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Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
Earth is seeing an unprecedented loss of species, which some ecologists are calling a sixth mass extinction. In May, a United Nations... more
High diversity of harvestmen in Atlantic Rainforest and ancient geological events  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
In the southern Atlantic Rainforest remnants between Rio de Janeiro State in Southeast Brazil and Santa Catarina State in South Brazil, there are some 600 species... more
Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink... more
Here's how early humans evaded immunodeficiency viruses  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
The cryoEM structure of a simian immunodeficiency virus protein bound to primate proteins shows how a mutation in early humans allowed our ancestors to escape infection while monkeys and apes did not. SIV's Nef... more
Shocking rate of plant extinctions in South Africa  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Plant extinctions from South Africa's three biodiversity hot spots represent 45.4 percent of all extinctions from 10 of the world's 36 hotspots, new research finds. more
Elevated Levels of Oxygen Gave Rise to North American Dinosaurs, Scientists Say  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
A team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Texas Austin has used a new technique to analyze tiny amounts of... more
Genetic diversity couldn't save Darwin's finches  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Researchers found that Charles Darwin's famous finches defy what has long been considered a key to evolutionary success: genetic diversity. The study of the finches of the Galapagos Islands could change the way conservation biologists think... more
Ancient Skeletons with Alien-Like Heads Unearthed in Croatia  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Archaeologists have unearthed three ancient skeletons in Croatia — and two of them had pointy, artificially deformed skulls. more
Wildlife meeting backs more protection for giraffes  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Wildlife-supporting countries on Thursday backed regulating international trade in giraffes in a bid to offer more protection to the gentle giants, feared to be facing a "silent extinction". more
Geologists get called 'dirty polluters', but we're needed to fight climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
When people hear we are geologists, we are often asked if we have found any oil lately. Sadly—and wrongly—the most common view of geology... more
Shocking rate of plant extinctions in South Africa  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Over the past 300 years, 79 plants have been confirmed extinct from three of the world's biodiversity hotspots located in South Africa—the Cape Floristic Region, the Succulent Karoo, and the Maputuland-Pondoland-Albany corridor. more
Switching on the Atlantic Ocean heat pump  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
34 million years ago the warm 'greenhouse climate' of the dinosaur age ended and the colder 'icehouse climate' of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation,... more
Switching on the Atlantic heat pump  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
34 million years ago, the warm greenhouse climate of the dinosaur age ended, and the colder icehouse climate of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first, and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, the global... more
Identified: Molecular structure that breaks down an important component of smog  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Nitrogen oxides, also known as NOx, form when fossil fuels burn at high temperatures. When emitted from industrial sources such as coal power plants, these pollutants... more
Meet Adratiklit boulahfa, World’s Earliest Known Stegosaur  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
Paleontologists in Morocco have found fossil fragments from a new genus and species of stegosaur that walked the Earth about 168 million... more
Salt deposits on Mars hold clues to sources of ancient water  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
For centuries, miners have burrowed into the earth in search of salt—laid down in thick layers from ancient oceans long since evaporated. When scientists saw huge... more
20-million-year-old skull suggests complex brain evolution in monkeys, apes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research on one of the oldest and most complete fossil primate skulls from South America shows instead that the pattern of brain evolution in this group was far more... more
Cranial endocast of a stem platyrrhine primate and ancestral brain conditions in anthropoids  Science Magazine · 2 days
Understanding of ancestral conditions for anthropoids has been hampered by the paucity of well-preserved early fossils. Here, we provide an unprecedented view... more
20-million-year-old skull suggests complex brain evolution in monkeys, apes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
It has long been thought that the brain size of anthropoid primates—a diverse group of modern and extinct monkeys, humans, and their nearest kin—progressively increased over time. New research on... more
'Otterly adorable'?: Demand for cute selfies puts animals at risk  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Social media users are fuelling a burgeoning appetite for acquiring wild otters and other endangered animals as pets, conservationists say, warning the trend could push species towards extinction. more
New species of stegosaur is oldest found anywhere in the world  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The remains of the new dinosaur were found in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco and have since been studied by a team at London's Natural... more
Rise of dinosaurs linked to increasing oxygen levels  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Scientists have found that increasing oxygen levels are linked to the rise of North American dinosaurs around 215 M years ago. A new technique for measuring oxygen levels in ancient rocks shows... more
Scientists unpack the history of Western France, written in 300 million year old rainwater  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For the first time scientists have been able to reconstruct the chemical composition of rainwater from 300 million year old... more
Astronomers Trained AI to find Ancient Galaxy Collisions from the Early Universe  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
There are bright lights all over the universe where galaxies are smashing together. And now astronomers have a new way to find them. more
Connected forest networks on oil palm plantations key to protecting endangered species  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Set-aside patches of high-quality forest on palm oil plantations may help protect species like orangutans, as well as various species of insects, birds and... more
Shedding light on the reaction mechanism of PUVA light therapy for skin diseases  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The term "PUVA' stands for 'psoralen' and 'UV-A radiation.' Psoralens are natural plant-based compounds that can be extracted from umbelliferous plants such... more
Neanderthal tool-making process may have been simpler than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Neanderthals and other early humans produced a tarry glue from birch bark; this was long considered proof of a high level of cognitive and cultural development. Researchers had... more
Scientists discover new way to reconstruct what extinct animals looked like  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists could be set to reveal the most accurate depictions of ancient vertebrates ever made after a world-first discovery at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. more
Ancient Mars was warm with occasional rain, turning cold  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists have long known that water was abundant on ancient Mars, but there has been no consensus on whether liquid water was common, or whether it was largely frozen in... more
Researchers discover prehistoric shark species  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Two South Carolina researchers have discovered a species of prehistoric shark, along with dozens of other fossils from prehistoric sea creatures. more
Genetic study suggests humans, not Ice Age, killed off European cave bears  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions across Europe has found evidence that suggests humans were responsible for the extinction of cave bears... more
Lizards from cold climates may face rapid extinctions in next 60 years, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Lizards that produce live young are significantly more likely to be driven to extinction through climate change than those that... more
Gentle giraffes threatened with 'silent extinction'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For most of his life as a Samburu warrior, Lesaiton Lengoloni thought nothing of hunting giraffes, the graceful giants so common a feature of the Kenyan plains where he roamed. more
Global meet to mull trade rules to protect endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Specialists will meet in Geneva from Saturday to try to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns and other endangered animal and plant species amid growing... more
Ancient feces reveal how 'marsh diet' left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
'Coprolites' from the Must Farm archaeological excavation in East Anglia, UK, shows the prehistoric inhabitants were infected by parasitic worms... more
Ancient feces reveal how 'marsh diet' left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New research published today in the journal Parasitology shows how the prehistoric inhabitants of a settlement in the freshwater marshes... more
Countries push to protect sharks, rays  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Dozens of countries will push at a global meeting for regulations on trade in 18 types of shark and ray, with conservationists warning Thursday of looming extinction for many species. more
Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton's caracara from a... more
Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton's caracara from a... more
Superdeep diamonds confirm ancient reservoir deep under Earth's surface  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Analyses show that gases found in microscopic inclusions in diamonds come from a stable subterranean reservoir at least as old as the Moon, hidden more than 410 km below sea... more
Neanderthals and Ancient Humans Suffered from Swimmer’s Ear: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Exostoses of the ear canal — more commonly called swimmer’s ear — were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according... more
Dinosaur brains from baby to adult  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research sheds light on how the braincase of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus developed and what this reveals about its posture. more
Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear  REUTERS · 1 week
Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen... more
Composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Eumelanin -- a natural pigment found for instance in human eyes -- has, for the first time, been identified in the fossilized compound eyes of 54-million-year-old crane-flies. It was previously assumed that melanic screening... more
Now endangered: The very act that protects wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Trump administration recently announced a proposal that would gut the Endangered Species Act. The news follows in the wake of a report from the United Nations earlier this year that more... more
Dinosaur brains from baby to adult  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New research by a University of Bristol palaeontology post-graduate student has revealed fresh insights into how the braincase of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus developed and how this tells us about its posture. more
A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Many dream of what they would do had they a time machine. Some would travel 100 million years back in time, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Not many, though, would think of... more
54 million year-old fossil flies yield new insight into the evolution of sight  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Fossilised flies that lived 54 million years ago have revealed a surprising twist to the tale of how insects' eyes evolved. These craneflies, unveiled... more
Researchers dish up digital avocado  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It's an ancient fruit, but the avocado has been brought into the new millennium with the publication of its draft genome, which may be the key to improvements in future crops. more
Ancient Giant Penguin Unearthed in New Zealand: Crossvallia waiparensis  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The fossilized bones of a large-sized penguin species that lived during the Paleocene epoch (between 66 and 56... more
Newly Discovered 'Monster' Penguin Was As Tall As an Adult Human  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Fish swam for their lives when they encountered a forbidding, ancient "monster" penguin that would have towered over today's largest penguin. more
In the shadow of the dinosaurs  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers describe Clevosaurus hadroprodon, a new reptile species from Rio Grande do Sul state in southern Brazil. more
Monster penguin find in Waipara, New Zealand  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new species of giant penguin -- about 1.6 metres tall -- has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury in New Zealand. more
Shard reveals how Cyprus' ancient kingdoms managed economy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An archaeologist says the discovery of a small clay shard inscribed with a partial inventory of goods at a 2,500-year-old citadel suggests that Cyprus' ancient city states "more than likely" managed their... more
Scientists poke a hole in the age of trees  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Some of Britain's most majestic ancient trees are probably not as ancient as we previously thought, one of the country's leading tree-ageing experts has suggested. more
Engraved bones reveal that symbolism had ancient roots in East Asia  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Denisovans might have etched line patterns on two animal bone fragments more than 100,000 years ago in what’s now northern China. more
A new sphenodontian from Brazil is the oldest record of the group in Gondwana  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Research published this Wednesday (August 14th) in Scientific Reports describes Clevosaurus hadroprodon, a new reptile species from Rio Grande do... more
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. more
Monarchs caught up in rewrite of endangered species rule  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from... more
Goodbye monarchs? Protection changes may imperil butterflies  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to... more
Key factors in how some algae harness solar energy  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have discovered how diatoms -- a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen -- harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The discovery could help lead to... more
Space Dust from Ancient Supernova Found Hiding in Antarctica  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Researchers recently identified cosmic iron traces in snow that fell in Antarctica. Preserved in the snow was dust containing a rare isotope that originated in a supernova. more
Amulets of Deities, Skulls and Phalluses Found in Ancient Pompeii  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A stash of ancient amulets is seeing the light of day, now that archaeologists in Pompeii have unearthed the treasures from under a pile of ash dating to... more
Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Subsurface explorers have uncovered a previously undescribed 'Jurassic World' of around 100 ancient volcanoes buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins of central Australia. more
Editorial: Trump guts the Endangered Species Act. Polar bears and bald eagles, take notice  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Trump administration announced reckless and potentially devastating new rules Monday that will weaken the Endangered Species Act, which currently... more
Jurassic Volcanic Province Discovered in Australia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of researchers has discovered around 100 ancient volcanoes and associated lava flows buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins in central Australia.... more
Ancient pigs endured a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research has resolved a pig paradox. Archaeological evidence has shown that pigs were domesticated in the Near East and as such, modern pigs... more
Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of subsurface explorers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has uncovered a previously undescribed Jurassic world of around 100 ancient volcanoes... more
Grave Robbers Missed These Ancient Greek Graves, Filled with More than a Dozen Skeletons  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Grave robbers are usually a determined bunch, but for the past 3,400 years, unsavory burglars have managed to miss two... more
Ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance revealed  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A study from McMaster University has unearthed new details about the evolutionary history of both antibiotic production and resistance and dates their co-emergence as far back as 350 to 500... more
Ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance revealed  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The study is the first to put antibiotic biosynthesis and resistance into an evolutionary context. The findings will help to guide the future discovery of new antibiotics and antibiotic alternatives... more
First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists have discovered that the building blocks of proteins can stabilize cell membranes. This finding may explain how the first cells emerged from the... more
Ancient pigs endured a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
New research led by Oxford University and Queen Mary University of London has resolved a pig paradox. Archaeological evidence has shown that pigs were... more
Devonian Fossil Forest Unearthed in China  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Paleontologists have discovered a 360-million-year-old (Devonian period) fossilized forest of lycopsid trees near Xinhang in China’s Anhui province — the oldest known fossil forest... more
Trump overhauls endangered species protections  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species and other changes critics... more
Study gauges trees' potential to slow global warming in the future  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Like the eponymous character in Shel Silverstein's classic children's tale, trees are generous with their gifts, cleaning the air we breathe and slowing the ravages of... more
Divers Find 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard Near Tiny Greek Island  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Ancient sailors courted adventure and risked death on the Aegean Sea, as shown in five 2,000-year-old shipwrecks and a giant, granite anchor pole found near the Greek island of Levitha. more
Focus on moving the weight rather than your muscles to lift heavier or longer  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The 'mind-muscle connection'. Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers. more
Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Some fossil plants that lived in wetlands had fungi living in their roots, and others don't. To understand why, scientists waded into modern wetlands... more
Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers describe the largest example of a Devonian forest, made up of 250,000 square meters of fossilized lycopsid trees, which was recently discovered in China's Anhui province. more
Fuzzy Baby T. Rex Is One of 4 New Stamps Featuring the Dinosaur King  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A set of four new stamps created by the U.S. Postal Service highlight the fearsome and much-loved king of the... more
How a huge forest of extinct trees sparked transformation of life on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
If you were to step back in time some 365 million years, you might see a landscape more akin to the wilder... more
The mind-muscle connection: For aesthetes, not athletes?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The 'mind-muscle connection.' Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers. But when the goal is muscle performance rather than growth alone, does the idea still carry any weight? A new analysis... more
Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully". more
Astronomers Discover Vast Ancient Galaxies, Which Could Shed Light on Dark Matter  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive... more
Middle Stone Age foragers resided in high elevations of the glaciated Bale Mountains, Ethiopia  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Studies of early human settlement in alpine environments provide insights into human physiological, genetic, and cultural adaptation potentials. Although Late... more
Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Devonian period, which was 419 million to 359 million years ago, is best known for Tiktaalik, the lobe-finned fish that is often portrayed pulling itself onto land. However, the "age of the fishes,"... more
Protein factors increasing yield of a biofuel precursor in microscopic algae  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As an alternative to traditional fossil fuels, biofuels represent a more environmentally friendly and sustainable fuel source. Plant or animal fats can be converted to biofuels... more
Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Paleobotanist Az Klymiuk didn't set out to upend science's understanding of the fossil record of plant-fungal associations. She just wanted to figure out the... more
Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant 'Squawkzilla' Parrot, As Big As Small Child  NPR · 2 weeks
The flightless bird weighed 15 pounds and was about 3 feet tall and probably feasted on other parrots. Study lead Trevor Worthy made the discovery after... more
A long time ago, galaxies far, far away  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive galaxies. This is the first multiple discovery of... more
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