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July 12, 2020

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Common domestic cats, as we know them today, might have accompanied Kazakh pastoralists as pets more than 1,000 years ago. This is indicated by new analyses done on an almost ...
Dinosaurs and pterosaurs may be known for their remarkable size, but a newly described species that lived around 237 million years ago suggests that they originated from ...
Over the past 150 years, global warming has more than undone the global cooling that occurred over the past six millennia, ...
Modelling of the Chicxulub asteroid impact 66 million years ago shows it created a world largely unsuitable for dinosaurs to ...
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Skull of Two Million Year-Old Giant Dormouse Reconstructed

A researcher has digitally pieced together fossilized fragments from five giant dormouse skulls to reconstruct the first known complete skull of the species, which was roughly the size of a ...

Supergenes Play a Larger Role in Evolution Than Previously Thought

Large blocks of 'plug and play' genes play a super-sized role in adaption-and may help fill lingering gaps in Darwin's ...

Study Could Rewrite Earth's History

New research has found evidence to suggest that the Earth's first continents were not formed by subduction in a modern-like plate tectonics environment as previously thought, and instead may ...

Famous 'Jurassic Park' Dinosaur Is Less Lizard, More Bird

From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. Many probably remember it best from the movie 'Jurassic Park,' where it's depicted as a ...

New Evidence Helps Form Digital Reconstruction of Most Important Medieval Shrine

The shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, the most important pilgrimage destination in medieval England - visited for hundreds of years by pilgrims seeking miraculous healing - has been digitally ...

Norman Conquest of 1066 Did Little to Change People's Eating Habits

Archaeologists have combined the latest scientific methods to offer new insights into life during the Norman Conquest of England. Until now, the story of the Conquest has primarily been told from ...

One in Five Georgian Londoners Had Syphilis by Their Mid-30s

250 years ago, over one-fifth of Londoners had contracted syphilis by their 35th birthday, historians have ...

Earth's Magnetic Field Can Change 10 Times Faster Than Previously Thought

A new study reveals that changes in the direction of the Earth's magnetic field may take place 10 times faster than previously ...

First Evidence of Snake-Like Venom Glands Found in Amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers describe specialized glands found along ...

First Confirmed Underwater Aboriginal Archaeological Sites Found Off Australian Coast

Ancient submerged Aboriginal archaeological sites await underwater rediscovery off the coast of Australia, according to a ...

Different Tracks, Same Dinosaurs: Researchers Dig Deeper Into Dinosaur Movements

Using X-ray-based technology, researchers uncover shared subsurface movement patterns between birds and dinosaurs, adding a new dimension of fossil track ...

Hints at Jaw Evolution Found in Marsupials and Monotremes

Infant marsupials and monotremes use a connection between their ear and jaw bones shortly after birth to enable them to drink their mothers' milk, new findings ...

Native Bees' Exotic Origins Reveal Cross-Pollination

Ancestors of a distinctive pollinating bee found across Australia probably originated in tropical Asian countries, islands in the south-west Pacific or greater Oceania region, ecology researchers ...

New Zealand's Ancient Monster Penguins Had Northern Hemisphere Doppelgangers

New Zealand's monster penguins that lived 62 million years ago had doppelgangers in Japan, the USA and Canada, a new study has ...

SwRI Scientists Demonstrate Speed, Precision of in Situ Planetary Dating Device

Scientists have increased the speed and accuracy of a laboratory-scale instrument for determining the age of planetary specimens onsite. The team is progressively miniaturizing the Chemistry, ...

Genomic Variation Causing Common Autoinflammatory Disease May Increase Resilience to Bubonic Plague

Researchers have discovered that Mediterranean populations may be more susceptible to an autoinflammatory disease called familial Mediterranean fever because of evolutionary pressure to survive the ...

New Extinct Family of Giant Wombat Relatives Discovered in Australian Desert

A giant marsupial that roamed prehistoric Australia 25 million years ago is so different from its wombat cousins that scientists have had to create a new family to accommodate ...

How Volcanoes Explode in the Deep Sea

Explosive volcanic eruptions are possible deep down in the sea -- although the water masses exert enormous pressure ...

The Magnetic History of Ice

The history of our planet has been written, among other things, in the periodic reversal of its magnetic poles. Scientists propose a new means of reading this historic record: in ice. Their findings ...

Ancient Maya Reservoirs Contained Toxic Pollution

Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. Researchers found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in ...

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