UK researchers have unearthed ancient fossil forests, thought to be partly responsible for one of the most dramatic shifts in the Earth’s climate in the past 400 million years.
If Pleistocene megafauna — mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others — had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international team of anthropologists. “It’s been suggested before and I think it’s a very reasonable hypothesis, that wild species of
Today, we sit down and talk with Professor Ian Haynes of Newcastle University.
Archaeologists from the University of Cambridge have unearthed the earliest known European Christian church in the tropics on one of the Cabo Verde islands, 500km off the coast of West Africa, where the Portuguese established a stronghold to start the first commerce with Africa south of the Sahara.
The current loss of bee populations as a result of pesticides, viruses and parasites has increased awareness about their economic importance and essential role in farming societies.
The first sequencing of ancient genomes extracted from human remains that date back to the Late Upper Palaeolithic period over 13,000 years ago has revealed a previously unknown “fourth strand” of ancient European ancestry.
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A study of life and extinctions among woolly mammoths and other ice-age animals suggests that interconnected habitats can help Arctic mammal species survive environmental changes. The study went online Nov. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “Early Edition.” Short periods of warm climate in the midst
Early Chinese proto-porcelain was likely made from materials gathered locally, according to a study published November 4, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONEby Yu Li from the Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and colleagues. Researchers excavated the Piaoshan kiln site in June 2012 and found evidence that the sites contents
Archaeologists with The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered fossils of seven giant rat species on East Timor, with the largest up to 10 times the size of modern rats. Dr Julien Louys of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language, who is helping lead the project said these
Archaeologists from the University of Cambridge have unearthed the earliest known European Christian church in the tropics on one of the Cabo Verde islands, 500km off the coast of West Africa, where the Portuguese established a stronghold to start the first commerce with Africa south of the Sahara. This turned
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At the 2015 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings, researcher Michael Cherney of the University of Michigan, presented findings about weaning age (i.e. when a calf stops nursing) in fossil mammoths.
To gain a clearer picture of health and disease, scientists have now provided an independent reference for all human variation by looking through the evolutionary lens of our nearest relatives.
It is currently believed that great apes, including humans, diverged from small-bodied apes roughly 17 million years ago, but analysis of a younger fossil that has features of both groups may reshape our understanding of this evolutionary path.
An emergent field of research in dinosaur paleobiology investigates the relative importance of linear, non-branching evolution (anagenesis) compared with branching evolution (cladogenesis).
Previously, giant sharks had only been recovered from rock dating back 130 million years, during the age of the dinosaurs.
Fossils of the elasmosaur Aristonectes were first reported from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia in 1941.
One associated effect of being ‘warm-blooded’ is a relatively fast growth-rate. Mammals (and birds, who are also ‘warm-blooded’) tend to grow much faster than ‘cold-blooded’ vertebrates, like fish and reptiles.
A nasty little 66-million-year-old family secret has been leaked by a recently unearthed tyrannosaur bone. The bone has peculiar teeth marks that strongly suggest it was gnawed by another tyrannosaur.
A recent study led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Goodrich Chair of Excellence Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation’s soil, even potentially altering history books.