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Apophis: The asteroid we thought might hit us
23rd September 2021 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

On Friday, April 13, 2029, Earth will experience a dramatic close encounter with the asteroid 99942 Apophis

Evidence that a cosmic impact destroyed ancient city in the Jordan Valley
21st September 2021 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

In the Middle Bronze Age (about 3,600 years ago or roughly 1650 BCE), the city of Tall el-Hammam was ascendant.

Modern snakes evolved from a few survivors of dino-killing asteroid
14th September 2021 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A new study suggests that all living snakes evolved from a handful of species that survived the giant asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs and most other living things at the end of the Cretaceous

Spectacular valleys and cliffs hidden beneath the North Sea
11th September 2021 | | Ancient, Earth

Like a bowl of spaghetti noodles spilled across the floor of the North Sea, a vast array of hidden tunnel valleys wind and meander across what was once an ice-covered landscape.

The World’s Oldest Known Forest Was Not Like We Imagined, New Study Shows
11th September 2021 | | Ancient, Earth

The fossilized web of a 385-million-year-old root network has scientists reimagining what the world’s first forests might once have looked like.

The lost generation of ancient trees
11th September 2021 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Inside some of our most magnificent trees, miniature worlds are at risk of extinction. The race is on to accelerate trees’ ageing process, so these intricate communities aren’t lost forever

The strange race to track down a missing billion years
8th September 2021 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A billion years have vanished from the geological record – and over 152 years after this was first discovered, scientists can’t agree on why.

‘Green Arabia’ was a crucial migration route for early humans
7th September 2021 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The new research establishes northern Arabia as a critical migration pathway in the storied history of our species

New species of ancient four-legged whale discovered in Egypt
29th August 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists in Egypt have identified a new species of four-legged whale that lived around 43 million years ago.

Scientists Have Measured Earth’s Ancient Magnetic Field From Stone Age Artifacts
24th August 2021 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The strength and direction of Earth’s magnetic field has changed a lot over the millennia. Scientists are eager to study its past patterns to work out how the field might change in the future – a pretty vital research field, considering this magnetic shield protects us from damaging cosmic radiation.

Origin of dinosaur-ending asteroid possibly found. And it’s dark.
10th August 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

About 66 million years ago, an estimated 6-mile-wide (9.6 kilometers) object slammed into Earth, triggering a cataclysmic series of events that resulted in the demise of non-avian dinosaurs.  Now, scientists think they know where that object came from.

Wiggly’ fossils found in Canada may be oldest known sign of animal life
30th July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Intricate patterns of tubular structures discovered in giant ancient reefs may be the remnants of prehistoric horny sponges and the oldest known fossils of animal life on Earth.

Incredible Fossil Discovery Shows Ancient Animal Brain From 310 Million Years Ago
30th July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Charles Darwin famously discussed the “imperfections” of the geological record in his book On The Origin of Species. He correctly pointed out that unless conditions are just right, it’s unlikely for organisms to be preserved as fossils, even those with bones and shells.

Iceland Is The Tip of a Lost, Sunken Continent, Wild New Theory Suggests
30th July 2021 | | Ancient, Earth

Iceland may be the last exposed remnant of a nearly Texas-size continent – called Icelandia – that sank beneath the North Atlantic Ocean about 10 million years ago, according to a new theory proposed by an international team of geophysicists and geologists.

‘Eye of Sauron’ volcano and other deep-sea structures discovered in underwater ‘Mordor’
26th July 2021 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Researchers exploring the Indian Ocean have discovered the remains of a collapsed underwater volcano with an uncanny resemblance to the all-seeing “Eye of Sauron” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings,” as well as two other seafloor structures named after places in Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

When an ancient volcanic ‘supereruption’ caused sudden cooling, early humans got lucky
21st July 2021 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Around 74,000 years ago, a “supereruption” on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, blasted out an estimated 5,000 cubic kilometres of magma.

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