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Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
The oddly shaped skull of Leptarctus primus, an extinct weasel relative that lived in North America and Asia about 20... more
Biblical Archaeology: The Study of Biblical Sites & Artifacts  LIVE SCIENCE · 11 hours
Biblical archaeologists work to uncover the truths and inaccuracies of ancient biblical texts. more
African hominid fossils show ancient steps toward a two-legged stride  SCIENCE-NEWS · 13 hours
New Ardipithecus ramidus fossils reveal how hominids were shifting toward humanlike walking more than 4 million years ago. more
World's biggest bee found  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
Lost to science for decades and thought perhaps extinct, Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) has been rediscovered in an Indonesian rainforest. more
Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
New research on an extinct weasel relative reveals what it might have eaten when it lived in North America and... more
Moros intrepidus: New Deer-Sized Species of Tyrannosaur Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 15 hours
Paleontologists have unveiled a remarkable new species of tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Cretaceous period: a small relative of Tyrannosaurus rex.... more
How the dinosaurs went extinct: Asteroid collision triggered potentially deadly volcanic eruptions  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
It's almost 40 years since scientists discovered what wiped out the dinosaurs: an asteroid hitting Earth near modern-day Mexico. That was it, or so... more
480-Million-Year-Old Mystery Creature Finally Identified from Its Preserved Guts  LIVE SCIENCE · 16 hours
For the past 150 years, scientists have hotly debated a mysterious creature that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. And now, with the discovery of stunningly detailed fossils in... more
Photos: Cretaceous 'Night Mouse' Was a Wee Mammal  LIVE SCIENCE · 16 hours
Paleontologists have unearthed a new 69 million-year-old mammal species in the North Slope of Alaska. more
Half-a-billion-year-old weird wonder worm finally gets its place in the tree of life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Paleobiologists have shed new light on a jaw-snapping species of prehistoric worm using half-a-billion-year-old fossils kept at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,... more
Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Conservationists in the Galapagos Islands have found a giant tortoise from a species thought to have become extinct more than a century ago. more
Do volcanoes or an asteroid deserve blame for dinosaur extinction?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million years ago... more
Dueling dates for a huge eruption reignite the debate over dinosaurs’ death  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 day
New dating techniques for the Deccan Traps volcanic eruptions disagree on whether they were the main culprit in the dinosaurs’ demise. more
U-Pb constraints on pulsed eruption of the Deccan Traps across the end-Cretaceous mass extinction  Science Magazine · 1 day
Temporal correlation between some continental flood basalt eruptions and mass extinctions has been proposed to indicate causality, with eruptive volatile... more
Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives... more
Do volcanoes or an asteroid deserve blame for dinosaur extinction?  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
UC Berkeley scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million... more
How bird feather patterns form  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Feathers evolved in dinosaurs and are a key characteristic of birds today. They are arranged in a precise hexagonal pattern in a bird's skin, but it has been unclear how this happens. According to a new study published... more
Cretaceous Marsupial Lived Above Arctic Circle  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Paleontologists have uncovered a new species of marsupial that lived during the Cretaceous period above the Arctic Circle, the farthest north marsupials have ever... more
Earliest example of animal nest sharing revealed by scientists  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
An international team of scientists has shown that fossilized eggshells unearthed in western Romania represent the earliest known nest site shared by multiple animals. more
New species of tiny tyrannosaur foreshadows rise of T. rex  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A newly discovered, diminutive -- by T. rex standards -- relative of the tyrant king of dinosaurs reveals crucial new information about when and how T. rex came... more
Signs of ancient flowing water on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
These images from ESA's Mars Express satellite show a branching, desiccated system of trenches and valleys, signs of ancient water flow that hint at a warmer, wetter past for the Red Planet. more
Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives... more
A deer-sized T. rex ancestor shows how fast tyrannosaurs became giants  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 days
A newly found dinosaur called Moros intrepidus fills a hole in the evolutionary history of tyrannosaurs, helping narrow when the group sized up. more
New species of tiny tyrannosaur foreshadows rise of T. rex  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A newly discovered, diminutive—by T. rex standards—relative of the tyrant king of dinosaurs reveals crucial new information about when and how T. rex came to rule the North... more
Hippocamp: Seventh Inner Moon of Neptune May Have Broken from Larger Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
A new study led by SETI Institute astronomers suggests that the recently-discovered moon of Neptune, Hippocamp, is probably an ancient fragment of a much... more
Fat bats withstand the effects of white-nose syndrome, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Although white-nose syndrome (WNS) has pushed some bat populations to extinction, researchers have found that higher fat stores are helping some little brown bats to survive this deadly... more
Signs of ancient flowing water on Mars  ESA · 2 days
These images from ESA’s Mars Express satellite show a branching, desiccated system of trenches and valleys, signs of ancient water flow that... more
Sir Charles Lyell's historical fossils (London's Natural History Museum) accessible online  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
More than 1,700 animal and plant specimens from the collection of eminent British geologist Sir Charles Lyell—known as the pioneer of modern geology—were organised, digitised and... more
Study gives a snapshot of crocodile evolution  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
The story that's often told about crocodiles is that they're among the most perfectly adapted creatures on the planet - living fossils that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years. more
Neptune's newest, tiniest moon likely piece of bigger one  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Neptune's newest and tiniest moon is probably an ancient piece of a much larger moon orbiting unusually close. more
Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon around Arctic  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon collected at five sites around the Arctic, which has implications for global warming, according... more
Extraordinary Diversity on Land Is Not a Recent Phenomenon, Says New Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
According to new research published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, land animal diversity has been similar for at least the last 60... more
Thermally-painted metasurfaces yield perfect light absorbers for high-tech applications  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers have discovered that the ancient technique of heating metal to create vibrant colors creates a nanostructured surface that acts as a perfect light absorber. Perfect light absorbers—materials that absorb... more
Citizen scientist finds ancient white dwarf star encircled by puzzling rings  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The oldest and coldest known white dwarf -- an Earth-sized remnant of a sun-like star that has died -- could be the first known white dwarf... more
Crocodile face off: Study examines how developmental changes resulted in changes to crocodile snouts  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The story that's often told about crocodiles is that they're among the most perfectly adapted creatures on the planet—living fossils... more
First evidence for an unusual congenital pathology in cave bears  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Scientists from the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) have published a paper in the International Journal of Paleopathology that describes the first case of... more
Earliest example of animal nest sharing revealed by scientists  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Southampton, has shown that fossilised eggshells unearthed in western Romania represent the earliest known nest site shared by multiple... more
Want to learn about dinosaurs? Pick up some Louisiana roadkill  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Fossil-hunting can be grueling, but it's usually not gross. Paleontologists typically work with things that have been dead for millions of years, mineralized into rock and no longer... more
20-million-year-old tusked sea cow is Central America's oldest marine mammal  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A researcher searching the shoreline of the Panama Canal for fossil plants instead found an ancient sea cow. An 'emergency fossil excavation' due to rising water levels yielded... more
Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countries  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Although conventional wisdom suggests that poor countries are more likely to bear a disproportionate burden of a worldwide carbon tax on fossil fuels used for electricity and transportation,... more
Marsupial lived among Arctic dinosaurs  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A research team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska's Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid new detail to a complex ancient landscape. The thumb-sized animal, named Unnuakomys hutchisoni, lived... more
These climate activists want you to give up hope  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The Extinction Rebellion, a network of climate activists who use civil disobedience to spotlight inaction on global warming, is rooted in the conviction that humanity has dug its own grave... more
20-million-year-old tusked sea cow is Central America's oldest marine mammal  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Steven Manchester didn't set out to discover Central America's oldest known marine mammal. He was hoping to find fossil plants. more
Multicellular Life Began 1.5 Billion Years Earlier than Thought  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Approximately 2.1-billion-year-old fossilized tracks discovered in Gabon suggest the existence of a cluster of single cells that came... more
Customs Letter About a Long-Lost Suitcase Leads to Artifacts from Desert with Early 'Jesus' Painting  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
The ancient desert village of Shivta in southern Israel made headlines when archaeologists discovered a wall painting there... more
IAU names landing site of Chinese Chang'e-4 probe on far side of the moon  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Statio Tianhe for the landing site... more
Climate-friendly labriculture depends on an energy revolution  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
In a first-of-its-kind study, the climate-change impact of several production methods for lab-grown and farmed beef was assessed accounting for the differing greenhouse gases produced. The new projections reveal that over the long term,... more
Aussie rodent becomes first 'climate change extinction'  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Australia officially declared a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct on Tuesday, making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change. more
Ancient 'night' marsupial faced four months of winter darkness  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Paleontologists working on a steep river bank in Alaska have discovered fossil evidence of the northernmost marsupial known to science. more
Biodiversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been... more
Diversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been... more
Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set... more
Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set... more
England's Oldest Cave-Art Site Is Covered with Signs to Ward off Evil Spirits  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
The marks, meant to protect against evil spirits, are out of place in a cave known for ancient animal carvings. more
Scientists fine-tune method to save rhinos  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Only two northern white rhinos exist in the world: both are female and neither can bear calves. But scientists have not given up hope of saving the species from extinction. more
How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Agriculture has become a carbon-intensive endeavour. Crop, livestock and fossil fuel use in agriculture account for about 25 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. more
Researchers crack mystery of past maternal mortality rates  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed the first method for determining maternal mortality rates in prehistoric populations based on archaeological records. more
Animal populations bounce back faster in marine protected areas  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new paper in the American Naturalist discusses the significant role marine protected areas can play in preventing the extinction of commercially harvested species like abalone. MBARI Postdoctoral Fellow Charles... more
New Titanosaurian Dinosaur Unearthed in Tanzania  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Paleontologists in Tanzania have found fossil fragments from a new species of giant dinosaur that walked the Earth approximately 100 million years ago (Cretaceous... more
Tasmania fires may 'wipe out' ancient species  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tasmania's ancient rainforest and alpine flora species face an uncertain future, scientists have warned, after out-of-control bushfires consumed vast tracts of wild bushland. more
Delays in banning wildlife trade put hundreds of species at risk  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according... more
Ancient Fresco of Mythical Narcissus Found in Pompeii  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Excavations in a lavishly decorated house in ancient Pompeii have yielded a Valentine's Day-worthy discovery: a fresco of Narcissus, the mythical hunter who fell in love with his own reflection. more
Delays in banning wildlife trade put hundreds of species at risk  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according... more
Marin County: Safe harbor for Native residents during the Mission era and beyond  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Contrary to the dominant narrative of cultural extinction, indigenous residents of Marin County survived colonization, preserving and passing on their traditions and... more
Pompeii dig uncovers Narcissus fresco in ancient atrium  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Archaeologists have discovered a fresco in an ancient Pompeii residence that portrays the mythological hunter Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection. more
Giant dinosaur trackway discovered in Queensland  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A well-preserved dinosaur trackway, travelled by three different types of dinosaurs, has been discovered in Winton in central west Queensland. more
Native turtles face extinction in South Australia, according to report  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Western Sydney University has contributed to new Australian research into native turtle populations in the Murray River and some of its associated waterways. The study finds that species... more
50 years ago, DDT pushed peregrine falcons to the edge of extinction  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
In 1969, peregrine falcons were at risk of extinction. But a ban on the pesticide DDT and new captive breeding programs allowed the raptors... more
New dinosaur with heart-shaped tail provides evolutionary clues for African continent  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new dinosaur that wears its 'heart' on its tail provides new clues to how ecosystems evolved on the African continent during the Cretaceous period. more
Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Marine scientists have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological and historical records - some dating back to... more
Some Cretaceous Spiders Had Reflective Eyes, New Fossils Reveal  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
In a paper published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, an international team of paleontologists from the University... more
Tanzanian 'beast' sheds light on gigantic dinosaur group  REUTERS · 1 week
A relatively complete skeleton of a long-necked, long-tailed plant-eater excavated from a rocky cliff above a Tanzanian river is providing... more
Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Marine scientists from the University of Queensland, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines... more
Titanosaur the Size of a School Bus Had Heart-Shaped Tail Bones  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A newfound dinosaur seems to wear its heart on its tail, according to paleontologists who found the enormous beast and realized this "hopeless romantic" had heart-shaped... more
Source apportionment of circum-Arctic atmospheric black carbon from isotopes and modeling  Science Magazine · 1 week
Black carbon (BC) contributes to Arctic climate warming, yet source attributions are inaccurate due to lacking observational constraints and uncertainties in emission inventories. Year-round, isotope-constrained observations... more
Mnyamawamtuka: New dinosaur with heart-shaped tail provides evolutionary clues for African continent  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new dinosaur that wears its "heart" on its tail provides new clues to how ecosystems evolved on the African continent during the Cretaceous... more
Cryofixation and electron tomography reveals novel compartment in arbuscular mycorrhiza  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Agricultural productivity depends on supplying crops with adequate nutrients. To that end there is interest in using an ancient plant symbiosis with fungi to improve the ability of... more
Lake Malawi is home to unique fish species. Nearly 10% are endangered  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An estimated 9% of the 458 fish species assessed in Lake Malawi are at high risk of extinction. This is worrying, not least because... more
Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new species in the family of Softshell Turtles is described from Northern Vietnam and China by a Hungarian-Vietnamese-German team of researchers. The newly discovered reptile has a distinctly blotched shell and is so... more
Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
'Megalodon' -- a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies -- likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.... more
It's fish on ice, as frozen zoos make a last-ditch attempt to prevent extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Twenty-six of the forty-six fish species known to live in the Murray-Darling basin are listed as rare or threatened. Recent... more
Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For decades, it has been assumed that the Chinese Softshell Turtles from East Asia all belonged to one and the same species, Pelodiscus sinensis. Widely distributed all the way from the Russian Far East... more
Ecosystem changes following loss of great white sharks  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study has documented unexpected consequences following the decline of great white sharks from an area off South Africa. The study found that the disappearance of great whites has led to... more
Archaeologists must avoid prehistoric Brexit parallels – they encourage twisted readings of the past  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
This is not the first Brexit, apparently. That "watery Brexit" happened around 6,000 BC when Britain was detached from continental... more
Did Great White Sharks Wipe Out the Giant Megalodon?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Teaser: A re-examination of the fossil record has produced a new theory of the super-fish's demise. more
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