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Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof. more
The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn't hurt  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists analyzed bits of beer vessels from an ancient Peruvian brewery to learn what the beer was made of and where the... more
Mesopotamian King Sargon II envisioned ancient city Karkemish as western Assyrian capital  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In "A New Historical Inscription of Sargon II from Karkemish," published in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Gianni Marchesi translates a recently discovered... more
These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal species. more
Disappearing bumblebee species under threat of extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The American Bumblebee - a species once more commonly seen buzzing around Southern Ontario - is critically endangered, according to a new study. The finding found the native North American species, Bombus pensylvanicus, is... more
Disappearing bumblebee species under threat of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The American Bumblebee—a species once more commonly seen buzzing around Southern Ontario—is critically endangered, according to a new study led by York University. more
How superstitions spread  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Ancient Roman leaders once made decisions about important events, such as when to hold elections or where to build new cities, based on the presence or flight patterns of birds. Builders often omit the thirteenth floor from their floor plans,... more
Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Paleontologists have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull... more
The quest to save the banana from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled US$400m.... more
New Dinosaur Species Uncovered in Mongolia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Paleontologists in Mongolia have discovered a new species of hadrosauroid dinosaur that roamed what is now the Gobi Desert approximately 90 million years ago.... more
Lithium detected in an ancient star gives new clues for Big Bang nucleosynthesis  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain) and the University of Cambridge (UK) have detected lithium (Li) in the ancient... more
Scientists unearth 220 million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Argentina  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A site containing the 220-million-year-old fossilised remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered in western Argentina, researchers said Wednesday. more
Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Paleontologists at Ohio University have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear,... more
Switch from hunting to herding recorded in ancient urine  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
A new study begins to resolve the scale and pace of change during the first phases of animal domestication beyond the Fertile Crescent. To reconstruct this history, the authors turned... more
These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Almost 100 million years ago, a tiny and misfortunate beetle died after wandering into a sticky glob of resin leaking from a tree in a region near present-day Southeast Asia.... more
Genetics behind the evolution of flightless birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Based on the analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions of their genome,... more
Volcanic Eruptions Caused End-Permian Extinction, New Evidence Confirms  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
An international team of paleontologists from China and the United States has found high levels of mercury in the end-Permian... more
Meet Gobihadros, a new species of Mongolian hadrosaur  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The complete skeletal remains of a new species of Mongolian dinosaur fill in a gap in the evolution of hadrosaurs, according to a study released April 17, 2019 in the open-access journal... more
Switch from hunting to herding recorded in ancient pee  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The transition from hunting and gathering to farming and herding is considered a crucial turning point in the history of humanity. Scholars think the intensive food production that came along... more
Fish that outlived dinosaurs reveals secrets of ancient skull evolution  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new study into one of the world's oldest types of fish, Coelacanth, provides fresh insights into the development of the skull and brain of vertebrates and the... more
Lightning hits Acropolis in Greece injuring 4, site intact  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A lightning bolt struck the Acropolis in Athens during a rainstorm Wednesday, lightly injuring two visitors and two guards but causing no damage to the country's most famous ancient site,... more
Small fossils with big applications: BP Gulf of Mexico time scale  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Geologic time scales are critical to understanding the timing, duration, and connection of geologic events. They are not static, and can be improved with research, integration,... more
Asian elephant outlives stegodon—advantage due to diverse diet  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Together with their Chinese colleagues, Senckenberg scientists studied the feeding habits of the Asian elephant and its extinct relative, the stegodon, during the Pleistocene. They reached the conclusion that the Asian elephant... more
Rhinos, Gomphotheres, Camels, Horses, Antelopes and Alligators Lived in Ancient ‘Texas Serengeti’  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Dr. Steven May, a paleontology research associate at the University of Texas at Austin, has studied and identified an extensive collection of fossils from... more
Mild equine asthma can distinguish winners from losers on the racetrack  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
From chariot racing in ancient Rome to the modern Kentucky Derby, horse racing has been celebrated in some form for more than a thousand years. Whether... more
Researchers discover 'ghostly' signs of a mysterious new mineral  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An international research team including Curtin University scientists has documented the 'ghost' of an undiscovered mineral at two ancient meteorite impact craters. more
Cometary Surprise Found Inside Meteorite  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
An ancient sliver of the building blocks from which comets formed was discovered encased inside a meteorite like an insect in amber by a Carnegie-led research... more
Climate change threatens endangered sparrows  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A new study finds that some sparrow species will likely go extinct within the century due to climate change. more
‘Cities’ reveals common ground between ancient and modern urban life  SCIENCE-NEWS · 6 days
In the book ‘Cities,’ archaeologist Monica Smith sees the positives in past and present metropolises. more
Climate change threatens endangered sparrows  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that some sparrow species will go extinct within the century due to climate change. more
New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. The extinction 252 million years... more
World's Rarest Giant Turtle Loses Last Known Female, All But Guaranteeing Extinction  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
The world's last known female Yangtze giant softshell turtle died one day after a failed artificial insemination in China. more
New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. more
Baby tyrannosaur’s eBay auction sparks outrage  Science Magazine · 6 days
Paleontologists decry sale, scientific display of commercially owned specimen more
Study: Aegean farmers replaced hunters of ancient Britain  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A wave of migrants from what is now Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago and virtually replaced the existing hunter-gatherer population, according to a study published Monday in... more
Of bunyips and other beasts: Living memories of long-extinct creatures in art and stories  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
On many continents during the last ice age, typically from about 50,000 to 12,000 years ago, species of megafauna that... more
Paleontologists Find Exquisitely-Preserved Dinosaur Skin Traces  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
Several footprints and exquisitely-preserved skin impressions made by a small theropod dinosaur approximately 120 million years ago (Aptian age of the Early Cretaceous epoch)... more
Depression-Era Workers Found Strange Fossilized Beasts in 'Texas Serengeti'  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
About 12 million years ago, antelopes with slingshot-like horns and beasts that weren't quite elephants but that had long trunks and tusks tramped across the "Texas Serengeti" searching for food... more
Driving a wedge into historic gaps of climate science  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Evidence of historic marine life present in Alaskan permafrost is helping scientists reconstruct ancient changes in the ice cover over the Arctic Ocean. more
Ancient lakes: Eyes into the past, and the future  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Baikal, Biwa and Bosuntwi. Maracaibo, Malawi and Matano. Tule, Tahoe and Titicaca. more
DNA fragments from ancient hominins reveal new branches of the Denisovan lineage  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
It's widely accepted that anatomically modern humans interbred with their close relatives, the Neanderthals and Denisovans, as they dispersed out of Africa. more
Fossils of Silurian Sea Cucumber Found in UK  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of paleontologists has found the remains of an extinct sea cucumber in 430 million-year-old (Silurian period) fossil-rich... more
Conservationists discover hidden diversity in ancient frog family  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Research scientists have uncovered hidden diversity within a type of frog found only in the Seychelles, showing that those on each island have their own distinct lineage. The family tree of sooglossid... more
Homo luzonensis: New Species of Ancient Human Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An early human species with a unique mix of primitive (that is, Australopithecus-like) and derived (that is, Homo sapiens-like) morphological... more
A new species of ancient human and real-time evolutionary changes in flowering plants  Science Magazine · 1 week
The ancient humans also known as the “hobbit” people (Homo floresiensis) might have company in their small stature with the discovery of... more
Conservationists discover hidden diversity in ancient frog family  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Research scientists led by the University of Kent have uncovered hidden diversity within a type of frog found only in the Seychelles, showing that those on each island have their own distinct... more
Ancient 'Texas Serengeti' had elephant-like animals, rhinos, alligators and more  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
During the Great Depression, Texans were put to work as fossil hunters. The workers retrieved tens of thousands of specimens that have been studied in small bits and... more
Ancient DNA reveals new branches of the Denisovan family tree  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It's widely accepted that anatomically modern humans interbred with their close relatives, the Neanderthals and Denisovans, as they dispersed out of Africa. But a study examining DNA fragments... more
Driving a wedge into historic gaps of climate science  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Evidence of historic marine life present in Alaskan permafrost is helping scientists reconstruct ancient changes in the ice cover over the Arctic Ocean. more
Ancient 'Texas Serengeti' had elephant-like animals, rhinos, alligators and more  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
During the Great Depression, some unemployed Texans were put to work as fossil hunters. The workers retrieved tens of thousands of specimens that have been studied in small... more
How much evidence is enough to declare a new species of human?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The announcement of a new species of ancient human (more correctly hominin) from the Philippines, reported today in Nature, will cause a lot of... more
Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines say they plan more diggings and... more
Archaeologists identify first prehistoric figurative cave art in Balkans  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Archaeologist have revealed the first example of Paleolithic figurative cave art found in the Balkan Peninsula. more
New Species of Early Human Is Even Smaller Than the 'Hobbit'  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The ancient bones and teeth of a previously unknown human relative — one that was even smaller than the so-called Hobbit — have been discovered deep... more
Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippine Cave May Rewrite Human History  NPR · 2 weeks
Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of... more
Fossils of enigmatic extinct human species found on Philippine island  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Thirteen fossil bones and teeth excavated in a cave in the Philippines represent an enigmatic previously... more
Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippines Cave May Rewrite Human History  NPR · 2 weeks
Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of... more
Archaeologists identify first prehistoric figurative cave art in Balkans  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team, led by an archaeologist from the University of Southampton and the University of Bordeaux, has revealed the first example of Palaeolithic figurative cave art found in the... more
A new hominid species has been found in a Philippine cave, fossils suggest  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Cave fossils found in the Philippines come from a newly discovered member of the human lineage, researchers say more
Stone Circles Ringed House That May Have Belonged to the Neolithic 'One Percent'  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The ancient stone circles around Stonehenge and Avebury in England may have all started with the commemoration of a single Neolithic house. more
'Cthulhu' fossil reconstruction reveals monstrous relative of modern sea cucumbers  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An exceptionally preserved fossil from Herefordshire in the UK has given new insights into the early evolution of sea cucumbers. Paleontologists from the UK and USA created a... more
'Cthulhu' fossil reconstruction reveals monstrous relative of modern sea cucumbers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An exceptionally-preserved fossil from Herefordshire in the UK has given new insights into the early evolution of sea cucumbers, the group that includes the sea pig and its... more
Biodiversity: Climate key to abundance of life  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Natural history museum paleontologists have succeeded in mapping historical biodiversity in unprecedented detail. For the first time, it is now possible to compare the impact of climate on global biodiversity in the distant past... more
Tracking records of the oldest life forms on Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Ancient organic matter of biological origin has been tracked in multiple samples of rock spanning over 2,000 million years of Earth's history, according to researchers. more
New research about biodiversity reveals the importance of climate on today's abundance of life  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Biodiversity Natural history museum paleontologists in Copenhagen and Helsinki have succeeded in mapping historical biodiversity in unprecedented detail. For the... more
New fossil evidence claims first discovery of taro in Maori gardens  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The first discovery of Polynesian taro grown in Māori gardens in the 1400s can be claimed by an archaeological research project on Ahuahu-Great Mercury Island. more
Studies of fossil teeth reveal another Pleistocene ape species from Southeast Asia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientists were able to document an additional fossil ape species in the Senckenberg hominid collection. The new species... more
New Species of Extinct Pig-Footed Bandicoot Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
An international team of researchers from Australia and the United Kingdom has discovered a new species of pig-footed bandicoot which has been... more
Perfectly preserved dinosaur skin found in Korea  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Paleontologists are used to finding dinosaur bones and tracks. But remnants of soft tissue, like muscles or skin, are rare and often not well preserved. A very small percentage of tracks – much less... more
European researchers to drill for ancient Antarctic ice  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A group of 14 European scientific institutions plan to retrieve the world's oldest ice as part of research into past climate change. more
Ancient shipwreck to be made accessible to divers in Greece  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Near the northern Greek island of Alonissos lies a remarkable ancient shipwreck: the remains of a massive cargo ship that changed archaeologists' understanding of shipbuilding in antiquity. more
Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars. more
Declassified U2 spy plane images reveal bygone Middle Eastern archaeological features  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
By analyzing thousands of declassified images from Cold War-era U2 spy missions, scientists have discovered archaeological features like prehistoric hunting traps, 3,000-year-old irrigation canals, and hidden... more
Woolly mammoths and Neanderthals may have shared genetic traits  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry -- woolly mammoths and Neanderthals -- shared molecular characteristics of adaptation to cold environments. more
Tracking records of the oldest life forms on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The discovery provides a new characteristic 'biosignature' to track the remains of ancient life preserved in rocks which are significantly altered over billions of years and could help identify life... more
Carbon lurking in deep ocean threw ancient climate switch, say researchers  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A million years ago, a longtime pattern of alternating glaciations and warm periods dramatically changed, when ice ages suddenly became longer and more intense. Scientists have... more
Evolution imposes 'speed limit' on recovery after mass extinctions  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
It takes at least 10 million years for life to fully recover after a mass extinction, a speed limit for the recovery of species diversity that is well known among... more
Revolutionary camera allows scientists to predict evolution of ancient stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
For the first time scientists have been able to prove a decades old theory on stars thanks to a revolutionary high-speed camera. more
Woolly mammoths and Neanderthals may have shared genetic traits  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry—woolly mammoths, elephant-like animals that evolved in the arctic peninsula of Eurasia around... more
Carbon lurking in deep ocean threw ancient climate switch, say researchers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A million years ago, a longtime pattern of alternating glaciations and warm periods dramatically changed, when ice ages suddenly became longer and more intense. Scientists have... more
Revolutionary camera allows scientists to predict evolution of ancient stars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
For the first time scientists have been able to prove a decades old theory on stars thanks to a revolutionary high-speed camera. more
New carbon dioxide capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change
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