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Our electric universe

The Electric Universe theory has been described as “a controversial but promising theory where plasma and electric charge are responsible for most things that we take for granted”(1). If true, what implications does it have […]

Natural history

The Cave Bear vs our Forebears

The cave bear went extinct some 24,000 years ago. It was a largely vegetarian species, whose remains were mostly found in caves, hence the name. There is some contested evidence that ancient humans venerated the […]

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  • Foundations of Medieval Friary Found 8 December 2018
    KINGUSSIE, SCOTLAND—BBC News reports that human bones dating to the Middle Ages have been found in the Scottish Highlands, near the foundations of what may have been a Christian chapel built by Carmelite friars, who arrived in Britain in the thirteenth century. Archaeologist Steven Birch of West Coast Archaeology Services said the bones, which are […]
  • Excavation of Scotland’s Mote of Urr Revisited 7 December 2018
    DALBEATTIE, SCOTLAND—The Scotsman reports that the 1950s excavation of the Mote of Urr, a motte-and-bailey castle in Scotland’s Southern Uplands, has been published by a team of researchers from Guard Archaeology. The structure was first built in the late twelfth century and is thought to have been destroyed by fire. When it was rebuilt, a […]
  • Looted Middle Kingdom Burials Unearthed in Egypt 7 December 2018
    CAIRO, EGYPT—According to an Egypt Today report, a team of researchers has investigated three burial chambers in a tomb in a Middle Kingdom (1842-1799 B.C.) cemetery in the southern Fayoum. Ayman Ashmawy, head of the archaeological mission, said the chambers were probably looted in antiquity and later reused. The site is then thought to have […]

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  • Early Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage, Well-Preserved Soft Tissues Show 10 December 2018
    An international team of paleontologists has found the exceptionally preserved remains of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur that lived 180 million years ago (Early Jurassic epoch). The fossil is so well-preserved that its soft-tissues retain some of their original flexibility. Molecular and microstructural analyses of the fossil have revealed that this creature was warm-blooded, had insulating blubber […]
  • New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Australia: Weewarrasaurus pobeni 6 December 2018
    Paleontologists in Australia have found a fossil fragment from a new species of ornithopod dinosaur that walked the Earth approximately 100 million years ago (Cretaceous period). The new Australian dinosaur, named Weewarrasaurus pobeni, was about the size of a large dog. The ancient creature was an ornithopod dinosaur, part of a group of small plant-eating […]
  • Oligocene-Epoch Whale Had Neither Teeth Nor Hair-Like Baleen 3 December 2018
    A team of U.S. paleontologists has described a remarkable new species of whale that lived about 33 million years ago (Oligocene epoch). The researchers found that this toothless whale, named Maiabalaena nesbittae, had no baleen, showing a surprising intermediary step between the baleen whales that live today and their toothed ancestors. “Maiabalaena nesbittae represents a […]