October 21, 2018
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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Hyperborea – the seventh continent

By Dr Alexander Koltypin (and translated from Russian) Editor’s introduction: Dr. Alexander Koltypin is a Russian geologist and author whose research on disappeared continents and ancient civilisations has been widely reported online. Here, we feature […]

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  • Scientists Analyze Roman “Red Dust” October 19, 2018
    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—According to a Cosmos report, a team of scientists led by Effie Photos-Jones of the University of Glasgow subjected samples of mineral powder made up mostly of iron oxide to X-ray diffraction, geochemical analysis, dynamic light scattering, DNA sequencing, and antimicrobial tests to better understand why it was used in antiquity as a pigment […]
  • DNA Study Suggests Dogs Migrated With Early Farmers October 18, 2018
    RENNES, FRANCE—BBC News reports that a genetic study of dog remains recovered across Europe and Asia indicates that dogs traveled with early farmers from the Middle East some 9,000 years ago. “Our study shows that dogs and humans have an intertwined story—dogs followed humans during this migration across Europe,” said Morgane Ollivier of the University […]
  • Climate Fluctuations May Have Damaged Angkor’s Water System October 18, 2018
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—According to a Science News report, computer simulations suggest that heavy monsoon rains following decades of drought triggered failures in the extensive water system at Cambodia’s medieval city of Angkor Wat. Geoscientist Dan Penny of the University of Sydney said that during periods of intense rainfall, some of the earthen channels carrying water eroded […]

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  • Jurassic Flesh-Eating Fish Had Piranha-Like Teeth October 19, 2018
    A remarkable new species of predatory fish that lived about 152 million years ago (Jurassic period) has been identified from a fossil found in Germany. The ancient fish, named Piranhamesodon pinnatomus, belongs to Pycnodontiformes, an extinct order of ray-finned fishes that lived from Triassic to Eocene period. “It comes from a group of fishes that […]
  • Scientists Find New Biomarker Evidence for Neoproterozoic Animals October 17, 2018
    A team of scientists led by University of California, Riverside’s Professor Gordon Love has found the oldest evidence yet of animal life, dating back 100 million years before the famous Cambrian explosion. Rather than searching for conventional body fossils, Professor Love and colleagues have been tracking molecular signs (biomarkers) of animal life as far back […]
  • New Fossils of Ground Sloth-Like Dinosaur Could Help Reveal Why Sauropods Got So Big October 16, 2018
    Sauropods are a group of plant-eating dinosaurs which exceeded all other terrestrial vertebrates in body size. A new, in-depth anatomical description of the best preserved specimens of Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis, a sauropod relative from North America, could help paleontologists with unraveling the mystery of why these dinosaurs got so big. Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis lived in what is […]