keyword
MENU ▼
Read by QxMD icon Read
search

Fossils

keyword
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161280/microbial-caddisfly-bioherm-association-from-the-lower-cretaceous-shinekhudag-formation-mongolia-earliest-record-of-plant-armoring-in-fossil-caddisfly-cases
#1
Tsolmon Adiya, Cari L Johnson, Mark A Loewen, Kathleen A Ritterbush, Kurt N Constenius, Cory M Dinter
Caddisfly larvae construct underwater protective cases using surrounding materials, thus providing information on environmental conditions in both modern and ancient systems. Microbial bioherms associated with caddisfly cases are found in the Berriassian-Hauterivian (~140-130 Ma) Shinekhudag Formation of Mongolia, and yield new insights into aspects of lacustrine paleoecosystems and paleoenvironments. This formation contains the earliest record of plant-armored caddisfly cases and a rare occurrence of microbial-caddisfly association from the Mesozoic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159570/multi-timescale-analysis-of-a-metabolic-network-in-synthetic-biology-a-kinetic-model-for-3-hydroxypropionic-acid-production-via-beta-alanine
#2
Mohit P Dalwadi, John R King, Nigel P Minton
A biosustainable production route for 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3HP), an important platform chemical, would allow 3HP to be produced without using fossil fuels. We are interested in investigating a potential biochemical route to 3HP from pyruvate through [Formula: see text]-alanine and, in this paper, we develop and solve a mathematical model for the reaction kinetics of the metabolites involved in this pathway. We consider two limiting cases, one where the levels of pyruvate are never replenished, the other where the levels of pyruvate are continuously replenished and thus kept constant...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158534/changes-to-yucat%C3%A3-n-peninsula-precipitation-associated-with-salinity-and-temperature-extremes-of-the-caribbean-sea-during-the-maya-civilization-collapse
#3
Henry C Wu, Thomas Felis, Denis Scholz, Cyril Giry, Martin Kölling, Klaus P Jochum, Sander R Scheffers
Explanations of the Classic Maya civilization demise on the Yucatán Peninsula during the Terminal Classic Period (TCP; ~CE 750-1050) are controversial. Multiyear droughts are one likely cause, but the role of the Caribbean Sea, the dominant moisture source for Mesoamerica, remains largely unknown. Here we present bimonthly-resolved snapshots of reconstructed sea surface temperature (SST) and salinity (SSS) variability in the southern Caribbean from precisely dated fossil corals. The results indicate pronounced interannual to decadal SST and SSS variability during the TCP, which may be temporally coherent to precipitation anomalies on the Yucatán...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157185/identification-of-two-new-species-of-meliolinites-associated-with-lauraceae-leaves-from-the-middle-miocene-of-fujian-china
#4
Zixi Wang, Bainian Sun, Fankai Sun, Jidong Wang, Junling Dong, Mingxuan Sun, Baoxia Du
Several studies have investigated both the paleoclimate and the well-preserved fossil remains from the middle Miocene found in China's Fujian Province. This study describes two new species of Meliolinites, including their fungal hyphae, reproductive structures, and spores. The distribution of modern Meliolaceae indicates that they live in warm, humid, subtropical to tropical climates. Moreover, the fossil leaves and the epiphyllous fungal remains, indicate the prevalence of a warm, humid, subtropical to tropical climate in this area during the middle Miocene...
October 4, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155579/catalytic-conversion-of-carbohydrates-to-initial-platform-chemicals-chemistry-and-sustainability
#5
László T Mika, Edit Cséfalvay, Áron Németh
The replacement of fossil resources that currently provide more than 90% of our energy needs and feedstocks of the chemical industry in combination with reduced emission of carbon dioxide is one of the most pressing challenges of mankind. Biomass as a globally available resource has been proposed as an alternative feedstock for production of basic building blocks, which could partially or even fully replace the currently utilized fossil-based ones in well-established chemical processes. The destruction of lignocellulosic feed followed by oxygen removal from its cellulose and hemicellulose content by catalytic processes results in the formation of initial platform chemicals (IPCs)...
November 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155571/oxygen-activation-by-cu-lpmos-in-recalcitrant-carbohydrate-polysaccharide-conversion-to-monomer-sugars
#6
Katlyn K Meier, Stephen M Jones, Thijs Kaper, Henrik Hansson, Martijn J Koetsier, Saeid Karkehabadi, Edward I Solomon, Mats Sandgren, Bradley Kelemen
Natural carbohydrate polymers such as starch, cellulose, and chitin provide renewable alternatives to fossil fuels as a source for fuels and materials. As such, there is considerable interest in their conversion for industrial purposes, which is evidenced by the established and emerging markets for products derived from these natural polymers. In many cases, this is achieved via industrial processes that use enzymes to break down carbohydrates to monomer sugars. One of the major challenges facing large-scale industrial applications utilizing natural carbohydrate polymers is rooted in the fact that naturally occurring forms of starch, cellulose, and chitin can have tightly packed organizations of polymer chains with low hydration levels, giving rise to crystalline structures that are highly recalcitrant to enzymatic degradation...
November 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153333/new-excavations-at-the-hwk-ee-site-archaeology-paleoenvironment-and-site-formation-processes-during-late-oldowan-times-at-olduvai-gorge-tanzania
#7
Ignacio de la Torre, Rosa M Albert, Adrián Arroyo, Richard Macphail, Lindsay J McHenry, Rafael Mora, Jackson K Njau, Michael C Pante, Carlos A Rivera-Rondón, Ágata Rodríguez-Cintas, Ian G Stanistreet, Harald Stollhofen, Karol Wehr
This paper reports the results of renewed fieldwork at the HWK EE site (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania). HWK EE is positioned across the boundary between Lower and Middle Bed II, a crucial interval for studying the emergence of the Acheulean at Olduvai Gorge. Our excavations at HWK EE have produced one of the largest collections of fossils and artefacts from any Oldowan site, distributed across several archaeological units and a large excavation surface in four separate trenches that can be stratigraphically correlated...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152978/marginal-emissions-factors-for-electricity-generation-in-the-midcontinent-iso
#8
Maninder Pal Singh Thind, Elizabeth J Wilson, Ines M L Azevedo, Julian D Marshall
Environmental consequences of electricity generation are often determined using average emission factors. However, as different interventions are incrementally pursued in electricity systems, the resulting marginal change in emissions may differ from what one would predict based on system-average conditions. Here, we estimate average emission factors and marginal emission factors for CO2, SO2, and NOx from fossil and non-fossil generators in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) region during years 2007 - 2016...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152419/supradapedon-revisited-geological-explorations-in-the-triassic-of-southern-tanzania
#9
Max C Langer, Átila A S da Rosa, Felipe C Montefeltro
The upper Triassic deposits of the Selous Basin in south Tanzania have not been prospected for fossil tetrapods since the middle of last century, when Gordon M. Stockley collected two rhynchosaur bone fragments from the so called "Tunduru beds". Here we present the results of a field trip conducted in July 2015 to the vicinities of Tunduru and Msamara, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania, in search for similar remains. Even if unsuccessful in terms of fossil discoveries, the geological mapping conducted during the trip improved our knowledge of the deposition systems of the southern margin of the Selous Basin during the Triassic, allowing tentative correlations to its central part and to neighbouring basins...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151890/techno-economic-and-resource-analysis-of-hydroprocessed-renewable-jet-fuel
#10
Ling Tao, Anelia Milbrandt, Yanan Zhang, Wei-Cheng Wang
Background: Biomass-derived jet fuel is an alternative jet fuel (AJF) showing promise of reducing the dependence on fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emissions. Hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) concept is also known as one of the pathways for producing bio jet fuel. HEFA fuel was approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials in 2011, and can be blended up to 50% with conventional jet fuel. Since then, several HEFA economic and life-cycle assessments have been published in literature...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150259/reduction-of-co2-emission-by-incam-model-in-malaysia-biomass-power-plants-during-the-year-2016
#11
Nor Aishah Saidina Amin, Amin Talebian-Kiakalaieh
As the world's second largest palm oil producer and exporter, Malaysia could capitalize on its oil palm biomass waste for power generation. The emission factors from this renewable energy source are far lower than that of fossil fuels. This study applies an integrated carbon accounting and mitigation (INCAM) model to calculate the amount of CO2 emissions from two biomass thermal power plants. The CO2 emissions released from biomass plants utilizing empty fruit bunch (EFB) and palm oil mill effluent (POME), as alternative fuels for powering steam and gas turbines, were determined using the INCAM model...
November 15, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150186/articular-scaling-and-body-mass-estimation-in-platyrrhines-and-catarrhines-modern-variation-and-application-to-fossil-anthropoids
#12
Jonathan M G Perry, Siobhán B Cooke, Jacqueline A Runestad Connour, M Loring Burgess, Christopher B Ruff
Body mass is an important component of any paleobiological reconstruction. Reliable skeletal dimensions for making estimates are desirable but extant primate reference samples with known body masses are rare. We estimated body mass in a sample of extinct platyrrhines and Fayum anthropoids based on four measurements of the articular surfaces of the humerus and femur. Estimates were based on a large extant reference sample of wild-collected individuals with associated body masses, including previously published and new data from extant platyrrhines, cercopithecoids, and hominoids...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149444/morphology-molecular-structure-and-stable-carbon-isotopic-composition-of-black-carbon-bc-in-urban-topsoils
#13
Yutong Zong, Qing Xiao, Shenggao Lu
Urban soils contain significant amounts of black carbon (BC) from biomass and fossil fuel combustion and regard to be a pool of BC. BC in urban soils has multiple effects on environmental processes in urban system, such as global climate change, air quality, and public health. Urban topsoil samples (0-10 cm) were collected from Anshan, Liaoning Province, northeast China, which is one of the most important old steel industrial bases in China. The BC in urban topsoils was extracted using the density method. Their chemical composition, morphology, molecular structure, and stable carbon isotopic composition were examined using elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and stable carbon isotope (δ(13)C)...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148040/the-endocranial-shape-of-australopithecus-africanus-surface-analysis-of-the-endocasts-of-sts-5-and-sts-60
#14
Amélie Beaudet, Jean Dumoncel, Frikkie de Beer, Stanley Durrleman, Emmanuel Gilissen, Anna Oettlé, Gérard Subsol, John Francis Thackeray, José Braga
Assessment of global endocranial morphology and regional neuroanatomical changes in early hominins is critical for the reconstruction of evolutionary trajectories of cerebral regions in the human lineage. Early evidence of cortical reorganization in specific local areas (e.g. visual cortex, inferior frontal gyrus) is perceptible in the non-human South African hominin fossil record. However, to date, little information is available regarding potential global changes in the early hominin brain. The introduction of non-invasive imaging techniques opens up new perspectives for the study of hominin brain evolution...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145050/can-farmers-mitigate-environmental-impacts-through-combined-production-of-food-fuel-and-feed-a-consequential-life-cycle-assessment-of-integrated-mixed-crop-livestock-system-with-a-green-biorefinery
#15
Ranjan Parajuli, Tommy Dalgaard, Morten Birkved
This study evaluates environmental impacts of an integrated mixed crop-livestock system with a green biorefinery (GBR). System integration included production of feed crops and green biomasses (Sys-I) to meet the demand of a livestock system (Sys-III) and to process green biomasses in a GBR system (Sys-II). Processing of grass-clover to produce feed protein was considered in Sys-II, particularly to substitute the imported soybean meal. Waste generated from the livestock and GBR systems were considered for the conversion to biomethane (Sys-IV)...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142591/a-novel-highly-efficient-%C3%AE-glucosidase-with-a-cellulose-binding-domain-characterization-and-properties-of-native-and-recombinant-proteins
#16
J A Méndez-Líter, J Gil-Muñoz, M Nieto-Domínguez, J Barriuso, L I de Eugenio, M J Martínez
Background: Cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer on earth, is an alternative for fossil fuels as a renewable feedstock for the production of second-generation biofuels and other chemicals. The discovery of novel, highly efficient β-glucosidases remains as one of the major bottlenecks for cellulose degradation. In this context, the ascomycete Talaromyces amestolkiae, isolated from cereal samples, has been studied as a promising source for these enzymes. Results: BGL-2 is the major β-glucosidase secreted by this fungus in the presence of cellulosic inductors...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141502/co2-utilization-via-a-novel-anaerobic-bioprocess-configuration-with-simulated-gas-mixture-and-real-stack-gas-samples
#17
S Tugce Daglioglu, Burcin Karabey, Guven Ozdemir, Nuri Azbar
CO2, which is considered to be one of the major cause of climate change has reached to critical levels in the atmosphere due to tremendous consumption of fossil fuels all over the world.  In this study, anaerobic bioconversion of CO2 into bio-methane using a novel bioprocess configuration (HYBRID bioreactor) was studied under mesophilic conditions. Varying ratios of H2/CO2 gas mixture and volumetric feeding rates were investigated and no additional organic matter and trace element were needed throughout the study...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140441/the-complete-phylogeny-of-pangolins-scaling-up-resources-for-the-molecular-tracing-of-the-most-trafficked-mammals-on-earth
#18
Philippe Gaubert, Agostinho Antunes, Hao Meng, Lin Miao, Stéphane Peigné, Fabienne Justy, Flobert Njiokou, Sylvain Dufour, Emmanuel Danquah, Jayanthi Alahakoon, Erik Verheyen, William T Stanley, Stephen J O'Brien, Warren E Johnson, Shu-Jin Luo
Pangolins, considered the most-trafficked mammals on Earth, are rapidly heading to extinction. Eight extant species of these African and Asian scale-bodied anteaters are commonly recognized, but their evolutionary relationships remain largely unexplored. Here we present the most comprehensive phylogenetic assessment of pangolins, based on genetic variation of complete mitogenomes and nine nuclear genes. We confirm deep divergence among Asian and African pangolins occurring not later than the Oligocene-Miocene boundary ca...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139133/cranial-shape-variation-in-jacarean-caimanines-crocodylia-alligatoroidea-and-its-implications-in-the-taxonomic-status-of-extinct-species-the-case-of-melanosuchus-fisheri
#19
Christian Foth, María Victoria Fernandez Blanco, Paula Bona, Torsten M Scheyer
Melanosuchus niger (Crocodylia, Alligatoroidea) is one of the six living caimanine species widely distributed throughout the Amazon River basin today. Although there is only one extant species of Melanosuchus, fossil material assigned to this genus, represented by M. fisheri, has been reported from the late Miocene in South America. However, the validity of this taxon has been questioned and a recent investigation indicates that the referred specimen of M. fisheri (MCZ 4336) actually belongs to Globidentosuchus brachyrostris, while those diagnostic characters present in the holotype (MCNC 243) fall into the spectrum of intraspecific variation of M...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134520/benchmarking-the-scientific-research-on-wastewater-energy-nexus-by-using-bibliometric-analysis
#20
Tianlong Zheng, Pengyu Li, Zhining Shi, Jianguo Liu
With an exponential increase in urbanization and industrialization, water pollution is an inevitable consequence of relatively lagging wastewater treatment facilities. The conventional activated sludge process for wastewater treatment primarily emphasizes the removal of harmful substances to maintain increasingly stringent effluent discharged standards, which is considered an energy-intensive technique. Therefore, innovative and sustainable wastewater treatment should pay more attention to energy and resource recovery in dealing with fossil fuel depletion, global-scale energy security, and climate change...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
keyword
keyword
6765
1
2
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"