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A Newly Discovered Fossil Could Be The Answer to Darwin’s ‘Abominable’ Mystery
17th January 2022 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

Scientists in China say they have found the oldest flower bud in the fossil record, finally aligning the fossil evidence with the genetic data suggesting flowering plants, or angiosperms, evolved tens of millions of years earlier than we initially thought.

Research on magnetite in salmon noses illuminates understanding of sensory mechanisms enabling magnetic perception
11th January 2022 phys.org | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

It’s widely understood that animals such as salmon, butterflies and birds have an innate magnetic sense, allowing them to use the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation to places such as feeding and breeding grounds.

Ichthyosaur: Huge fossilised ‘sea dragon’ found in Rutland reservoir
10th January 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

“I rang up the county council and I said I think I’ve found a dinosaur,” explained Joe Davis, who works at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

See the spectacular fossils from a newly discovered prehistoric rainforest
9th January 2022 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Hundreds of amazingly well-preserved finds from Australia include plants, insects, fish, and more that existed more than 11 million years ago.

Rock sample re-writes Earth’s early atmospheric history – again
6th January 2022 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Earth

New analysis rewinds previous research findings that atmospheric oxygen existed prior to the Great Oxygenation Event.

Digging deep: DNA molecules in ancient dirt offer a treasure trove of clues to our past
6th January 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Archaeological deposits typically consist of a mix of artifacts and the remains of plants and animals—including the occasional human fossil—all held in a matrix of dirt. But these days, we dig for a lot more besides fossils and artifacts.

Dinosaur footprints in Penarth date back 200 million years
3rd January 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Dinosaur footprints found on a beach in south Wales are actually a “trackway” of footprints dating back more than 200 million years, researchers have found.

Image from: MarnixR (Wiki Commons)

This Mysterious Fire in Australia Has Been Burning For at Least 6,000 Years
3rd January 2022 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

Known as ‘Burning Mountain’, the mysterious underground blaze is the oldest known fire on the planet. And some scientists estimate it may be far more ancient than we currently think.

Ancient sheep poop reveals an unknown population on Faroe Islands before Vikings
17th December 2021 edition.cnn.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The isolated Faroe Islands were once home to an unknown population in 500 AD, about 350 years before Vikings ever arrived, according to new research. And the evidence comes from an unusual source: ancient sheep poop.

The African origins of life in the Amazon
17th December 2021 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Thousands of miles away from its origin, magic happens: around 27 million tons of dust from the deserts of Africa drops out of the sky, bringing life into the ‘lungs of the planet’.

Image from: Catedral Verde – Floresta Amazonica (Wiki Commons)

 

Neanderthals changed ecosystems 125,000 years ago
17th December 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Hunter-gathers caused ecosystems to change 125,000 years ago. These are the findings of an interdisciplinary study by archeologists from Leiden University in collaboration with other researchers. Neanderthals used fire to keep the landscape open and thus had a big impact on their local environment.

Stunning New Images Reveal The Chaotic Glory of The Sun in Mind-Blowing Detail
14th December 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

You’re looking at a 300-megapixel photo of our Sun. Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy used a specially modified telescope, taking over 150,000 individual photos and combining them into this magnificent image.

‘Amazon forests of the underground’: Why scientists want to map the world’s fungi
14th December 2021 | nbcnews.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Vast networks of microscopic, underground fungi serve a crucial role in Earth’s ecosystems — and there’s a lot we don’t know about them.

Hot news from two billion years ago: plankton actually moved mountains
6th December 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Earth

The mighty forces that created our planet’s mountains in ancient days got some unexpected help, scientists have discovered. Their research shows some of Earth’s greatest ranges got a boost from primitive lifeforms whose remains lubricated movements of rock slabs and allowed them to pile up to form mountains.

A powerful and underappreciated ally in the climate crisis? Fungi
2nd December 2021 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

If we want to tackle the climate crisis, we need to address a global blindspot: the vast underground fungal networks that sequester carbon and sustain much of life on Earth.

4-legged ‘snake’ fossil is actually a different ancient animal, new study claims
29th November 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A dinosaur-age fossil heralded as the first four-legged snake known to science might actually be an entirely different beastie, a new study claims.

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