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  • Origins of Egypt’s Sacred Ibis Mummies Examined 14 November 2019
    QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA—According to a Cosmos Magazine report, paleogeneticist Sally Wasef of Griffith University and her colleagues analyzed DNA extracted from the mummified remains of African sacred ibises and found it unlikely that the ancient Egyptians raised the birds in hatcheries or farms. The remains of at least several million Threskiornis aethiopicus, mummified between 600 B.C. […]
  • World War II Submarine Discovered Near Japan 14 November 2019
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—WFAA reports that the wreckage of the USS Grayback has been discovered under 1,427 feet of water off the southwest coast of Okinawa, Japan, by members of the Lost 52 Project team, who examined original World War II documents and realized there had been an error in the translation of the vessel’s location. The […]
  • Scientists Analyze Composition of Ancient Egyptian Bones 14 November 2019
    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—Researchers from the Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced that they have worked with scholars from the University of Cairo to analyze samples of mummified bone and soil collected at sites in Egypt where human remains were found, in an effort to determine if chemicals in the bone reflected the person’s daily activities, […]

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  • Gigantopithecus is Related to Modern-Day Orangutans, New Study Shows 14 November 2019
    Orangutans (genus Pongo) are the closest living relatives of Gigantopithecus blacki, the biggest primate that ever walked the Earth, according to new research published in the journal Nature. Gigantopithecus blacki is an extinct, giant hominid that once inhabited dense forests of Southeast Asia. As the name suggests, the giant primate was larger than gorillas, standing […]
  • New Species of Herbivorous Dinosaur Identified in Canada 14 November 2019
    Paleontologists in Canada have found the fossil fragments from a new species of leptoceratopsid dinosaur that walked the Earth during the Cretaceous period. The newly-discovered dinosaur lived approximately 67 million years ago (Cretaceous period). Named Ferrisaurus sustutensis, the prehistoric creature was about 5.7 feet (1.75 m long). It probably weighed about 150 kg (330 lbs), similar […]
  • Paleontologists Find Fossilized Feathers of Cretaceous Polar Dinosaurs and Birds 13 November 2019
    Paleontologists have discovered the fossilized feathers of dinosaurs and birds that lived 118 million years ago (Early Cretaceous epoch) in polar environment (around 70°S) in what is now southeastern Australia. Exceptionally preserved feathered dinosaur fossils (including birds) from the Mesozoic era are famous, but recognized from only very few localities worldwide, and are especially rare […]