-origin-of-the-snapping-claw-of-alpheid-shrimps
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Matúš Hyžný, Andreas Kroh, Alexander Ziegler, Arthur Anker, Martin Košťák, Ján Schlögl, Adam Culka, John W M Jagt, René H B Fraaije, Mathias Harzhauser, Barry W M van Bakel, Andrej Ruman
Alpheid snapping shrimps (Decapoda: Caridea: Alpheidae) constitute one of the model groups for inferences aimed at understanding the evolution of complex structural, behavioural, and ecological traits among benthic marine invertebrates. Despite being a super-diverse taxon with a broad geographical distribution, the alpheid fossil record is still poorly known. However, data presented herein show that the strongly calcified fingertips of alpheid snapping claws are not uncommon in the fossil record and should be considered a novel type of mesofossil...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641575/phylogenetic-and-paleobotanical-evidence-for-late-miocene-diversification-of-the-tertiary-subtropical-lineage-of-ivies-hedera-l-araliaceae
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V Valcárcel, B Guzmán, N G Medina, P Vargas, J Wen
BACKGROUND: Hedera (ivies) is one of the few temperate genera of the primarily tropical Asian Palmate group of the Araliaceae, which extends its range out of Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Phylogenetic and phylogeographic results suggested Asia as the center of origin and the western Mediterranean region as one of the secondary centers of diversification. The bird-dispersed fleshy fruits of ivies suggest frequent dispersal over long distances (e.g. Macaronesian archipelagos), although reducing the impact of geographic barriers to gene flow in mainland species...
June 22, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641573/ancient-water-bottle-use-and-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-pah-exposure-among-california-indians-a-prehistoric-health-risk-assessment
#4
Sabrina B Sholts, Kevin Smith, Cecilia Wallin, Trifa M Ahmed, Sebastian K T S Wärmländer
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are the main toxic compounds in natural bitumen, a fossil material used by modern and ancient societies around the world. The adverse health effects of PAHs on modern humans are well established, but their health impacts on past populations are unclear. It has previously been suggested that a prehistoric health decline among the native people living on the California Channel Islands may have been related to PAH exposure. Here, we assess the potential health risks of PAH exposure from the use and manufacture of bitumen-coated water bottles by ancient California Indian societies...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638066/mummified-oligocene-fruits-of-schima-theaceae-and-their-systematic-and-biogeographic-implications
#5
Xiang-Gang Shi, Qiong-Yao Fu, Jian-Hua Jin, Cheng Quan
The genus Schima includes about 20 species and is distributed only in southern China and adjacent areas of Asia. The previous molecular phylogenetic analysis suggested Schima is in the tribe Gordoniae, along with Gordonia and Franklinia. However, because few fossils have been reported, the biogeographic origin of Schima is still poorly known. In this paper mummified fossil fruits of Schima are described from the upper Oligocene Yongning Formation of the Nanning Basin, Guangxi, South China. In gross morphology, the new fossil species, Schima kwangsiensis, is similar to the extant S...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637852/testing-the-molecular-clock-using-mechanistic-models-of-fossil-preservation-and-molecular-evolution
#6
Rachel C M Warnock, Ziheng Yang, Philip C J Donoghue
Molecular sequence data provide information about relative times only, and fossil-based age constraints are the ultimate source of information about absolute times in molecular clock dating analyses. Thus, fossil calibrations are critical to molecular clock dating, but competing methods are difficult to evaluate empirically because the true evolutionary time scale is never known. Here, we combine mechanistic models of fossil preservation and sequence evolution in simulations to evaluate different approaches to constructing fossil calibrations and their impact on Bayesian molecular clock dating, and the relative impact of fossil versus molecular sampling...
June 28, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637223/millions-of-years-behind-slow-adaptation-of-ruminants-to-grasslands
#7
Olja Toljagic, Kjetil L Voje, Michael Matschiner, Lee Hsiang Liow, Thomas F Hansen
The Late-Cretaceous appearance of grasses, followed by the Cenozoic advancement of grasslands as dominant biomes, has contributed to the evolution of a range of specialized herbivores adapted to new diets, as well as to increasingly open and arid habitats. Many mammals including ruminants, the most diversified ungulate suborder, evolved high-crowned (hypsodont) teeth as an adaptation to tooth-wearing diets and habitats. The impact of different causes of tooth wear is still a matter of debate, and the temporal pattern of hypsodonty evolution in relation to the evolution of grasslands remains unclear...
June 20, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636600/hidden-morphological-diversity-among-early-tetrapods
#8
Jason D Pardo, Matt Szostakiwskyj, Per E Ahlberg, Jason S Anderson
Phylogenetic analysis of early tetrapod evolution has resulted in a consensus across diverse data sets in which the tetrapod stem group is a relatively homogenous collection of medium- to large-sized animals showing a progressive loss of 'fish' characters as they become increasingly terrestrial, whereas the crown group demonstrates marked morphological diversity and disparity. The oldest fossil attributed to the tetrapod crown group is the highly specialized aïstopod Lethiscus stocki, which shows a small size, extreme axial elongation, loss of limbs, spool-shaped vertebral centra, and a skull with reduced centres of ossification, in common with an otherwise disparate group of small animals known as lepospondyls...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635998/heterogeneous-catalytic-hydrogenation-of-co2-by-metal-oxides-defect-engineering-perfecting-imperfection
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Jia Jia, Chenxi Qian, Yuchan Dong, Young Feng Li, Hong Wang, Mireille Ghoussoub, Keith T Butler, Aron Walsh, Geoffrey A Ozin
Metal oxides with their myriad compositions, structures and bonding exhibit an incredibly diverse range of properties. It is however the defects in metal oxides that endow them with a variety of functions and it is the ability to chemically tailor the type, population and distribution of defects on the surface and in the bulk of metal oxides that delivers utility in different applications. In this Tutorial Review, we discuss how metal oxides with designed defects can be synthesized and engineered, to enable heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of gaseous carbon dioxide to chemicals and fuels...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635461/cut-fossil-fuel-links-and-curb-burden-on-the-nhs
#10
Alice Munro
At a time when the NHS is struggling to meet demand, it is easy to regard the health impact of climate change as less urgent than the immediate needs of patients. However, action now to limit the effects of climate change would also reduce demands on the health service and help us to meet the healthcare needs of future generations.
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634797/distribution-transfer-and-health-risks-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-soil-wheat-systems-of-henan-province-a-typical-agriculture-province-of-china
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Jinglan Feng, Xiaoying Li, Jiahui Zhao, Jianhui Sun
In order to investigate the distribution, transfer, and human health risks of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the soil-wheat systems, soil samples from 20 farmlands and corresponding wheat tissues were collected from selected regions of Henan Province in June 2013 and were analyzed to estimate the concentration of PAHs. The total concentrations of 15 PAHs (∑15 PAHs) in soils from Henan Province varied from 6.91 to 72.4 ng/g. Moreover, two-ring to three-ring PAHs (1.59-29.1 ng/g) were the major species in soils, occupying 56...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634362/reconstructing-the-phylogeny-of-blattodea-robust-support-for-interfamilial-relationships-and-major-clades
#12
Zongqing Wang, Yan Shi, Zhiwei Qiu, Yanli Che, Nathan Lo
Cockroaches are among the most recognizable of all insects. In addition to their role as pests, they play a key ecological role as decomposers. Despite numerous studies of cockroach phylogeny in recent decades, relationships among most major lineages are yet to be resolved. Here we examine phylogenetic relationships among cockroaches based on five genes (mitochondrial 12S rRNA, 16S rRNA, COII; nuclear 28S rRNA and histone H3), and infer divergence times on the basis of 8 fossils. We included in our analyses sequences from 52 new species collected in China, representing 7 families...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634257/two-fossil-species-of-metrosideros-myrtaceae-from-the-oligo-miocene-golden-fleece-locality-in-tasmania-australia
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Myall Tarran, Peter G Wilson, Michael K Macphail, Greg J Jordan, Robert S Hill
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The capsular-fruited genus Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) is one of the most widely distributed flowering plant genera in the Pacific but is extinct in Australia today. The center of geographic origin for the genus and the reason for and timing of its extinction in Australia remain uncertain. We identify fossil Metrosideros fruits from the newly discovered Golden Fleece fossil flora in the Oligo-Miocene of Tasmania, Australia, shedding further light on these problems. METHODS: Standard paleopalynological techniques were used to date the fossil-bearing sediments...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633035/economy-and-endurance-in-human-evolution
#14
REVIEW
Herman Pontzer
The evolutionary pressures shaping humans' unique bipedal locomotion have been a focus of research since Darwin, but the origins of humans' economical walking gait and endurance running capabilities remain unclear. Here, I review the anatomical and physiological determinants of locomotor economy (e.g., limb length and posture) and endurance (e.g., muscle volume and fiber type) and investigate their development in the hominin fossil record. The earliest hominins were bipedal but retained ape-like features in the hind limb that would have limited their walking economy compared to living humans...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633029/evolution-hearing-and-feeding-in-fossil-whales
#15
Jonathan H Geisler
The evolution of whales marks one of the major transitions in the history of mammals. Two new studies provide key insights into the evolution of hearing specializations and feeding strategies in early whales.
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632233/drilling-for-fossil-gold
#16
Steve Mirsky
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Scientific American
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630291/global-sustainable-development-priorities-500-y-after-luther-sola-schola-et-sanitate
#17
Wolfgang Lutz
Martin Luther succinctly summarized his theology in sola statements, such as sola scriptura, viewing the Bible (scriptura) as the only valid source of information about God rather than what he viewed as the extraneous, corrupting church doctrine of the time. As a secular side effect of this focus on individual reading skills, the Protestant territories were the first to acquire high literacy rates, which subsequently fostered health, economic growth, and good governance. Here I argue that a similar priority focus on empowerment of all segments of all populations through education and health (sola schola et sanitate) is needed today for sustainable development...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627786/the-north-african-middle-stone-age-and-its-place-in-recent-human-evolution
#18
Eleanor M L Scerri
The North African Middle Stone Age (NAMSA, ∼300-24 thousand years ago, or ka) features what may be the oldest fossils of our species as well as extremely early examples of technological regionalization and 'symbolic' material culture (d'Errico, Vanhaeren, Barton, Bouzouggar, Mienis, Richter, Hublin, McPherron, Louzouet, & Klein, ; Scerri, ; Richter, Grün, Joannes-Boyau, Steele, Amani, Rué, Fernandes, Raynal, Geraads, Ben-Ncer Hublin, McPherron, ). The geographic situation of North Africa and an increased understanding of the wet-dry climatic pulses of the Sahara Desert also show that North Africa played a strategic role in continental-scale evolutionary processes by modulating human dispersal and demographic structure (Drake, Blench, Armitage, Bristow, & White, ; Blome, Cohen, Tryon, Brooks, & Russell, )...
May 2017: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627785/species-genera-and-phylogenetic-structure-in-the-human-fossil-record-a-modest-proposal
#19
Ian Tattersall
Because of the greater morphological distances among them, genera should be more robustly recognizable in the fossil record than species are. But there are clearly upper as well as lower bounds to their species inclusivity. Currently, the vast majority of fossils composing the large and rapidly expanding paleoanthropological record are crammed into one of two genera (Australopithecus vs Homo), expanding the latter, especially, far beyond any reasonable morphological or phylogenetic limits. This excessive inclusivity obscures both diversity and the complexities of phylogenetic structure within the hominid family...
May 2017: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627099/fossils-proxies-and-models-geobiology-at-critical-transitions-in-the-proterozoic-paleozoic
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EDITORIAL
J D Schiffbauer, N Bykova, A D Muscente
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Geobiology
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