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New study shows huge dinosaurs evolved different cooling systems to combat heat stroke  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Different dinosaur groups independently evolved gigantic body sizes, but they all faced the same problems of overheating and damaging their brains. Researchers... more
Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier... more
Surveying solar storms by ancient Assyrian astronomers  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Researcher finds evidence of ancient solar magnetic storms based on cuneiform astrological records and carbon-14 dating. This work may help with our understanding of intense solar activity that can threaten modern electronics. more
Solar storm surveys by ancient Assyrian astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Scientists at the University of Tsukuba study ancient cuneiform records for evidence of unusual solar activity 2,700 years ago, and identify three possible magnetic storms by matching the dates with tree-ring radioisotope data more
Plant skeletons: Weighing the environmental impacts of a byproduct of biofuel combustion  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
As a renewable resource, biomass presents an appealing alternative to fossil fuels for energy production. Burning plants, however, is not a completely clean process;... more
Scientists discover how malaria switched host from African gorillas to humans  NEWS MEDICAL · 8 hours
Researchers have revealed the series of events that probably led to the world’s deadliest form of malaria being able to jump from ancient great apes to... more
Did early mammals turn to night life to protect their sperm?  SCIENCE DAILY · 9 hours
Humans are diurnal -- we are active in the day and sleep at night. But diurnalism is by far the exception rather the rule in mammals.... more
Geologists reveal anoxia caused loss in biodiversity in ancient seas  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
Since 2016, the researchers of the Department of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology have been engaged in a research project analyzing the causes of Silurian biodiversity crisis.... more
Examining age, sustainability of fossil aquifers in Arabian Peninsula  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
What does the presence of 1,000 year old water mean for the future of water supplies under the desert regions of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen and the United... more
Discovered: Unknown yellow colors from antiquity  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Antique artefacts have been studied by chemists, revealing a hitherto unknown use of yellow in Ancient Egypt. more
4,000-Year-Old Mummies Showed Early Signs of Heart Disease  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Five mummies dating to 4,000 years ago had cholesterol buildup in their arteries, hinting that humans have been susceptible to heart disease since ancient times. more
Searching for water  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In a place like Delaware, where it rains frequently, water is a renewable resource. Natural processes will replenish the water that is being used or consumed. In an area where rain is not as plentiful, such as the Arabian Peninsula,... more
Did early mammals turn to night life to protect their sperm?  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Humans are diurnal—we are active in the day and sleep at night. But diurnalism is by far the exception rather the rule in mammals. About 250-230... more
Survival strategy found in living corals which was only seen in fossil records  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Some corals can recover after massive mortality episodes caused by the water temperature rise. This survival mechanism in the marine environment --... more
Eocene-Epoch Stingray Had Unique Body Plan  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
A new species of prehistoric stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species, has been identified from fossils found in Italy.... more
Egypt says archeologists uncover 20 ancient coffins in Luxor  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor. more
Researchers map the evolutionary history of oaks  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
How oaks are related has long posed a challenge to scientists. Dr. Andrew Hipp, senior scientist at The Morton Arboretum, led an international team of 24 scientists to unravel the history of global oak... more
Bones Filled with Marrow Served as Prehistoric Humans' 'Cans of Soup'  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Around 400,000 years ago, humans set aside bones filled with tasty grease and marrow, storing them like canned soup for later meals. more
Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday. more
Museum explores spooky science behind 'Frankenstein', 'The Mummy'  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
What is the spookiest thing about "Frankenstein," "The Mummy" and "Dracula"? The hideous monster? The ancient curse? The sharp fangs? more
Fossilized dinosaur proteins, and making a fridge from rubber bands  Science Magazine · 6 days
Have you ever tried to scrub off the dark, tarlike residue on a grill? That tough stuff is made up of polymers—basically just byproducts of cooking—and it is... more
Kinship-based social inequality in Bronze Age Europe  Science Magazine · 6 days
Revealing and understanding the mechanisms behind social inequality in prehistoric societies is a major challenge. By combining genome wide data, isotopic evidence as well as anthropological and archaeological data, we go beyond the dominating... more
ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter Spots Ancient River System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
A new image from the High Resolution Stereo Camera onboard ESA’s Mars Express shows the part of Nirgal Vallis, a... more
Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv. The research provides direct evidence that... more
Meet Siamraptor suwati, a new species of giant predatory dinosaur from Thailand  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Fossils discovered in Thailand represent a new genus and species of predatory dinosaur, according to a new study. more
River relic spied by Mars Express  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Mars may seem to be an alien world, but many of its features look eerily familiar—such as this ancient, dried-up river system that stretches out for nearly 700 kilometres across the surface, making it one of... more
Fossil fuel industry sees the future of their product in hard-to-recycle plastic  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Plastic pollution and the climate crisis are two inseparable parts of the same problem, though they aren't treated as such. Many countries have implemented... more
Why Humans' Extinct 'Hobbit' Relatives Were So Small  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
The diminutive size of the extinct human relative called the Hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, could come down to really fast evolution. more
New Giant Carnivorous Dinosaur Unveiled: Siamraptor suwati  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Paleontologists have announced the discovery of a new genus and species of carcharodontosaurian dinosaur, based on the fossilized remains found in Thailand.... more
Ancient fossils reveal fresh clues about early life on land  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Slime has been present on Earth for a very long time—almost 2 billion years, according to a recent reassessment of fossil evidence. more
River relic spied by Mars Express  ESA · 7 days
Mars may seem to be an alien world, but many of its features look eerily familiar – such as this ancient, dried-up river system... more
Fossils of 'shark-toothed' carnivorous dinosaur found in Thailand  REUTERS · 7 days
Fossils of a large carnivorous dinosaur that was a top predator about 115 million years ago have been unearthed in... more
Living evidence of a fossil survival strategy raises hope for warming-affected corals  Science Magazine · 1 week
Climate change is affecting reef-building corals worldwide, with little hope for recovery. However, coral fossils hint at the existence of environmental stress–triggered survival strategies... more
Study finds prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone... more
Meet Siamraptor suwati, a new species of giant predatory dinosaur from Thailand  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Fossils discovered in Thailand represent a new genus and species of predatory dinosaur, according to a study released October 9, 2019 in the open-access... more
A study of genetic contributions to changes in prehistoric human stature  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that genetics played a large role in changes in height for Europeans over... more
Pioneers of lithium-ion battery win 2019 Nobel chemistry prize  REUTERS · 1 week
Scientists John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for... more
Meet the 'mold pigs,' a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery... more
Meet the 'mold pigs,' a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery... more
Study: Short-Term or Catastrophic Events Caused Extinction of Wrangel Island Mammoths  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The world’s last population of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) lived on Wrangel Island, currently... more
Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must reconstruct the ecosystems in which they lived. Because putting together the puzzle of millions-of-years-old ecosystems is a difficult task,... more
Ancient Maya canals and fields show early and extensive impacts on tropical forests  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New evidence in Belize shows the ancient Maya responded to population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features in wetlands, potentially... more
A study on tropical fish sheds light on species invasions  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Biodiversity, i.e., the variety of life forms on Earth, is in great danger. Human-driven climate change and intensive land use are altering ecosystems, and globalisation facilitates the transport... more
How differences in the genetic 'instruction booklet' between humans and Neanderthals influenced traits  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When it comes to our differences from Neanderthals, most of what we know comes from comparing fossils. But fossils can only tell... more
Ancient Maya canals and fields show early and extensive impacts on tropical forests  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New evidence in Belize shows the ancient Maya responded to population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features in wetlands, potentially... more
Archaea hold clues to ancient ocean temperatures  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Solving a decades-old mystery, Stanford researchers have discovered proteins that enable hardy microbes called archaea to toughen up their membranes when waters are overly warm. Finding these proteins could help scientists piece together the... more
Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must first piece together the details of the ancient plant and animal communities that our fossil ancestors lived in over... more
Curiosity rover finds an ancient oasis on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA's Curiosity rover. more
NASA's Curiosity Rover finds an ancient oasis on Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA's Curiosity rover. more
Was Venus once warm and wet? New study of lava flow suggests not  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study of the Ovda Fluctus lava flow on Venus indicates that it is made of basaltic lava. This discovery weakens... more
The last mammoths died on a remote island  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The last woolly mammoths lived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean; they died out 4,000 years ago within a very short time. An international research team from the Universities of Helsinki... more
Ancient 'Curse of the Dancer' Deciphered, Revealing Backstabbing Rivals  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A Greek engraving on a 1,500-year-old lead tablet discovered in the ruins of an ancient theater in Israel has finally been deciphered. more
In Brazil, Amazon fires threaten millenary rock paintings  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Ancient rock paintings in Brazil's Monte Alegre park are being threatened by some of the fires burning in the Amazon region. more
Israeli archaeologists claim to discover ancient city  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Israel's Antiquities Authority on Sunday said that researchers have discovered the remains of a large, 5,000-year-old city that sheds new light on experts' understanding of the period. more
Ancient Greek Scroll's Hidden Contents Revealed Through Infrared Imaging  NPR · 2 weeks
More than 200 years ago, a scroll damaged by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius was unrolled and pasted onto cardboard, even though it had writing on the back. New imagery... more
This Bizarre, Eel-Like Shark Prowled the Oceans 350 Million Years Ago  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Paleontologists discovered the first nearly complete skeleton of an ancient shark belonging to the genus Phoebodus. more
New Cretaceous Pterosaur Discovered in Australia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The 96 million-year-old fossilized bones discovered in Queensland, Australia, have been identified as a new genus and species of ornithocheirid pterosaur, Ferrodraco lentoni. Pterosaurs... more
Team studies 2000-year-old Herculaneum Scrolls  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers led by the renowned ancient artifacts expert Professor Brent Seales will be using the U.K."s Diamond Light Source synchrotron science facility in the heart of Oxfordshire to examine a collection of world-famous ancient artifacts owned by the... more
Extinction Rebellion plans fortnight of worldwide climate action  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Extinction Rebellion climate protesters are planning to bring disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, warning of an environmental "apocalypse". more
Global wildlife trade across the tree of life  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Wildlife trade is a multibillion dollar industry that is driving species toward extinction. Of >31,500 terrestrial bird, mammal, amphibian, and squamate reptile species, ~18% (N = 5579) are traded globally. Trade is... more
Fish-hunting 'iron dragon' soared over Australia in age of dinosaurs  REUTERS · 2 weeks
A winged beast dubbed the "iron dragon" soared above Australia during the age of dinosaurs, hunting... more
New Australian pterosaur may have survived the longest  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The discovery of a previously unknown species of pterosaur, which may have persisted as late as the Turonian period (90-93 million years ago), is reported in Scientific Reports this week. The fossil,... more
How did the extinction of saber-toothed cats impact other mammals?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed North America, they dominated their environments. After they went extinct during the end of the last ice age, their absence fundamentally altered... more
Combining spintronics and quantum thermodynamics to harvest energy at room temperature  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Today's energy-hungry global society is struggling with how to mitigate the effects of man-made climate change, and under what conditions of voluntary/coercive adaptation. Present fossil fuel-free... more
Light brighter than the sun to virtually decipher ancient scrolls  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Scientists at Britain's national synchrotron facility have harnessed powerful light beams to virtually unwrap and decipher... more
Ancient Egyptian Temple from Reign of King Ptolemy IV Unearthed Along Nile River  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Excavations for a sewer system inadvertently unearthed a 2,200-year-old temple in Egypt from the reign of King Ptolemy IV. more
Seagrass meadows harbor wildlife for centuries, highlighting need for conservation  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Seagrass meadows put down deep roots, persisting in the same spot for hundreds and possibly thousands of years, a new study shows. Researchers used modern and fossil shells... more
Microscopic evidence sheds light on the disappearance of the world's largest mammals  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A... more
African evidence support Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12,800 years ago, leading to global consequences including climate change, and... more
Fossil fish gives new insights into evolution after end-Cretaceous mass extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An international research team has discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species. The find provides new... more
Fossil fish provides new insights into the evolution  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international research team led by Giuseppe Marramà from the Institute of Paleontology at the University of Vienna discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs... more
Microscopic evidence sheds light on the disappearance of the world's largest mammals  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A... more
Ancient genomes provide insight into the genetic history of the second plague pandemic  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have analyzed remains from ten archaeological sites in England, France, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland to gain insight into the different stages... more
New research supports hypothesis that asteroid contributed to mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12 800 years ago, leading... more
Oldest Galaxy Protocluster Forms 'Queen's Court'  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Using the Subaru, Keck, and Gemini Telescopes, an international team of astronomers has discovered a collection of 12 galaxies which existed about 13.0 billion... more
First skeletal remains of Phoebodus found in Morocco  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of researchers has found the first skeletal remains of Phoebodus—an ancient shark—in the Anti-Atlas Mountains in Morocco. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the... more
Ancient genomes provide insight into the genetic history of the second plague pandemic  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of researchers has analyzed remains from 10 archaeological sites in England, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland to gain insight... more
Rare, endangered orchids slip across porous southern Chinese border  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The insatiable demand for orchids could be driving wild orchids to extinction in southern China.  more
Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In another sign that California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after nearing the brink of extinction, a condor chick left its nest and made its... more
Climate change could pit species against one another as they shift ranges  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Species have few good options when it comes to surviving climate change -- they can genetically adapt to new conditions, shift their ranges, or... more
The hidden ark: How a grassroots initiative can help save fish from extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Freshwater fish are the most threatened vertebrate group, and species are disappearing faster than scientists can describe them. A new study shows... more
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