Geography

Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs

Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs

Huge pulses of volcanic activity are likely to have played a key role in triggering the end-Triassic mass extinction, which set the scene for...
A wooden toe

A wooden toe: Swiss Egyptologists study 3,000-year-old prosthesis

It is likely to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices in human history: Together with other experts, Egyptologists from the University of Basel...
A student uses a digitizer to record geometric morphometric sites on a skull.

Ancient skulls shed light on migration in the Roman Empire

Skeletal evidence shows that, hundreds of years after the Roman Republic conquered most of the Mediterranean world, coastal communities in what is now south...
Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive

Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive

Researchers have determined that the fossils of an extinct species from the Triassic Period are the long-missing link that connects Kermit the Frog's amphibian...
Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Hit In Exactly the Wrong Place

Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Hit in Exactly the Wrong Place

The asteroid that struck Earth about 66 million years ago and led to the mass extinction of dinosaurs may have hit one of the...
Fantastic ostrich eggs and where to find them

Fantastic ostrich eggs and where to find them

Archaeologists and scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Durham and the British Museum are using cutting edge technology to crack a conundrum surrounding...
Mount Tarawera, New Zealand. An eruption 700 years ago created these lava domes, and brought to the surface zircon crystals that reveal the history of changes in the magma chamber below.

Volcanic crystals give a new view of magma

Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what's going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano. They're finding a colder, more...
Amazonia's future will be jeopardized by dams

Amazonia’s future will be jeopardized by dams

Building the hundreds of hydroelectric dams proposed for the Amazon River Basin will cause massive environmental damage all the way from the eastern slopes...
Volcanic plumerang could impact human health

Volcanic plumerang could impact human health

A new study has found a previously undetected potential health risk from the high concentration of small particles found in a boomerang-like return of...
Healthy Diet? That Depends on Your Genes

Healthy Diet? That Depends on Your Genes

A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to...

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