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An ancient relative of humans shows a surprisingly modern trait

A relative of modern humans that lived at least 104,000 years ago in northern China showed evidence of dental growth and development very similar...

Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago

Climate change-induced melting will raise global sea levels for decades to come. Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and...

King of the dinosaurs’ bite was weaker than tiny finch

Tyrannosaurus rex evolved to have a bite that was less powerful in relation to its body size than a tiny Galapagos ground finch, new...

Skull scans reveal how world’s first dogs caught prey

Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago. A study has revealed...

Oceans are warming even faster than previously thought

A new analysis shows that ocean temperatures are on the rise, and they are going up faster than once thought. Heat trapped by greenhouse gases...

How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 meters dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites...

Scientists discover a 4,000-year-old cave site on Tibetan Plateau

A cave site containing delicate stone tools and pottery shards believed to be at least 4,000 years old was unearthed in Ngari Prefecture, southwest...
Historical cooling periods are still playing out in the deep Pacific Ocean

Historical cooling periods are still playing out in the deep Pacific Ocean

Cold waters that sank in polar regions hundreds of years ago during the Little Ice Age are still impacting deep Pacific Ocean temperature trends....

Sahara swung between green and desert conditions every 20,000 years , says new study

A new analysis of African dust reveals the Sahara swung between green and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with changes in the...

How different mammals made it through the end-Cretaceous mass extinction

Mass extinction typically conjures up a picture of a meteor falling to Earth and decimating the dinosaurs along with everything else. However, this is not...