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Scientists find a place on Earth where there is no life

Living beings, especially microorganisms, have a surprising ability to adapt to the most extreme environments on our planet, but there are still places where they cannot live.

Only eat oysters in months with an ‘r’? Rule of thumb is at least 4,000 years old

Foodie tradition dictates only eating wild oysters in months with the letter "r" - from September to April - to avoid watery shellfish, or worse, a nasty bout of food poisoning.

Alongside Ötzi the Iceman: a bounty of ancient mosses and liverworts

Buried alongside the famous Ötzi the Iceman are at least 75 species of bryophytes - mosses and liverworts - which hold clues to Ötzi's surroundings, according to a study by James Dickson of the University of Glasgow, UK and colleagues at the University of Innsbruck.

The last mammoths died on a remote island

The last woolly mammoths lived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean; they died out 4,000 years ago within a very short time.

Ancient pigs endured a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe

New research led by Oxford University and Queen Mary University of London has resolved a pig paradox.

When the dinosaurs died, lichens thrived

When an asteroid smacked into the Earth 66 million years ago, it triggered mass extinctions all over the planet.

The evolution of puppy dog eyes

Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans.

Fossil teeth reveal ancient hyenas in the Arctic

Modern hyenas are known as hunters and scavengers in Asian and African ecosystems such as the savanna.

Lynx in Turkey: Non-invasive sample collection provides insights into genetic diversity and behaviour

Little is known about the biology and the genetic status of the Caucasian Lynx (Lynx lynx dinniki), a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx distributed across portions of Turkey, the Caucasus region and Iran.