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Ancient mammoth DNA could help save threatened elephants
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

Could elephant-mammoth hybrids roam the tundra? Researchers analyze the genes of several elephant species, and find genes from their extinct ancestors could help save them.

The Dino-Killing Asteroid Impact Also Created A Stunningly Beautiful Geological Masterpiece
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

Following the impact, artistic geological processes left behind the Ring of Cenotes, one of the most beautiful natural formations on planet Earth.

Humans changed the ecosystems of Central Africa more than 2,600 years ago
27th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Humans shape nature, not only since the onset of industrialization. The influence of humans was debated in Central Africa where major interventions seem to have occurred 2,600 years ago.

‘Loneliest tree’ records human epoch
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

It’s been dubbed “the loneliest tree on the planet” because of its remote location, but the Sitka spruce might represent something quite profound about the age in which we live.

Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

‘Molecular clock’ methodology combines evidence on the genetic differences between living species and fossil constraints on the age of their shared ancestors, to establish an evolutionary timescale that sees through gaps in the fossil record.


Asteroids Could Be ‘Time Capsules’ Showing How Life Began on Earth
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

As much as we tend to panic over the idea of an asteroid crashing into the Earth, one possible explanation for life on Earth is that an asteroid brought it here in the first place.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused molten rock to burst from ocean floor – study
8th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already dividing scientists.

Mapping the first family tree for tropical forests
6th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

More than 100 researchers have collaborated to classify the world’s tropical forests according to their evolutionary history.

Scientists find massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost
6th February 2018 | Ancient, Earth

In a new study, scientists measured mercury concentrations in permafrost cores from Alaska and estimated how much mercury has been trapped in permafrost north of the equator since the last Ice Age.

A Recent Ice Age Was Triggered by a Firestorm Bigger Than The One That Killed The Dinosaurs
5th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

In a hugely detailed and comprehensive new study, researchers have painted a picture of how around a tenth of Earth’s surface suddenly became covered in roaring fires at a point some 12,800 years ago.

New Study Finds Thousands of Alien Asteroids Could Bring Extraterrestrial Life to Earth
3rd February 2018 | | Earth, Space

Panspermia, or the theory that life on Earth came after our planet was inseminated with alien biology, could have easily happened.

The Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Overdue for a Switch
30th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth

About 40,000 years ago, the poles made one such unsuccessful attempt, and the last full swap was about 780,000 years ago, so we’re a bit overdue for a pole reversal based on the established pattern.

Egyptian sauropod reveals ancient link between Africa, Europe
30th January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists have found a new dinosaur species in Egypt, a discovery that promises new insights into Late Cretaceous dinosaur evolution in Africa.

Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America
28th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

2,000 years ago, people domesticated these plants. Now they’re wild weeds. What happened?

Frozen in time: Glacial archaeology on the roof of Norway
24th January 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

What could have caused the chronological patterning of artifacts – human activity and/or past climate change? These questions are the focus of a new study published today.

Bizarrely, A Tiny Town In Australia Is Actually Sitting On A Part Of Ancient North America
23rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

This means that part of Australia was attached to and was part of North America, around 1.7 billion years ago.

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