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Applying network analysis to natural history
SCIENCE DAILY By using network analysis to search for communities of marine life in the fossil records of the Paleobiology Database, biologists were able to quantify the ecological impacts of major events like mass extinctions and may help... 2 hours
Fierce — and Free! Win a Book of Dinosaur Facts in Our Giveaway Tuesday
LIVE SCIENCE Here's how to win a book that details the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, including facts about Tyrannosaurus rex,... 3 hours
Applying network analysis to natural history: Technique popularized through social media ranks impact of extinctions
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers is using network analysis techniques - popularized through social media applications - to find... 4 hours
In ancient Mesopotamia, sex among the gods shook heaven and earth
PHYS.ORG Sexuality was central to life in ancient Mesopotamia, an area of the Ancient Near East often described as the cradle of western civilisation roughly corresponding to... 10 hours
clear as mud desiccation cracks help reveal the shape of water on mars Clear as Mud: Desiccation Cracks Help Reveal the Shape of Water on Mars
ASTRO WATCH As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet’s watery... 1 day
Algae as a viable alternative to food, animal feed and care products
PHYS.ORG Today, 90 percent of organic chemicals are based on fossil fuels, meaning they are based on non-renewable resources. 70 percent of proteins in the... 3 days
Triassic Reptile from Tanzania Finally Gets Scientific Name: Mandasuchus tanyauchen
SCI-NEWS.COM An international team of paleontologists from the Natural History Museum, London, the University of Birmingham and... 3 days
Will rising carbon dioxide levels really boost plant growth?
PHYS.ORG Plants have become an unlikely subject of political debate. Many projections suggest that burning fossil fuels and the resulting climate change will make it harder to grow enough food for everyone in... 3 days
Archaeologists discover Cornish barrow site
PHYS.ORG An Archaeologist at The Australian National University (ANU) has discovered a prehistoric Bronze-Age barrow, or burial mound, on a hill in Cornwall and is about to start excavating the untouched site which overlooks the English Channel. 4 days
Great Barrier Reef coral predicted to last at least 100 years before extinction from climate change
SCIENCE DAILY A common Great Barrier Reef coral species has enough genetic diversity to survive at least 100... 4 days
'Alice in Wonderland' Dodo Was Murdered in Cold Blood
LIVE SCIENCE Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds — the prized dodo specimen... 4 days
Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans
SCIENCE DAILY Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size -- by way of extinction -- at least 90,000 years earlier than... 4 days
World's Most Famous Dodo Didn't Die — It Was Murdered
LIVE SCIENCE Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds — the prized... 4 days
Museum researchers rediscover animal not seen in 30 years
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have rediscovered the San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) in Baja California. The Museum is partnering with Terra and local authorities on a conservation plan for the species, which... 4 days
Drug use in the ancient world, and what will happen to plants as carbon dioxide levels increase
Science Magazine Armed with new data, archaeologists are revealing that mind-altering drugs were present at the... 4 days
Did ancient Mesopotamians get high? Near Eastern rituals may have included opium, cannabis
Science Magazine Researchers uncover unique kitchen in a 4000-year-old palace, where priests may have served up opium-laced potions for ceremonies 4 days
Ancient DNA untangles South Asian roots
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Body size downgrading of mammals over the late Quaternary
Science Magazine Since the late Pleistocene, large-bodied mammals have been extirpated from much of Earth. Although all habitable continents once harbored giant mammals, the few remaining species are largely confined to Africa.... 4 days
Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to ancient humans
PHYS.ORG Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size - by way of extinction - at least 90,000 years earlier than... 4 days
Ancient coins, bracelets looted from Romania return home
PHYS.ORG Coins and bracelets from the 1st century that were looted from western Romania years ago and smuggled out of the country were put on display Thursday after a joint investigation with Austria... 4 days
Fossilized algae hold promise for improved food safety testing
PHYS.ORG Researchers have used the fossilized remains of algae to take a key step toward being able to more sensitively detect harmful contaminants in food. 4 days
Invasive bullfrogs linked to spread of deadly fungus in western US
PHYS.ORG Scientists have uncovered a strong historical link between the introduction of the American bullfrog into the western United States and the emergence of the deadly chytrid... 4 days
Prehistoric humans may have practiced brain surgery on cows
Science Magazine 5000-year-old skull is earliest evidence for surgical experimentation on animals 4 days
A hole in an ancient cow’s skull could have been surgery practice
SCIENCE-NEWS Before performing skull operations on people, ancient surgeons may have rehearsed on cows. 4 days
New insight into the never-ending arms-race between viruses and their hosts
PHYS.ORG Viruses have been infecting all forms of life – from single-celled bacteria to humans – for as long as there has been life on Earth. Because... 4 days
we think we re the first advanced earthlings but how do we really know We Think We’re the First Advanced Earthlings—But How Do We Really Know?
ASTRO WATCH Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens... 5 days
South Asians are descended from a mix of farmers, herders, and hunter-gatherers, ancient DNA reveals
Science Magazine Mix of ancient ancestries is surprisingly similar to Europe’s 5 days
Decline of genetic diversity in ancient domestic stallions in Europe
Science Magazine Present-day domestic horses are immensely diverse in their maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA, yet they show very little variation on their paternally inherited Y chromosome. Although it has recently... 5 days
New new genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified
SCIENCE DAILY Paleontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found... 5 days
New Zealand's large moa did not disperse large seeds
PHYS.ORG A new study about New Zealand's extinct moa, involving acid baths and concrete mixers, by researchers from the University of Canterbury and Landcare Research, has revealed a surprising finding about... 5 days
Sharp claws helped ancient seals conquer the oceans
PHYS.ORG If you've ever seen seals frolicking in the water, you know they are agile swimmers, with perfectly adapted paddle-like limbs. But if you think those flippers are just for swimming, then think again. 5 days
New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists
PHYS.ORG University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5... 5 days
Diamonds in Meteorite May Hail from Our Ancient Solar System
SPACE.COM Pieces of diamond encased in rock descended from space and landed in the Nubian Desert of Sudan and, according to a new study, prove the existence of an... 5 days
Marine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago
SCIENCE DAILY Why do the Earth's oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes, colors and ecologies? The answer, biologists report, dates back 66... 6 days
Marine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago
PHYS.ORG Why do our oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes and colors? A UCLA-led team of biologists reports that the answer... 6 days
Studying oxygen, scientists discover clues to recovery from mass extinction
SCIENCE DAILY A research team is helping to understand why the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event happened and why it took life so long to recover. 6 days
This ancient Maya city may have helped the Snake King dynasty spread
SCIENCE-NEWS A rural hub in an ancient Maya state gets its due with some laser help. 6 days
Studying oxygen, scientists discover clues to recovery from mass extinction
PHYS.ORG About 252 million years ago, more than 90 percent of all animal life on Earth went extinct. This event, called the "Permian-Triassic mass extinction," represents the greatest catastrophe... 6 days
Could we detect an ancient industrial civilization in the geological record?
PHYS.ORG As a species, we humans tend to take it for granted that we are the only ones that live in sedentary communities, use tools, and alter... 6 days
Mid-Carnian Mass Extinction Paved Way for Dinosaur Expansion
SCI-NEWS.COM Paleontologists believe that all non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out when a giant asteroid or comet collided with Earth some 65... 6 days
Ancient Egyptian Incantations Tell of Biblical Human Sacrifice
LIVE SCIENCE Deciphered text on a papyrus found near an Egyptian pyramid describes the biblical story of Isaac. 6 days
Poland broke EU law by logging in ancient forest: court
PHYS.ORG Poland's rightwing government broke the law by logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests, a UNESCO world heritage site, the European Union's top court ruled Tuesday. 7 days
First an alga, then a squid, enigmatic fossil is actually a fish
SCIENCE DAILY A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified -- first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod --... 7 days
First an alga, then a squid, enigmatic fossil is actually a fish
PHYS.ORG A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified—first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod—has been reinterpreted as... 1 week
We think we're the first advanced earthlings -- but how do we really know?
SCIENCE DAILY Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? In... 1 week
We think we're the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?
PHYS.ORG Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens... 1 week
Dinosaurs ended -- and originated -- with a bang!
SCIENCE DAILY It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang -- wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million years ago. But their origins have... 1 week
Mass extinction crisis triggered expansion of dinosaurs
PHYS.ORG It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang – wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million years ago. 1 week
New Carnivorous Dinosaur Unveiled: Tratayenia rosalesi
SCI-NEWS.COM A partial skeleton of a megaraptorid dinosaur unearthed over a decade ago in northwestern Patagonia, Argentina, has been recognized as belonging to a new... 1 week
Plants play greater role than megaherbivore extinctions in changes to ecosystem structure
SCIENCE DAILY Plants may have exerted greater influence on our terrestrial ecosystems than the megaherbivores that used to roam our landscapes, according to new research. 1 week
Surviving climate change, then and now
SCIENCE DAILY An archeological dig in Italy reveals that prehistoric humans made it through a major natural disaster by cooperating with each other -- and that's a lesson for our future. 1 week
Cytoplasmic streaming is involved in the transmission of signals within giant cells in Chara algae
PHYS.ORG Chara algae are ancient plant organisms that are commonly found in freshwater reservoirs and occur, though more rarely,... 1 week
Plants play greater role than megaherbivore extinctions in changes to ecosystem structure
PHYS.ORG Plants may have exerted greater influence on our terrestrial ecosystems than the megaherbivores that used to roam our landscapes, according to new research. 1 week
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Fossil Study Sheds Light on Mesozoic Butterfly and Moth Wing Colors
SCI-NEWS.COM New research by a team of scientists from the University of Exeter and elsewhere offers... 1 week
A core-shell nanotube array for artificial photosynthesis
PHYS.ORG The average global energy consumption of transportation fuels is currently several terawatts (1 terawatt = 1012 Joule) per second. A major scientific gap for developing a solar fuels technology that could replace fossil resources... 1 week
October trial set for US kids' climate change lawsuit
PHYS.ORG A trial date has been set for October 29 in the case of nearly two dozen US youths suing the US government for failing to protect public resources by burning... 2 weeks
Eroding mountains could release, not trap, greenhouse gases
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Ancient sites savaged in Yemen, Iraq
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Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks
SCIENCE DAILY Many of the world's most charismatic animal species -- those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public --... 2 weeks
Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have measured CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use in California and compared them to reported emissions. This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a... 2 weeks
Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks
PHYS.ORG Many of the world's most charismatic animal species - those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public—are at... 2 weeks
Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique
PHYS.ORG Researchers have measured CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use in California and compared them to reported emissions. 2 weeks
What the Heck Are These 520-Million-Year-Old Blobs? Experts Can't Agree.
LIVE SCIENCE Here's a brainteaser: Do the 520-million-year-old fossils of an ancient, bug-like creature actually show a silhouette of its brains? Or are these blobby shapes in its head merely... 2 weeks
The dinosaur menu, as revealed by calcium
SCIENCE DAILY By studying calcium in fossil remains in deposits in Morocco and Niger, researchers have been able to reconstruct the food chains of the past, thus explaining how so many predators could coexist in the... 2 weeks
Most primitive kangaroo ancestor rediscovered after 30 years in obscurity
SCIENCE DAILY A handful of tiny teeth have led scientists to identify the most distant ancestor of today's kangaroos. The fossils were found in the desert heart of Australia, and... 2 weeks
Synthesizing a deadly mushroom toxin
SCIENCE DAILY The death-cap mushroom has a long history as a tool of murder and suicide, going back to ancient Roman times. The fungus, Amanita phalloides, produces one of the world's deadliest toxins. While it may seem ill-advised, researchers are... 2 weeks
Medicine in antiquity—from ancient temples to Roman logistics
PHYS.ORG We usually regard the Greek doctor Hippocrates as the father of the Western medicine. His greatest achievement was to separate healing from religion and apply natural science methods – an early medical... 2 weeks
Buzz feed—bringing renewables to the power grid
PHYS.ORG Renewable energy is on the rise in Europe as the economy develops away from the use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but an ageing electricity grid is struggling to keep up... 2 weeks
Multiple episodes of extensive marine anoxia linked to global warming and continental weathering following the latest Permian mass extinction
Science Magazine Explaining the ~5-million-year delay in marine biotic recovery following the... 2 weeks
Evo-devo models of tooth development and the origin of hominoid molar diversity
Science Magazine The detailed anatomical features that characterize fossil hominin molars figure prominently in the reconstruction of their taxonomy, phylogeny, and paleobiology. Despite the prominence of... 2 weeks
Fossil scales illuminate the early evolution of lepidopterans and structural colors
Science Magazine Lepidopteran scales exhibit remarkably complex ultrastructures, many of which produce structural colors that are the basis for diverse communication strategies. Little is known, however, about the... 2 weeks
Why microbes are better than people at keeping DNA mutations at bay
Science Magazine Ancient population bottleneck upped DNA mutation rate in humans 2 weeks
Fossil study sheds light on ancient butterfly wing colors
SCIENCE DAILY Pioneering new research has given an illuminating new insight into the metallic, iridescent colors found on the earliest known ancestors of moths and butterflies, which inhabited the Earth almost 200... 2 weeks
Two dinosaurs fetch over 1.4 million euros each in Paris sale
PHYS.ORG Two dinosaur skeletons marketed as hip design objects— one of a diplodocus, the other of an allosaurus—sold for more than 1.4 million euros ($1.7 million) apiece... 2 weeks
Research reveals complexity of interactions between microbes that cause infections
NEWS MEDICAL Below the surface of systems as large and ancient as an ocean and as small and new as a human baby are communities of viruses and bacteria that... 2 weeks
Colorful moth wings date back to the dinosaur era
SCIENCE-NEWS Microscopic structures that scatter light to give color to the wings of modern butterflies and moths date back almost 200 million years. 2 weeks
200-million-year-old insect color revealed by fossil scales
PHYS.ORG Can researchers determine the color of a 200-million-year-old insect? Scientists from China, Germany and the U.K. have new evidence that reveals the true color of fossil insects. The research was recently published in Science... 2 weeks
New driver of extinction: Adaptations for sexual selection
SCIENCE DAILY By analyzing thousands of fossilized ancient crustaceans, a team of scientists found that devoting a lot of energy to the competition for mates may compromise species' resilience to change and increase their... 2 weeks
Scientists demonstrate new driver of extinction
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90,000-Year-Old Finger Bone Found in Saudi Arabia Could Rewrite Human Migration History
SCI-NEWS.COM An international team of researchers has discovered a fossilized human finger bone in the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia estimated to be about 90,000... 2 weeks
Synthesizing a deadly mushroom toxin
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OpenWings project: Scientists to build the avian tree of life
PHYS.ORG Birds are the only surviving descendants of dinosaurs. Birds also are used to study a large range of fundamental topics in biology from understanding the evolution of mating... 2 weeks
Most primitive kangaroo ancestor rediscovered after 30 years in obscurity
PHYS.ORG A handful of tiny teeth have led scientists to identify the most distant ancestor of today's kangaroos. The fossils were found in the desert heart of Australia, and... 2 weeks
The dinosaur menu, as revealed by calcium
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Giant Triassic Ichthyosaur is One of Biggest Animals Ever
SCI-NEWS.COM According to a study released this week in the journal PLoS ONE, an isolated bone from the lower... 2 weeks
Researchers suggest ancient preserved circulatory and nervous systems in China are actually biofilms
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Confirmation bias: I believe, therefore it's true
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War savages ancient sites in Yemen and Iraq, destroying archaeological record
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Scientists uncover details of viral infections that drive environmental, human health
PHYS.ORG Below the surface of systems as large and ancient as an ocean and as small and new as a human baby are communities of viruses and... 2 weeks
Race for Mexico's 'cocaine of the sea' pushes two species toward extinction
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Anyone want to buy a dinosaur? Two on sale in Paris
PHYS.ORG The skeletons of an allosaurus and a diplodocus are up for auction in Paris this week, marketed as hip interior design objects—for those with big enough... 2 weeks
Fossil Homo sapiens finger from Saudi desert is 90,000 years old
REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fossil finger bone dating back about 90,000 years that was... 2 weeks
Jaw bone on British beach belonged to huge ancient reptile
PHYS.ORG A 205-million-year-old jaw bone belonging to an ancient porpoise-like reptile known as an ichthyosaur was likely one of the largest ever known on Earth, researchers in Britain said... 2 weeks
Jaw fossil from English beach belongs to monstrous marine reptile
REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A jawbone fossil found on a rocky English beach belongs to one of... 2 weeks
New Research Changes Understanding of Virus Origins and Evolution
SCI-NEWS.COM A team of scientists from Australia and China has found that many of the viruses infecting us today... 2 weeks
Giant ichthyosaur is one of largest animals ever
SCIENCE DAILY The 205-million-year-old jaw bone of a prehistoric reptile belongs to 'one of the largest animals ever' say a group of international paleontologists. The new discovery has also solved a 150-year-old mystery of... 2 weeks
Human drugs could help treat transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Transmissible cancers are incredibly rare in nature, yet have arisen in Tasmanian devils on at least two separate occasions. New research from the University of Cambridge identifies key... 2 weeks
First human migration out of Africa more geographically widespread than previously thought
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have discovered a fossilized finger bone of an early modern human in the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia, dating to approximately 90,000 years... 2 weeks
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Human drugs could help treat transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils
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