Natural history

Recent survival of dinosaurs?

Given the discovery of soft tissue in dinosaur bones, and a very well-preserved fossilised dinosaur, one question being asked is: could dinosaurs have survived into much more recent times? The longstanding consensus is that (non-avian) […]

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  • Evidence of Parasite Infestations Found at England's Must Farm 16 August 2019
    EAST ANGLIA, ENGLAND—An examination of four human coprolites recovered from Must Farm, a Bronze Age settlement discovered in wetland fens in the East of England, revealed heavy infestation with the eggs of fish tapeworms, giant kidney worms, whipworms, and other parasites, according to a report in The Guardian. Marissa Ledger and Piers Mitchell of Cambridge […]
  • Hellenistic-Era Tomb Discovered in Northern Greece 16 August 2019
    KOZANI, GREECE—Tornos News reports that an intact tomb dating to the end of the first century B.C. was discovered at a coal mine in northern Greece. The body of the woman who had been buried in the tomb had been laid to rest on a bronze funeral bed. A gold leaf had been placed in […]
  • Genetic Study Suggests Human Role in Cave Bear Extinction 15 August 2019
    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND—A genetic study conducted by paleogeneticist Verena Schūnemann of the University of Zurich and her colleagues suggests that modern humans contributed to the extinction of cave bears some 20,000 years ago, according to a report in The Washington Post. The scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited through the female line, collected from 130 […]

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  • Ancient Giant Penguin Unearthed in New Zealand: Crossvallia waiparensis 15 August 2019
    The fossilized bones of a large-sized penguin species that lived during the Paleocene epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago) have been discovered in New Zealand. Named Crossvallia waiparensis, the ancient penguin was about 5.2 feet (1.6 m) tall — taller than today’s 4-foot (1.2 m) Emperor penguin — and had a mass of […]
  • Devonian Fossil Forest Unearthed in China 12 August 2019
    Paleontologists have discovered a 360-million-year-old (Devonian period) fossilized forest of lycopsid trees near Xinhang in China’s Anhui province — the oldest known fossil forest in Asia. The Xinhang forest covered an area of at least 62 acres (250,000 m2) and grew in a coastal environment prone to flooding. Lycopsid trees found in the forest resembled […]
  • World’s Largest Parrot Lived 19 Million Years Ago in New Zealand 7 August 2019
    An international group of paleontologists has found two incomplete bones from an ancient parrot with a mass of 7 kg, double that of the heaviest known parrot, the kakapo (Strigops habroptila). Named Heracles inexpectatus, the giant parrot lived in New Zealand about 19 million years ago (Miocene epoch). The bird was about 3.3 feet (1 […]