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Molecular identification of fungi microfossils in a Neoproterozoic shale rock  Science Magazine · 2 hours
Precambrian fossils of fungi are sparse, and the knowledge of their early evolution and the role they played in the colonization of land surface are limited. Here, we... more
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 2.7 billion years ago inferred from micrometeorite oxidation  Science Magazine · 2 hours
Earth’s atmospheric composition during the Archean eon of 4 to 2.5 billion years ago has few constraints. However, the geochemistry of recently discovered iron-rich... more
Engineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
According to ancient lore, Genghis Khan instructed his horsemen to wear silk vests underneath their armor to better protect themselves against an onslaught of arrows during battle. Since the time of Khan,... more
First ancient DNA from West/Central Africa illuminates deep human past  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
An international team led by Harvard Medical School scientists has produced the first genome-wide ancient human DNA sequences from west and central Africa. more
Neutron source enables a look inside dino eggs  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
Did the chicks of dinosaurs from the group oviraptorid hatch from their eggs at the same time? This question can be answered by the length and arrangement of the embryo's bones, which... more
Neutron source enables a look inside dino eggs  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Did the chicks of dinosaurs from the group oviraptorid hatch from their eggs at the same time? This question can be answered by the length and arrangement of the embryo's bones, which... more
Ancient Assyrian rock carvings in Iraq show procession of gods riding mythical animals  LIVE SCIENCE · 9 hours
Stunning ancient rock carvings that portray an Assyrian king paying homage to his gods amid a procession of mythical animals have been... more
An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, a volcano helped life flourish.  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
A massive meteorite impact and extreme volcanic activity occurred around the same time that Earth's large dinosaurs went extinct. But, did the volcanic activity... more
'Ancient' cellular discovery key to new cancer therapies  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Researchers have uncovered a metabolic system which could lead to new strategies for therapeutic cancer treatment. A team has found a link between a metabolic system in a yeast, and now mammals,... more
The little auks that lived in the Pacific  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Findings from a 700,000-year-old fossil bone indicate that a close relative of the most abundant seabird species in the North Atlantic, the modern dovekie, or 'little auk,' used to thrive in the... more
Discovery of beneficial fungal taxa may help restore native plant in the PNW  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Camas, a seed-producing forb, grows in prairie and wetland habitats in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and carries profound prehistoric and current significance... more
Platypus on brink of extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
New research calls for national action to minimize the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs. more
Five ways to turn carbon dioxide from pollution to a valuable product  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
It's far easier to avoid burning fossil fuels than it is to clean up CO2 emissions once they're in the Earth's atmosphere. But the... more
Modified plants to curb climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Each year, an average of 120 gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) worldwide is released through soil and vegetation respiration. Plants are capable of taking in nearly 123 gigatons through photosynthesis in the same period. But as... more
Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Genghis Khan's conquering armies fed on dried curd as they crossed the vast steppes of Eurasia, ancient Romans imported pungent cheeses from France, and Bedouin tribes... more
Fossils of Earliest Known Scorpion Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
The exceptionally preserved fossils of the oldest species of scorpion ever found have been unearthed in Wisconsin, the United States. The newly-discovered ancient scorpion... more
It was microbial mayhem in the Chicxulub crater, research suggests  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New insights into how microbial life was quickly re-established following the mass extinction of the dinosaurs have been detailed for the first time by Curtin University-led research. more
Are Birds Dinosaurs?  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Modern birds can trace their origins to theropods, a branch of mostly meat-eaters on the dinosaur family tree. more
Australia fires 'devastating habitats' of endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Australia's bushfires and other climate change effects are devastating the habitats of critically endangered species and driving the native platypus towards extinction, according to surveys highlighting the country's vulnerability to rising temperatures. more
Climate change pushing Australia's platypus towards extinction: researchers  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Prolonged drought and other effects of climate change are pushing Australia's unique platypus population towards extinction, scientists warned in a study published Monday. more
TESS Dates an Ancient Collision with Our Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an... more
'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds  REUTERS · 5 days
An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120... more
New Feathered Dinosaur Species Identified in China  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Paleontologists in China have identified a new species of microraptorine dromaeosaur closely related to the famous dinosaur Velociraptor. The newly-discovered dinosaur lived... more
A new method for dating ancient earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Constraining the history of earthquakes produced by bedrock fracturing is important for predicting seismic activity and plate tectonic evolution. In a new study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports Jan 17, 2020, a... more
Transformational innovation needed to reach global forest restoration goals  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The U.N. and other international organizations agree that forest restoration is a critical part of the collective global effort to combat climate change, reduce extinctions, and improve the lives of... more
An evolving understanding of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Few things related to science capture the imagination more than the magic of worlds past. This includes the origins of life, dinosaurs, mass extinctions, meteorite impacts, and the evolution of our species. Understanding the evolution of life is... more
Using machine learning to fine-tune views of the ancient past  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China and two in the U.S. has developed a way to use machine learning to get a better look... more
Black rhino population shows steady growth  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Good news stories can be hard to come by in an era of extinction, but the steady improvement in the fortunes of the black rhino is one of those stories. more
Human ancestors may have eaten hard plant tissues without damaging teeth  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Hard plant foods may have made up a larger part of early human ancestors' diet than currently presumed, according to a new experimental study of modern... more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid -- not volcanoes  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international team... more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It... more
On impact and volcanism across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary  Science Magazine · 6 days
The cause of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction is vigorously debated, owing to the occurrence of a very large bolide impact and flood basalt volcanism near the boundary. Disentangling their relative importance is... more
A high-resolution summary of Cambrian to Early Triassic marine invertebrate biodiversity  Science Magazine · 6 days
One great challenge in understanding the history of life is resolving the influence of environmental change on biodiversity. Simulated annealing and genetic algorithms were used to... more
'Living fossil' may upend basic tenet of evolutionary theory  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A research team has discovered the first conclusive evidence that selection may also occur at the level of the epigenome -- a term that refers to an assortment of chemical... more
Glimpse into ancient hunting strategies of dragonflies and damselflies  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Dragonflies and damselflies are animals that may appear gentle but are, in fact, ancient hunters. The closely related insects shared an ancestor over 250 million years ago -- long before... more
Fossil is the oldest-known scorpion  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Scientists studying fossils collected 35 years ago have identified them as the oldest-known scorpion species, a prehistoric animal from about 437 million years ago. The researchers found that the animal likely had the capacity to breathe in both... more
'Living fossil' may upend basic tenet of evolutionary theory  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The field of evolutionary biology has seen its share of spirited debates. But if there's one principle that virtually every expert in the field agrees on, it's that natural selection... more
Fossil is the oldest-known scorpion  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists studying fossils collected 35 years ago have identified them as the oldest-known scorpion species, a prehistoric animal from about 437 million years ago. The researchers found that the animal likely had the capacity to breathe in both... more
This is the oldest scorpion known to science  Science Magazine · 6 days
Ancient arachnid could reveal clues about the evolution of modern scorpions and spiders more
Glimpse into ancient hunting strategies of dragonflies and damselflies  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Dragonflies and damselflies are animals that may appear gentle but are, in fact, ancient hunters. The closely related insects shared an ancestor over 250 million years ago—long before dinosaurs—and provide... more
New species of prehistoric scorpion may have been early land explorer  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A new species of prehistoric scorpion from the early Siluarian period (approximately 437.5 to 436.5 million years ago) is described in a study in Scientific Reports.... more
Fossils of largest theropod to date found in Australia  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A team of researchers from the University of New England, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum and Swinburne University of Technology, all in Australia, has identified fossils found... more
Bird species are facing extinction hundreds of times faster than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Extinction, or the disappearance of an entire species, is commonplace. Species have been forming, persisting and then shuffling off their mortal coil since life began on... more
Ancient Yahweh Worshipper's Jar Bears Hebrew Script in Biblical City  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
A 2,800-year-old jar inscribed in Hebrew with the Yahwistic name "Benayo" has been discovered at Abel Beth Maacah, an Israel site mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. more
Potential to adapt is revealed by evolutionary genomics  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Global climate change is going to drastically alter the environmental conditions for humans and nature. Animals and plants unable to cope with the new conditions are thus forced to shift their range... more
Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. more
New dinosaur discovered in China shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China, and described by American and Chinese authors and published today in the journal,... more
New feathered dinosaur shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how... more
Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was symbolically painted  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was a multicolored and emblematic sacred icon worshiped for almost 700 hundred years before Spanish conquest, according to a new study. more
Aquatic and terrestrial cyanobacteria produce methane  Science Magazine · 1 week
Evidence is accumulating to challenge the paradigm that biogenic methanogenesis, considered a strictly anaerobic process, is exclusive to archaea. We demonstrate that cyanobacteria living in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments produce methane at substantial rates under... more
Beach-combing Neanderthals dove for shells  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Did Neanderthals wear swimsuits? Probably not. But a new study suggests that some of these ancient humans might have spent a lot of time at the beach. They may even have dived into the cool waters of the... more
Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was symbolically painted  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Pachacamac Idol of ancient Peru was a multicolored and emblematic sacred icon worshipped for almost 700 hundred years before Spanish conquest, according to a study published January 15, 2020 in the... more
'Soil photosynthesis' helps to mitigate environmental pollution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NOx gases is the generic term used to refer to the group of gases made up of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, gases that result from burning fossil fuel, and also from forest fires,... more
New assessment of gas locked in ice in European waters  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A study led by the University of Southampton has mapped several sites in Europe containing gas hydrate—a relatively clean fuel which could help bridge the gap between fossil... more
New assessment of gas locked in ice in European waters  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A study has mapped several sites in Europe containing gas hydrate - a relatively clean fuel which could help bridge the gap between fossil fuels and renewables. more
Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists know that a particular protein is responsible for regulating gene expression of photosystems in response to perturbations in photosynthetic electron flow, but how it senses the electrons has been an unresolved... more
Shrinking dinosaurs and the evolution of endothermy in birds  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The evolution of endothermy (thermoregulation by metabolic means) represents a major transition in vertebrate history. However, the process of endothermy evolution and its timeline in birds and mammals remains controversial.... more
Germany to support 'bio-economy' with 3.6 bn euros  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
German ministers on Wednesday agreed an action plan for the "bio-economy" worth 3.6 billion euros to help sustainable resources replace material of fossil origin in everyday products. more
Super-fast beer fermentation from ancient Norwegian yeast  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The distinctly Norwegian beer-brewing yeast kveik reduces fermentation time drastically. That's a huge advantage, according to NTNU Ph.D. candidate Christian Schulz. more
'Amazing': New embryo made of nearly extinct rhino species  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers say they have successfully created another embryo of the nearly extinct northern white rhino in a global effort to keep the species alive. Just two animals remain, and both... more
Infectious disease defenses among ancient hominid contributions to adaptation of modern humans  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
During the past decade, our human evolutionary tree has turned into something more resembling an unwieldy bush. Scientists have discovered swapped segments of DNA... more
550-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Guts Found  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Paleontologists from the University of Missouri have discovered the well-preserved digestive tracts in the fossils of microscopic animals called cloudinomorphs. The worm-like animals lived during the Ediacaran period,... more
On the trail of purple: Tracking ancient trade routes through purple dye  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As part of a DFG-funded project, a German-Tunisian team co-directed by LMU archaeologist Stefan Ritter have surveyed the ancient city of Meninx on the... more
Australia's bushfires could drive more than 700 animal species to extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The scale and speed of the current bushfire crisis has caught many people off-guard, including biodiversity scientists. People are scrambling to estimate the long-term effects. It... more
Collectively, environmental stakeholders are just as smart as scientific experts  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Many species are threatened with extinction, fish stocks are overfished. How can the complex relationships between wildlife, natural ecosystems and humans in a large number of habitats be... more
How to make it easier to turn plant waste into biofuels  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil... more
How to make it easier to turn plant waste into biofuels  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil... more
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy  nanowerk · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller... more
Future subtropical warming accelerates tropical climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In response to future fossil fuel burning, climate computer models simulate a pronounced warming in the tropical oceans. This warming can influence the El Niño phenomenon and shift weather and rainfall patterns across the... more
Future subtropical warming accelerates tropical climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
In response to future fossil fuel burning, climate computer models simulate a pronounced warming in the tropical oceans. This warming can influence the El Niño phenomenon and shift weather and rainfall patterns across the... more
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller... more
World’s Oldest Slime Mold Found in Amber  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The fossilized fruiting bodies of a myxomycete from the extant genus Stemonitis preserved in Kachin amber date back some 100 million years... more
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller... more
Inside story on cassowary evolution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
One of the largest living birds, the Southern Cassowary, has a simple throat structure similar to the fellow Australian emu. Now new research confirms a common link between the cassowary and small flighted South American tinamou—and even the... more
Species-saving Galapagos giant tortoise Diego can take a rest  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Job done, prolific Galapagos giant tortoise Diego is being released back into the wild after being credited by authorities with almost single-handedly saving his species from extinction. more
TESS Shows Ancient North Star Undergoes Eclipses  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have shown that Alpha Draconis, a well-studied star visible to the naked... more
Puzzle of early Neolithic house orientations finally solved  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Human behavior is influenced by many things, most of which remain unconscious to us. One of these is known among perception psychologists as 'pseudo-neglect.' This refers to the observation that healthy people... more
Scientists find oldest-known fossilized digestive tract at 550 million years old  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A 550 million-year-old fossilized digestive tract found in the Nevada desert could be a key find in understanding the early history of animals on Earth. more
Scientists find oldest-known fossilized digestive tract -- 550 million years  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An analysis of tubular fossils provides evidence of a 550-million-year-old digestive tract -- one of the oldest known examples of fossilized internal anatomical structures -- and reveals what... more
Scientists use ancient marine fossils to unravel long-standing climate puzzle  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists have shed new light on the Earth's climate behavior during the last known period of global warming over 14 million years ago. more
Dating of volcanic ash at Sangiran shows Homo erectus arrived later than thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of researchers from Japan, Indonesia and Germany has found evidence that suggests Homo erectus arrived on the island of Java... more
Strength from perpetual grief: How Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
How do you support people forever attached to a landscape after an inferno tears through their homelands: decimating native food sources, burning through ancient scarred trees... more
Oldest Guts Ever Found May Reveal the Identity of a Mysterious Primordial Creature  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Fossils discovered in Nevada contain preserved guts from a mysterious creature that lived 550 million years ago. more
Australian animals face extinction threat as bushfire toll mounts  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When volunteer Sarah Price found a baby kangaroo frightened but miraculously alive in the pouch of its dying mother surrounded by the embers of Australia's bushfires, it seemed fitting to... more
Early humans revealed to have engineered optimized stone tools at Olduvai Gorge  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Early Stone Age populations living between 1.8-1.2 million years ago engineered their stone tools in complex ways to make optimized cutting tools. more
Lucy mission now has a new destination  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Less than two years before launch, scientists associated with NASA's Lucy mission, led by Southwest Research Institute, have discovered an additional small asteroid that will be visited by the Lucy spacecraft. Set to launch... more
Scientists use ancient marine fossils to unravel longstanding climate puzzle  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Cardiff University scientists have shed new light on the Earth's climate behavior during the last known period of global warming over 14 million years ago. more
From a by-product of the biodiesel industry to sustainable production of a valuable chemical  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Although governments, academia and organizations all around the world have been emphasizing the crisis concerning the use of fossil fuels... more
Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A delicate balance of electrons flowing through the photosynthetic machinery is essential to a plant's ability to turn sunlight into energy and its survival. Understanding the factors that regulate this balance is... more
100 million years in amber: Researchers discover oldest fossilized slime mold  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Most people associate the idea of creatures trapped in amber with insects or spiders, which are preserved lifelike in fossil tree resin. An international research team... more
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