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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  • Humans Reached Greek Island Nearly 200,000 Years Ago 18 October 2019
    ATHENS, GREECE—Agence France-Presse reports that evidence for the presence of Neanderthals dating back as early as 200,000 years ago has been found in a quarry on the Greek island of Naxos by an international team of scientists led by Tristan Carter of McMaster University and Dimitrios Athanasoulis of the Cycladic Ephorate of Antiquities. Hundreds of […]
  • Neolithic Cemetery Excavated in Poland 18 October 2019
    SADOWLE, POLAND—Twenty-three grave pits containing human and animal bones, pottery vessels, flint axes, and wild boar fangs have been discovered in a Neolithic cemetery in south-central Poland, according to a Science in Poland report. Wojciech Pasterkiewicz of the University of Rzeszów said the cemetery belonged to people of the Globular Amphora Culture, who lived in […]
  • Scientists Analyze Ancient Egyptian Paint Colors 18 October 2019
    ODENSE, DENMARK—Chemist Kaare Lund Rasmussen of the University of Southern Denmark and an international team of researchers analyzed paint samples taken from a column capital in the ancient Egyptian palace of King Apries, who ruled from 589 to 570 B.C. The team members identified two naturally occurring mineral pigments whose use had previously been unknown […]

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  • Nearly Complete Specimen of Saurornitholestes langstoni Unearthed in Canada 18 October 2019
    A fossil site in Canada has yielded the best-preserved specimen of the dromaeosaurid dinosaur Saurornitholestes langstoni ever found. First scientifically described in 1978, Saurornitholestes langstoni is a carnivorous feathered dinosaur within the family Dromaeosauridae (also known as raptors). It lived approximately 76 million years ago (Cretaceous period) in what is now North America. The species […]
  • Giant Dinosaurs Evolved Various Brain-Cooling Mechanisms: Study 17 October 2019
    Different groups of gigantic dinosaurs had different thermoregulatory strategies to help moderate brain temperatures in the face of high heat loads, according to new research from the Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Small dinosaurs could have just run into the shade to cool off, but for giant dinosaurs, the potential for overheating was […]
  • Eocene-Epoch Stingray Had Unique Body Plan 15 October 2019
    A new species of prehistoric stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species, has been identified from fossils found in Italy. “Stingrays (order Myliobatiformes) are a very diverse group of cartilaginous fishes comprising more than 360 extant species arranged in 11 families,” explained Dr. Giuseppe Marrama, a paleontologist with the Institute of […]