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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    on 17 June 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests dogs' facial anatomy has changed over […]

  • Past climate change: A warning for the future?
    on 17 June 2019 at 8:46 pm

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  • 9,000 years ago, a community with modern urban problems
    on 17 June 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Bioarchaeologists report new findings from the ancient ruins of Çatalhöyük, in modern Turkey. The results paint a picture of what it was like for humans to move from a nomadic […]

  • Environmental oxygen triggers loss of webbed digits
    on 13 June 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Free fingers have many obvious advantages on land, such as in locomotion and grasping, while webbed fingers are typical of aquatic or gliding animals. But both amphibians and amniotes -- which […]

  • New 'king' of fossils discovered in Australia
    on 13 June 2019 at 1:51 pm

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  • Origins of cannabis smoking
    on 12 June 2019 at 8:56 pm

    A chemical residue study of incense burners from ancient burials at high elevations in western China has revealed psychoactive cannabinoids. The finding provides some of the earliest evidence for the […]

  • How multi-celled animals developed
    on 12 June 2019 at 6:14 pm

    New findings challenge the long-standing idea that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-celled ancestor resembling a modern sponge cell known as a choanocyte. […]

  • Rising sea levels destroyed evidence of shell middens at many prehistoric coastal sites
    on 12 June 2019 at 6:14 pm

    In a new study, researchers confirm a theory from the 1970s that coastal hunter-gatherers processed much of their shellfish at the beach before returning with their meat to camps on higher ground, […]

  • Old ice and snow yields tracer of preindustrial ozone
    on 12 June 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Using rare oxygen molecules trapped in old ice and snow, US and French scientists have answered a long-standing question: How much have 'bad' ozone levels increased since the start of the Industrial […]

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  • Medieval Tower Discovered at Slovakian Castle 17 June 2019
    MARKUŠOVSKÝ, SLOVAKIA—The Slovak Spectator reports that the base of a circular tower thought to date to the end of the thirteenth or beginning of the fourteenth centuries has been discovered at Markušovský Castle, which is located in eastern Slovakia. Markušovský Castle was first mentioned in historic documents dating back to A.D. 1284, when the Máriassy […]
  • Nineteenth-Century Artifacts Recovered in Canada 17 June 2019
    NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, CANADA—Archaeological investigation ahead of water and sewer maintenance work in the city of St. John’s has revealed a collection of 79 human teeth and other artifacts dating back to the nineteenth century, according to a report in The Chronicle Herald. The teeth were recovered from a wooden drain in the sewer system. […]
  • Colonial Tavern Site Uncovered in North Carolina 17 June 2019
    GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA—According to a report in The Charlotte Observer, researchers led by Charles Ewen of East Carolina University were investigating the colonial-era port of Brunswick Town when they discovered a cache of artifacts under the floorboards of a tavern that is thought to have burned down in the 1760s. The building’s walls collapsed over the […]

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  • Giant Cambrian Trilobite Species Unearthed in Australia 14 June 2019
    Paleontologists have unearthed fossils of a giant trilobite species that inhabited Australian waters approximately 500 million years ago (Cambrian period). Trilobites are a group of extinct marine arthropods that resemble modern-day horseshoe crabs and are related to modern crustaceans and insects. These creatures appeared in ancient oceans in the Early Cambrian period, about 540 million […]
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