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grooming claw fossil and nail fossil atop human fingernail

Fossils show ancient primates had grooming claws as well as nails

Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to nails has been an evolutionary head-scratcher. Now, new fossil evidence shows that ancient primates – inclu...

Teachers receive fossils, create lesson plans at museum workshop

Florida Museum of Natural History researchers and amateur paleontologists teamed up to give K-12 teachers a crash course that came with some impressive party favors: real fossils. Through a four-day workshop in August 2017, called FOSSILs4Teachers...