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'Treasure trove' of dinosaur footprints found in southern England  PHYS.ORG · 49 minutes
More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints—made by at least seven different species—have been uncovered in East Sussex, representing the most diverse and detailed collection of these trace fossils from the... more
Scientists Try to Save Woolly Monkeys from Extinction … by Training Them to Be Wild Again  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Colombian researchers hope to revive an endangered species by rehabilitating monkeys confiscated from smugglers. The captive... more
California mandates 100-percent zero-emission bus fleet  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
California moved Friday to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. more
Leo DiCaprio's Rumored Plan to Buy a Dinosaur Duo Has Paleontologists Upset  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in the market for a $2.5 million dinosaur duo: a meat-eating Allosaurus mother and babe, according to Page... more
Mention of 'fossil fuels' cut from videos at UN climate talks  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Videos produced by environmental groups to be shown to thousands of participants in a major UN climate summit were banned by organisers for mentioning fossil fuels,... more
Horned dinosaur Crittendenceratops discovered in Arizona  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Palentologists are announcing a new dinosaur discovery in the southwest United States. Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii is a new ceratopsid (horned) dinosaur from 73-million-year-old (Late Cretaceous) rocks in southern Arizona. It is one of the few dinosaurs named... more
Early animals: Death near the shoreline, not life on land  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils -- the tracks and trails left by ancient animals --... more
Researchers Find Oldest Known Plant Virus  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Scientists studying ancient corncobs found at Antelope House, an Ancestral Puebloan ruin located at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, have discovered a 1,000-year-old... more
New techniques better determine how ancient viral DNA influences human genes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
New laboratory techniques can identify which of our genes are influenced by DNA snippets that are left behind in our genetic code by viruses. more
Death near the shoreline, not life on land  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils—the tracks and trails left by ancient animals—in sedimentary rocks that were deposited on the... more
Nations 'face extinction' without instant climate action  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Dozens of nations threatened with catastrophe from unchecked climate change warned Thursday they "face extinction" without immediate action to rein in mankind's emissions, as UN climate talks limped towards their conclusion. more
Oldest known plant virus found at ancient settlement  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported. more
Marine mammal experts gather to identify solutions to save threatened dolphins and porpoises  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Thirty-seven experts from 14 countries are gathering at the Cistercian Monastery in Heilsbronn—Nuremberg from December 14 to 18 to discuss conservation options... more
Research team discovers oldest known plant virus at ancient settlement  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported. more
Neandertal genes shed light on unique aspects of the modern human brain  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A characteristic feature of modern humans is the unusually round skull and brain, in contrast to the elongated shape seen in other human species.... more
New techniques better determine how ancient viral DNA influences human genes  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
New laboratory techniques can identify which of our genes are influenced by DNA snippets that are left behind in our genetic code by viruses, a new... more
3D-printed reconstructions provide clues to ancient site  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Part of the ancient archaeological site of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, believed by Incans to be where the world was created has been reconstructed using 3D printed models of fragments of an ancient building. more
3-D-printed reconstructions provide clues to ancient site  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Part of the ancient archaeological site of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, believed by Incans to be where the world was created has been reconstructed using 3-D printed models of fragments of an ancient building. The results... more
Huge Marsupial Lion Terrorized Ancient Australia, Sat Adorably on Its Tail  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
The marsupial lion has long mystified scientists. But the recent discovery of more of its fossils, including a nearly complete skeleton of the extinct beast, has... more
Professor models system using baking soda filled capsules to capture CO2 emissions  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Coal and natural gas represent the majority of the US energy supply. Even with pollution controls, burning these fossil fuels for energy releases a... more
First-ever look at complete skeleton of Thylacoleo, Australia's extinct 'marsupial lion'  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Thyalacoleo carnifex, the 'marsupial lion' of Pleistocene Australia, was an adept hunter that got around with the help of a strong tail, according to a new... more
First-ever look at complete skeleton of Thylacoleo, Australia's extinct 'marsupial lion'  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Thyalacoleo carnifex, the "marsupial lion" of Pleistocene Australia, was an adept hunter that got around with the help of a strong tail, according to a study... more
Multicomponent new particle formation from sulfuric acid, ammonia, and biogenic vapors  Science Magazine · 5 days
A major fraction of atmospheric aerosol particles, which affect both air quality and climate, form from gaseous precursors in the atmosphere. Highly oxygenated organic molecules (HOMs),... more
Chemical engineers advance olefins production through computational modeling  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Olefins are simple compounds of hydrogen and carbon but represent the building blocks of chemistry, and are vital for the synthesis of materials from polymers and plastics to petrochemicals. However, olefin production... more
Researchers reverse engineer way pine trees produce green chemicals worth billions  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil-fuel based... more
Researchers reverse engineer way pine trees produce green chemicals worth billions  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Washington State University researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range... more
Five reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A lot happened in the world of palaeontology in 2018. Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding of our reptile ancestors and... more
How Islamic State's destruction of ancient Palmyra played out on Arabic-language Twitter  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Pictures of the destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra have become iconic images of the conflict in Syria. These have been... more
Radical environmentalists are fighting climate change – so why are they persecuted?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Climate change, deforestation, widespread pollution and the sixth mass extinction of biodiversity all define living in our world today – an era that has... more
Fossils key to fulfilling Darwin's 160-year-old prediction  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new study by researchers at the University of Salford has shown that fossils are likely to be key to fulfilling a prediction made by Charles Darwin more than 160 years ago. more
A future for red wolves may be found on Galveston Island, Texas  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Red wolves, once nearly extinct, again teeter on the abyss. New research finds red wolf ancestry in Texas -- providing opportunities for additional conservation... more
A future for red wolves may be found on Galveston Island  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Red wolves, once nearly extinct, again teeter on the abyss. New research finds red wolf ancestry on Galveston Island—providing opportunities for additional conservation action and difficult... more
Tooth enamel analysis shows two early hominin species ate a generalized diet  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A team of researchers with members affiliated with several institutions in Germany has found evidence that suggests two species of hominins from the Early... more
Identity of Little Foot fossil stirs controversy  Science Magazine · 6 days
New papers say the skeleton is part of a contested hominin species—claims other researchers dispute more
'Miracle' Excavation of 'Little Foot' Skeleton Reveals Mysterious Human Relative  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
Following an epic 20-year-long excavation in South Africa, researchers have finally recovered and cleaned the nearly-complete skeleton of an ancient human relative. more
Super-Steamy Megalodon May Have Been Too Hot to Avoid Extinction  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
Why did megalodon go extinct? New research has answers, and the shark's high body temperature likely played a part. more
Chile's pine forests: a botanical dinosaur bound for extinction?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In Quinquen, an indigenous community in southern Chile, Ricardo Melinir shows off a forest of Chilean pine trees—the araucaria araucana, a "living fossil" seen as sacred by several local tribes. more
Scientists discover how birds and dinosaurs evolved to dazzle with colourful displays  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to a new study of feathers from... more
Tiny Australian wallaby the last living link to extinct giant kangaroos  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Scientists reveal that Australia's pint-sized banded hare-wallaby is the closest living relative of the giant short-faced kangaroos which roamed the continent for millions of years, but... more
Research brings traditional sustainable building material into 21st century  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
An international research project aiming to update an ancient, sustainable building material has succeeded in bringing it into line with modern thermal standards. more
Scientists discover how birds and dinosaurs evolved to dazzle with colourful displays  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to a new study of feathers from... more
DNA find: Tiny wallaby the last living link to extinct giant kangaroos  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A QUT-led collaboration with University of Adelaide reveals that Australia's pint-sized banded hare-wallaby is the closest living relative of the giant short-faced kangaroos which... more
16 of the Most Interesting Ancient Board and Dice Games  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
From the forerunner to backgammon to a Norse strategy game called Viking chess, here's a look at the fascinating games played in our very distant past. more
In Mauritius, sugar cane means money, renewable energy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Far out into the Indian Ocean where it is forced to be self-reliant, the island nation of Mauritius is weaning itself off fossil fuels by turning to its main cash-crop sugar cane,... more
New book encompasses the vast history of reproduction  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new book is the first to encompass the vast history of how living things procreate, from the banks of the ancient Nile to the fertility clinics of today. more
Planetary Defense: The Bennu Experiment  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
On Dec. 3, after traveling billions of kilometers from Earth, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its target, Bennu, and kicked off a nearly two-year, up-close investigation of... more
Planetary defense: The Bennu experiment  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
On Dec. 3, after traveling billions of kilometers from Earth, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its target, Bennu, and kicked off a nearly two-year, up-close investigation of the asteroid. It will inspect nearly every square inch of this ancient... more
Reproduction, from Hippocrates to IVF  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The first book to take in 3,000 years of baby-making shows how women functioned as "vessels" in early ideas of creation, until the ancient Greeks established theories of "dual contribution—whether two seeds or two souls—that dominated beliefs about... more
Planetary defense: The Bennu experiment  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
On Dec. 3, after traveling billions of kilometers from Earth, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its target, Bennu, and kicked off a nearly two-year, up-close investigation of the asteroid. It will inspect nearly every square inch of this ancient... more
Scientists find new giant dinosaur  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Paleontologists from Russia have described a new dinosaur, the Volgatitan. Seven of its fossilized vertebrae, buried in the ground for about 130 million years, were found on the banks of the Volga, not far from the village of... more
Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
By combining ocean models, animal metabolism and fossil records, researchers show that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by... more
Temperature-dependent hypoxia explains biogeography and severity of end-Permian marine mass extinction  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Rapid climate change at the end of the Permian Period (~252 million years ago) is the hypothesized trigger for the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history.... more
Volcanic eruptions that depleted ocean oxygen may have set off the Great Dying  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Massive eruptions from volcanoes spewing greenhouse gases 252 million years ago may have triggered Earth’s biggest mass extinction. more
An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human... more
An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of researchers from France, Sweden, and Denmark have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that... more
Ancient, Unknown Strain of Plague Found in 5,000-Year-Old Tomb in Sweden  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
In a nearly 5,000-year-old tomb in Sweden, researchers have discovered the oldest-known strain of the notorious bacterium Yersinia pestis. more
Carbon emissions will reach 37 billion tonnes in 2018, a record high  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise more than 2% (range 1.8% to 3.7%) in 2018, taking global... more
Widespread decrease in wind energy resources found over the Northern Hemisphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As climate change is becoming a greater matter of concern, efforts on mitigation are being undertaken by the world community. Developing clean and renewable energy is... more
New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Australia: Weewarrasaurus pobeni  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Paleontologists in Australia have found a fossil fragment from a new species of ornithopod dinosaur that walked the Earth approximately... more
Global carbon dioxide emissions rise even as coal wanes and renewables boom  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Renewable energy capacity has hit record levels and global coal use may have already peaked. But the world's carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels... more
CO2 emissions up 2.7%, world 'off course' to curb warming: study  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Global emissions of carbon dioxide mainly from fossil fuel burning will rise 2.7 percent in 2018, scientists said Wednesday, signalling a world "completely off course" in... more
Soft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a... more
Radiocarbon re-dating of contact-era Iroquoian history in northeastern North America  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
A time frame for late Iroquoian prehistory is firmly established on the basis of the presence/absence of European trade goods and other archeological indicators. However, independent dating evidence... more
Paving the way for more efficient hydrogen cars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit only water vapor from their tailpipes, offering a cleaner alternative to fossil-fuel-based transportation. But for hydrogen cars to become mainstream, scientists need to develop more efficient hydrogen-storage systems. Now,... more
Soft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers that includes scientists from North Carolina... more
Global carbon dioxide emissions rise even as coal wanes and renewables boom  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Global fossil fuel emissions are on track to rise for a second year in a row, primarily due to growing energy use, according to... more
Medullary bone found in Cretaceous birds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of scientists led by Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, reported the first occurrence of medullary bone in Enantiornithes, the dominant clade of birds during... more
Enhancing our vision of the past  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists have advanced our understanding of how ancient animals saw the world by combining the study of fossils and genetics. more
Enhancing our vision of the past  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Bristol have advanced our understanding of how ancient animals saw the world by combining the study of fossils and genetics. more
Navigation system in rodents akin to ancient, open ocean direction-finding  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The navigation system used by rodents is similar to that used by Pacific Islanders in finding their way through the open ocean without a compass, a team of... more
Navigation system in rodents akin to ancient, open ocean direction-finding  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The navigation system used by rodents is similar to that used by Pacific Islanders in finding their way through the open ocean without a compass, a team of... more
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