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Genetic study suggests humans, not Ice Age, killed off European cave bears  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions across Europe has found evidence that suggests humans were responsible for the extinction of cave bears... more
Lizards from cold climates may face rapid extinctions in next 60 years, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Lizards that produce live young are significantly more likely to be driven to extinction through climate change than those that... more
Gentle giraffes threatened with 'silent extinction'  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
For most of his life as a Samburu warrior, Lesaiton Lengoloni thought nothing of hunting giraffes, the graceful giants so common a feature of the Kenyan plains where he roamed. more
Global meet to mull trade rules to protect endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Specialists will meet in Geneva from Saturday to try to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns and other endangered animal and plant species amid growing... more
Ancient feces reveal how 'marsh diet' left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
'Coprolites' from the Must Farm archaeological excavation in East Anglia, UK, shows the prehistoric inhabitants were infected by parasitic worms... more
Ancient feces reveal how 'marsh diet' left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New research published today in the journal Parasitology shows how the prehistoric inhabitants of a settlement in the freshwater marshes... more
Countries push to protect sharks, rays  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Dozens of countries will push at a global meeting for regulations on trade in 18 types of shark and ray, with conservationists warning Thursday of looming extinction for many species. more
Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton's caracara from a... more
Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton's caracara from a... more
Superdeep diamonds confirm ancient reservoir deep under Earth's surface  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Analyses show that gases found in microscopic inclusions in diamonds come from a stable subterranean reservoir at least as old as the Moon, hidden more than 410 km below sea... more
Neanderthals and Ancient Humans Suffered from Swimmer’s Ear: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Exostoses of the ear canal — more commonly called swimmer’s ear — were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according... more
Dinosaur brains from baby to adult  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New research sheds light on how the braincase of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus developed and what this reveals about its posture. more
Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear  REUTERS · 3 days
Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen... more
Composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Eumelanin -- a natural pigment found for instance in human eyes -- has, for the first time, been identified in the fossilized compound eyes of 54-million-year-old crane-flies. It was previously assumed that melanic screening... more
Now endangered: The very act that protects wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The Trump administration recently announced a proposal that would gut the Endangered Species Act. The news follows in the wake of a report from the United Nations earlier this year that more... more
Dinosaur brains from baby to adult  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
New research by a University of Bristol palaeontology post-graduate student has revealed fresh insights into how the braincase of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus developed and how this tells us about its posture. more
A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Many dream of what they would do had they a time machine. Some would travel 100 million years back in time, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Not many, though, would think of... more
54 million year-old fossil flies yield new insight into the evolution of sight  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Fossilised flies that lived 54 million years ago have revealed a surprising twist to the tale of how insects' eyes evolved. These craneflies, unveiled... more
Researchers dish up digital avocado  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
It's an ancient fruit, but the avocado has been brought into the new millennium with the publication of its draft genome, which may be the key to improvements in future crops. more
Ancient Giant Penguin Unearthed in New Zealand: Crossvallia waiparensis  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
The fossilized bones of a large-sized penguin species that lived during the Paleocene epoch (between 66 and 56... more
Newly Discovered 'Monster' Penguin Was As Tall As an Adult Human  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Fish swam for their lives when they encountered a forbidding, ancient "monster" penguin that would have towered over today's largest penguin. more
In the shadow of the dinosaurs  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers describe Clevosaurus hadroprodon, a new reptile species from Rio Grande do Sul state in southern Brazil. more
Monster penguin find in Waipara, New Zealand  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
A new species of giant penguin -- about 1.6 metres tall -- has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury in New Zealand. more
Shard reveals how Cyprus' ancient kingdoms managed economy  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
An archaeologist says the discovery of a small clay shard inscribed with a partial inventory of goods at a 2,500-year-old citadel suggests that Cyprus' ancient city states "more than likely" managed their... more
Scientists poke a hole in the age of trees  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Some of Britain's most majestic ancient trees are probably not as ancient as we previously thought, one of the country's leading tree-ageing experts has suggested. more
Engraved bones reveal that symbolism had ancient roots in East Asia  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 days
Denisovans might have etched line patterns on two animal bone fragments more than 100,000 years ago in what’s now northern China. more
A new sphenodontian from Brazil is the oldest record of the group in Gondwana  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Research published this Wednesday (August 14th) in Scientific Reports describes Clevosaurus hadroprodon, a new reptile species from Rio Grande do... more
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. more
Monarchs caught up in rewrite of endangered species rule  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from... more
Goodbye monarchs? Protection changes may imperil butterflies  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to... more
Key factors in how some algae harness solar energy  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Scientists have discovered how diatoms -- a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen -- harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The discovery could help lead to... more
Space Dust from Ancient Supernova Found Hiding in Antarctica  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Researchers recently identified cosmic iron traces in snow that fell in Antarctica. Preserved in the snow was dust containing a rare isotope that originated in a supernova. more
Amulets of Deities, Skulls and Phalluses Found in Ancient Pompeii  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
A stash of ancient amulets is seeing the light of day, now that archaeologists in Pompeii have unearthed the treasures from under a pile of ash dating to... more
Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Subsurface explorers have uncovered a previously undescribed 'Jurassic World' of around 100 ancient volcanoes buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins of central Australia. more
Editorial: Trump guts the Endangered Species Act. Polar bears and bald eagles, take notice  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Trump administration announced reckless and potentially devastating new rules Monday that will weaken the Endangered Species Act, which currently... more
Jurassic Volcanic Province Discovered in Australia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
An international team of researchers has discovered around 100 ancient volcanoes and associated lava flows buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins in central Australia.... more
Ancient pigs endured a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
New research has resolved a pig paradox. Archaeological evidence has shown that pigs were domesticated in the Near East and as such, modern pigs... more
Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An international team of subsurface explorers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has uncovered a previously undescribed Jurassic world of around 100 ancient volcanoes... more
Grave Robbers Missed These Ancient Greek Graves, Filled with More than a Dozen Skeletons  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Grave robbers are usually a determined bunch, but for the past 3,400 years, unsavory burglars have managed to miss two... more
Ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance revealed  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A study from McMaster University has unearthed new details about the evolutionary history of both antibiotic production and resistance and dates their co-emergence as far back as 350 to 500... more
Ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance revealed  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The study is the first to put antibiotic biosynthesis and resistance into an evolutionary context. The findings will help to guide the future discovery of new antibiotics and antibiotic alternatives... more
First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists have discovered that the building blocks of proteins can stabilize cell membranes. This finding may explain how the first cells emerged from the... more
Ancient pigs endured a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
New research led by Oxford University and Queen Mary University of London has resolved a pig paradox. Archaeological evidence has shown that pigs were... more
Devonian Fossil Forest Unearthed in China  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Paleontologists have discovered a 360-million-year-old (Devonian period) fossilized forest of lycopsid trees near Xinhang in China’s Anhui province — the oldest known fossil forest... more
Trump overhauls endangered species protections  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species and other changes critics... more
Study gauges trees' potential to slow global warming in the future  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Like the eponymous character in Shel Silverstein's classic children's tale, trees are generous with their gifts, cleaning the air we breathe and slowing the ravages of... more
Divers Find 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard Near Tiny Greek Island  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
Ancient sailors courted adventure and risked death on the Aegean Sea, as shown in five 2,000-year-old shipwrecks and a giant, granite anchor pole found near the Greek island of Levitha. more
Focus on moving the weight rather than your muscles to lift heavier or longer  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The 'mind-muscle connection'. Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers. more
Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Some fossil plants that lived in wetlands had fungi living in their roots, and others don't. To understand why, scientists waded into modern wetlands... more
Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers describe the largest example of a Devonian forest, made up of 250,000 square meters of fossilized lycopsid trees, which was recently discovered in China's Anhui province. more
Fuzzy Baby T. Rex Is One of 4 New Stamps Featuring the Dinosaur King  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A set of four new stamps created by the U.S. Postal Service highlight the fearsome and much-loved king of the... more
How a huge forest of extinct trees sparked transformation of life on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
If you were to step back in time some 365 million years, you might see a landscape more akin to the wilder... more
The mind-muscle connection: For aesthetes, not athletes?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The 'mind-muscle connection.' Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers. But when the goal is muscle performance rather than growth alone, does the idea still carry any weight? A new analysis... more
Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully". more
Astronomers Discover Vast Ancient Galaxies, Which Could Shed Light on Dark Matter  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive... more
Middle Stone Age foragers resided in high elevations of the glaciated Bale Mountains, Ethiopia  Science Magazine · 1 week
Studies of early human settlement in alpine environments provide insights into human physiological, genetic, and cultural adaptation potentials. Although Late... more
Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Devonian period, which was 419 million to 359 million years ago, is best known for Tiktaalik, the lobe-finned fish that is often portrayed pulling itself onto land. However, the "age of the fishes,"... more
Protein factors increasing yield of a biofuel precursor in microscopic algae  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As an alternative to traditional fossil fuels, biofuels represent a more environmentally friendly and sustainable fuel source. Plant or animal fats can be converted to biofuels... more
Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Paleobotanist Az Klymiuk didn't set out to upend science's understanding of the fossil record of plant-fungal associations. She just wanted to figure out the... more
Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant 'Squawkzilla' Parrot, As Big As Small Child  NPR · 1 week
The flightless bird weighed 15 pounds and was about 3 feet tall and probably feasted on other parrots. Study lead Trevor Worthy made the discovery after... more
A long time ago, galaxies far, far away  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive galaxies. This is the first multiple discovery of... more
Permian lizard-like animal suffered from a bone condition similar to Paget's disease  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A lizard-like animal that lived 289 million years ago suffered from a bone condition similar to Paget's disease, according to a study published August... more
Vast ancient galaxies discovered  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive galaxies. This is the first multiple discovery of its kind and such an abundance of this... more
Astronomers discover vast ancient galaxies, which could shed light on dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure trove of previously unknown... more
Giant, active galaxies from the early universe may have finally been found  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Overlooked galaxies from when the universe was younger than 2 billion years old could be the ancestors of other ancient and modern monster galaxies. more
Readers respond to Lyme disease, fossil teeth and a Tesseract look-alike  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Readers had questions and comments on Lyme disease prevention, speciation, and a mysterious uranium cube. more
Dinosaur egg bonanza gives vital clues about prehistoric parenting  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Perhaps the most amazing thing about fossils is that they don't just show us what extinct animals looked like, they can also reveal how those animals lived. Even a fossilized... more
World’s Largest Parrot Lived 19 Million Years Ago in New Zealand  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
An international group of paleontologists has found two incomplete bones from an ancient parrot... more
Avocado Genome Sequenced  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A multinational team of researchers has sequenced the genomes of Mexican, Guatemalan and West Indian avocados, and the most commercially popular hybrid cultivar, Hass, shedding light on the ancient origins... more
A prehistory of blindness  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Fossils that had gone unstudied since the early 20thcentury helped a team led by University of New England (UNE) palaeontologist Dr Russell Bicknell to address a long-standing puzzle: were ancestors of the iconic horseshoe crab blind?  more
Study of microfossils maps extreme global warming and environmental change  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Studies of marine microfossils, known as conodonts, have allowed a team of researchers from Australia and China to map extreme global warming which coincided with the most severe... more
New species of dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in fossil vaults for 30 years  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A PhD student in South Africa has discovered a new dinosaur species in the University's vaults, after it has been... more
Guacamole lovers, rejoice! The avocado genome has been sequenced  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
We now know the DNA of guacamole. Scientists have sequenced the avocado genome, shedding light on the ancient origins of this buttery fruit and laying the groundwork for future improvements... more
Robotic device can provide light-touch assistance in walking to elderly people  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, a team of researchers at Columbia Engineering have transformed... more
Robotic cane shown to improve stability in walking  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, researchers have transformed it into a 21st century robotic device that can provide light-touch assistance... more
Meet Ngwevu intloko, New Jurassic Dinosaur from South Africa  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A new genus and species of sauropodomorph dinosaur has been described — after its fossilized remains spent more... more
Ionic thermal up-diffusion boosts energy harvesting  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Salinity gradient energy is recognized as a promising candidate for the substitution of traditional fossil fuels. Recently nanofluidic salinity gradient energy harvesting via ion channels or membranes has drawn increasing interest due to the advances in... more
The limits of rainforest growth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Trees are seen as saviors in an era of climate change. Via their leaves, they absorb carbon dioxide and transform the greenhouse gas into oxygen and biomass. According to estimates by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),... more
Energy development wins when it's pitted against endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Widespread species decline at the hands of humans is a powerful tale. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, more than 27 percent of 100,000 assessed species are... more
New finds for Mars rover, seven years after landing  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers) and ascended 1,207 feet... more
Ancient soil provides a window to the past  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Noelle Purcell, a senior in the Columbian College of Arts and Science, spent the first half of her summer in northern Kenya trying to better understand the environmental context of human evolution... more
Ghosts of ancient explosions live on in stars today  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When small, dense stars called white dwarfs explode, they produce bright, short-lived flares called Type Ia supernovae. These supernovae are informative cosmological markers for astronomers—for example, they were used to... more
Polyoxometalate-based coordination frameworks for methane generation in photoreduction of carbon dioxide  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Excessive CO2 discharge derived from the continuous burning of fossil fuels has caused global warming and environmental issues. Artificial conversion of excess CO2 into serviceable energy... more
New species of early dinosaur described from South Africa  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new dinosaur species has been discovered after laying misidentified in a museum collection for 30 years. more
It would take 50 million years to recover New Zealand's lost bird species  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Half of New Zealand's birds have gone extinct since humans arrived on the islands. Many more are threatened. Now, researchers estimate that... more
Ancient Maya warfare flared up surprisingly early  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Extreme conflicts broke out well before the decline of the Maya civilization, researchers say. more
Study: Dinosaur Feathers Evolved for Sexual Display  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
New research, published recently in the journal Evolution, shows that some dinosaurs may have taken flight thanks to sex appeal. Modern bird... more
It would take 50 million years to recover New Zealand's lost bird species  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Half of New Zealand's birds have gone extinct since humans arrived on the islands. Many more are threatened. Now, researchers reporting in... more
Ecological land grab: food vs fuel vs forests  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The overlapping crises of climate change, mass species extinction, and an unsustainable global food system are on a collision course towards what might best be called an ecological land grab. more
'Wood' you like some fresh water?  nanowerk · 2 weeks
A membrane made of a sliver of wood could be the answer to renewably sourced water cleaning. Most membranes that are currently used to distill fresh water from salty are made of polymers based on fossil... more
Newly discovered Labrador fossils give clues about ancient climate  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The discovery of fossilized plants in Labrador, Canada, by a team of paleontologists provides the first quantitative estimate of the area's climate during the Cretaceous period, a time when the... more
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