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550 Million Year Old Fossils Provide New Clues about Fossil Formation

Dec. 17, 2014

A new study from University of Missouri and Virginia Tech researchers is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil record. Findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed—often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years. Understanding the relationship between decay and fossilization will inform future study and help researchers interpret fossils in a new way.  Full Story
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Certain Parenting Tactics Could Lead to Materialistic Attitudes in Adulthood

Rewarding or punishing children using gifts can lead to financial and marital problems

Dec. 16, 2014

With the holiday season in full swing and presents piling up under the tree, many parents may be tempted to give children all the toys and gadgets they ask for or use the expectation of gifts to manage children’s behavior. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that parents who use material goods as part of their parenting techniques may be setting children up for difficulties later in adulthood.  Full Story
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