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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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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  • Obsidian Trade in Poland Dates Back At Least 20,000 Years 22 February 2019
    WARSAW, POLAND—According to a Science in Poland report, obsidian was used for making tools and weapons in what is now Poland at least 20,000 years ago, even though volcanic glass is not known to occur naturally anywhere in the country. “People [have] always paid special attention to exotic products and raw materials from distant lands,” […]
  • Additional Ardipithecus ramidus Fossils Studied 22 February 2019
    CLEVELAND, OHIO—Science News reports that a collection of Ardipithecus ramidus fossils, including 42 from the lower body, two jaw fragments, and a large number of teeth, have been discovered in Ethiopia’s Gona Project area, about 60 miles from the spot where 110 fossils from the same species were first discovered in the 1990s. At the […]
  • Medieval Terracotta Well Discovered in Southern India 22 February 2019
    TAMIL NADU, INDIA—The Times of India reports that an eleventh-century well has been discovered near a temple dedicated to Shiva located close to the Pambaru River in southwest India. The well was constructed with two terracotta rings measuring seven feet across and six inches tall that were placed one on top of the other and […]

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  • Moros intrepidus: New Deer-Sized Species of Tyrannosaur Discovered 22 February 2019
    Paleontologists have unveiled a remarkable new species of tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Cretaceous period: a small relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery is described in the journal Communications Biology. Medium-sized, primitive tyrannosaurs have been found in North America dating from the Jurassic period (around 150 million years ago). By the Cretaceous period (81 million years […]
  • Cretaceous Marsupial Lived Above Arctic Circle 21 February 2019
    Paleontologists have uncovered a new species of marsupial that lived during the Cretaceous period above the Arctic Circle, the farthest north marsupials have ever been found. The new marsupial, named Unnuakomys hutchisoni, is a member of Metatheria, a group within mammals that includes modern-day marsupials and their fossil relatives. The opossum-like critter roamed the Earth […]
  • Extraordinary Diversity on Land Is Not a Recent Phenomenon, Says New Study 20 February 2019
    According to new research published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, land animal diversity has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs. “Our work provides an example of the combined power of the fossil record and modern statistical approaches to answer major questions […]