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Megafauna mega-find: the extraordinary discoveries at Diamond Valley Lake
21st November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Why haven’t mastodons been found further inland in that part of the country? Clearly, the stories from Diamond Valley Lake have only just begun to emerge.

Blue Planet II: what have we learned so far?
21st November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The documentary’s marvels are not just new to television – many are new to science as well. From hyper-intelligent fish to the origin of life itself, we round up the series’s biggest discoveries.

Life on Earth arrived on super-fast clouds of cosmic dust, study suggests
21st November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

An investigation by the University of Edinburgh discovered that fast-moving streams of interplanetary dust are capable of delivering tiny organisms able to survive in outer space.

Tiny Slowdown in Earth’s Rotation Could Unleash Major Earthquakes
21st November 2017 | | Earth, Space

Past periods of slow rotation over the last 100 years have coincided with more earthquakes than average, according to research presented last month at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

High Times in Ancient China: 2,700-Year-Old Marijuana Stash Found in Shaman Grave
19th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A team of archaeologists, led by Hongen Jiang from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, found nearly two pounds of a dried plant that was still untouched after “hiding” for thousands of years underground.

Study Settles Prehistoric Puzzle, Finds Carbon Dioxide Link To Global Warming 22 Million Years Ago
17th November 2017 | Ancient, Earth

Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle — and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming.

Ancient barley took high road to China, changed to summer crop in Tibet
17th November 2017 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

First domesticated 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, wheat and barley took vastly different routes to China, with barley switching from a winter to both a winter and summer crop during a thousand-year detour along the southern Tibetan Plateau.

Four Huge Meteors Were Visible Around the U.S. and Europe
17th November 2017 | | Earth, Humans, Space

Tuesday night saw four separate giant rocks flash across the sky in various locations around the world, as both America and Europe were visited by enormous fiery visitors that lit up the night like fireworks.

These close-up images from NASA show the largest iceberg to ever split off from Antarctica
15th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth

NASA scientists have captured close-up images of a behemoth iceberg that in July detached from one of the largest floating ice shelves in Antarctica.

We found our galactic twin 180 million light years away
15th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

We’ve seen ourselves in the heavens. A giant spiral galaxy 180 million light years from Earth not only resembles the Milky Way but also boasts a pair of interacting galaxies that look like our galaxy’s two brightest satellites.

Peru fire ravages ancient archaeological site
14th November 2017 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A fire destroyed a 2,000-year-old mural and much of the vestiges of an archaeological site in northern Peru on Sunday, the director of the Tumbas Reales de Sipan Museum said.

Climate change imperils one in four natural heritage sites
13th November 2017 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands—nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

Aerial Images May Unlock Enigma of Ancient Stone Structures in Saudi Arabia
13th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Tech
Aerial photographs and ground inspection of the keyhole pendants in Saudi Arabia reveal more details of the enigmatic structures.
Aboriginal people spread native plants by hand, new study finds
13th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Bush-tucker plants were spread by hand across mountainous regions in New South Wales by Indigenous people, according to a new scientific theory published today.

Last Ice Age Warning! Melting “Greenland Sized” Pleistocene Ice Sheet Raised Sea Level 20 Feet
13th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

New research shows that climate warming reduced the mass of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet by half in as little as 500 years, indicating the Greenland Ice Sheet could have a similar fate.

Dinosaurs Might Have Survived the Asteroid, Had It Hit Almost Anywhere Else
12th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

The age of dinosaurs met an unlikely end — because had the cosmic impact that doomed it hit just about anywhere else on the planet, the “terrible lizards” might still roam the Earth, a new study finds.

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