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Male Guppies Hang With Their Ugliest Friends to Improve Their Own Chances of Getting SomeWith Valentine's Day around the corner, plenty of us are getting our annual harsh reminder that finding love can be really, really hard. We might like to say it's not so, but the fact is, whether you're a guppy or a human, looks count for a lot in the dating game. Like most things, though, looks are all relative -- the worse looking the crowd we find ourselves in, the better looking we seem to be. According to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Science B, guppies looking for love long ago perfected the mating tactic of surrounding themselves with specimens less attractive than they are, a tried and true human trait on display in bars across the world every weekend.Read on...
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World’s Oldest Fossil Discovered, Provided the Other World’s Oldest Fossil Isn’t Actually a Fossil
A team led by Oxford's Martin D. Brasier and University of Western Australia's David Wacey may have discovered the world's oldest fossil. If further research supports their work, their discovery of what appears to be a series of cells fossilized in sandstone from the Strelley Pool in Australia would be about 3.4 billion years old. These microfossils have some implications beyond the title of being the oldest. For instance, according to the NY Times, the dating of the find would show that life started on Earth very quickly after the Late Heavy Bombardment, a rain of meteors that fell on our planet. Furthermore, the team say they found evidence that these cells may have processed sulfur instead of oxygen. If additional inquiry sustains their findings, the team's fossils will be the oldest ever found. Sort of. You see, there's these other fossils that might be the world's oldest fossils as well.Read on...