Monthly Archives: July 2018

Brachiosaur foot bones below a tail of a Camarasaurus.

Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever

The Black Hills region of the United States is famous today for tourist attractions like Deadwood and Mount Rushmore, but around 150 million years...
Skeletal remains from the Xiaophis myanmarensis snake hatchling trapped in Burmese amber.

First fossilized snake embryo ever discovered rewrites history of ancient snakes

The first-ever discovery of an ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million-year-old amber, provides important new information on the evolution of modern snakes, according to...
This is the location of the Yellowstone's hotspot track. The triangles indicate general locations of the Yellowstone and Snake River Plain age-progressive volcanoes with ages shown in millions of years, plotted on a topography map of the Western United States.

Yellowstone super-volcano has a different history than previously thought

The long-dormant Yellowstone super-volcano in the American West has a different history than previously thought, according to a new study by a Virginia Tech...
10 million-year-old frog from Libros, Spain

New sources of melanin pigment shake up ideas about fossil animals’ colour

A team of palaeontologists, led by University College Cork (UCC) and including the University of Bristol, have discovered new sources of the pigment melanin,...
Groundwater well levels dropped several meters at most of the 1600 observation wells across the Central Valley, from 2007-2010.

Scientists use satellites to measure vital underground water resources

The availability of water from underground aquifers is vital to the basic needs of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, including those of us...
Earth

Geologist leads effort to update Earth’s geologic time scale

It's official. More than 8,000 years ago, a vast amount of water from melting glaciers flooded North America and caused havoc with the currents...
Akainacephalus johnsoni

Newly discovered armored dinosaur from Utah reveals intriguing family history

Fossils of a new genus and species of an ankylosaurid dinosaur -- Akainacephalus johnsoni -- have been unearthed in the Kaiparowits Formation of Grand...
Giant's Causeway, Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, Ireland

The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is also known as...

Sound waves reveal enormous diamond cache deep in Earth’s interior

There may be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth's interior, according to a new study from MIT and other...
Southern Japan on Feb. 3rd, 2011, showing the active cones of Kirishima (Shinmoedake) and Aira caldera (Sakurajima) volcanoes.

Study finds deep subterranean connection between two Japan volcanoes

Scientists have confirmed for the first time that radical changes of one volcano in southern Japan was the direct result of an erupting volcano...
Fingal's Cave

Fingal’s Cave

Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics. The...
Dinosaur

Growing a dinosaur’s dinner

Scientists have measured the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs' diet by growing their food in atmospheric conditions similar to those found roughly 150 million...
Earth's youngest banded iron formation in western China.

Scientists discover Earth’s youngest banded iron formation in western China

The banded iron formation, located in western China, has been conclusively dated as Cambrian in age. Approximately 527 million years old, this formation is...
skull of a mastodon from the Pyrenees

Rare skull of elephant ancestor unveiled in France

A French farmer kept quiet for years after stumbling across the skull of an extinct ancestor of the elephant near the Pyrenees mountains, the...
Vial of pink colored porphyrins representing the oldest intact pigments in the world.

Scientists discover the world’s oldest colors

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered the oldest colours in the geological record, 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted...
The Jeerinah Formation in Western Australia

Oxygen levels on early Earth rose, fell several times before great oxidation even

Earth's oxygen levels rose and fell more than once hundreds of millions of years before the planetwide success of the Great Oxidation Event about...
Earth

Laser experiments lend insight into metal core at heart of Earth

Scientists have discovered fresh insights into the metallic core at the centre of our planet. The findings could aid understanding of how Earth was formed...
Distribution of 382 seismic stations used in this study.

Upper and lower plate controls on the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake

Researchers at Tohoku University's Department of Geophysics, have been studying the great Tohoku-oki earthquake which occurred on March 11, 2011, to the east of...
Australopithecus afarensis foot from Dikika, Ethiopia

Our human ancestors walked on two feet but their children still had a backup...

More than 3 million years ago, our ancient human ancestors, including their toddler-aged children, were standing on two feet and walking upright, according to...
C. kakwa were multituberculate mammals

56-million-year-old fossils complicate long-held theories about mammalian body size

The discovery of a new species of mammal in Alberta's fossil record has shaken up some long-held beliefs about other species in its lineage. The...

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