Geography

Ancient DNA shows the Sámi and Finns share identical Siberian genes

An abundance of genes has journeyed all the way from Siberia to Finland, a recent study indicates. As late as during the Iron Age, people...
An 1800s global famine could happen again, study finds

An 1800s global famine could happen again, study finds

Researchers have just published the most thorough ever analysis of a late 19th-century drought that led to the Global Famine, an unprecedented disaster that...

A new supercontinent is being formed on Earth

The outer layer of the Earth, the solid crust we walk on, is made up of broken pieces, much like the shell of a...

‘Polar wander’ may be behind earth’s most recent ice age

Changes deep inside the planet may have caused Earth’s most recent ice age, according to new research. Based on evidence from the Pacific Ocean, including...
33-million-year-old whale from Oregon had neither teeth nor baleen

33-million-year-old whale from Oregon had neither teeth nor baleen

A study reported in Current Biology describes a 33-million-year-old fossil whale named Maiabalaena, which means "mother whale." The ancient whale from Oregon is especially remarkable in that it...

Early primate ancestor may have come from North America, not Asia

About 56 million years ago, on an Earth so warm that palm trees graced the Arctic Circle, a mouse-sized primate known as Teilhardina first curled its...

Prehistoric cave paintings reveals ancient use of complex astronomy

Some of the world's oldest cave paintings have revealed how ancient people had relatively advanced knowledge of astronomy. The artworks, at sites across Europe, are...

Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago

Microbes could have performed oxygen-producing photosynthesis at least one billion years earlier in the history of the Earth than previously thought. The finding could change...

Sydney’s orange sky reminds us how unpredictable dust storms can be

People in Sydney woke on the morning of Thursday November 22 to see a bright orange sky as the sun was blotted out by...

‘True polar wander’ may have caused ice age

Earth’s latest ice age may have been caused by changes deep inside the planet. Based on evidence from the Pacific Ocean, including the position of...