Geography

Extinct early whales listened like their relatives on land

Extinct early whales listened like their relatives on land

Whales rely on a keen sense of hearing for their underwater existence. But whales show surprisingly vast differences in hearing ability. Baleen whales tune into...
The first genome data recovered from ancient Egyptian mummies

First complete DNA data recovered from ancient Egyptian mummies

An international team of scientists successfully recovered and analyzed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BCE to 400 CE, including the...
Comets may have delivered element xenon to Earth

Comets may have delivered element xenon to Earth

A new study suggests that roughly 22% of the element xenon found in Earth's atmosphere may have come from comets. The finding -- shedding light...
Ever Wonder What It Would Be Like to Touch a Tyrannosaurus Rex?

Ever Wonder What It Would Be Like to Touch a Tyrannosaurus Rex?

For the first time, researchers know what it would feel like to pet a Tyrannosaurus rex, thanks to the discovery of skin fossils in Alberta and...
World's first named dinosaur reveals new unseen teeth

World’s first named dinosaur reveals new unseen teeth

Pioneering technology has shed fresh light on the world's first scientifically-described dinosaur fossil - over 200 years after it was first discovered. Professor Mark Williams...
Scientists find world's oldest fossil mushroom

Scientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroom

Roughly 115 million years ago, when the ancient supercontinent Gondwana was breaking apart, a mushroom fell into a river and began an improbable journey. Its...
Seismic CT scan points to rapid uplift of Southern Tibet

Seismic CT scan points to rapid uplift of Southern Tibet

Tomographic model indicates Southern Tibet formed within 10 million years. Using seismic data and supercomputers, Rice University geophysicists have conducted a massive seismic CT scan...
Japan's largest complete dinosaur skeleton discovered

Japan’s largest complete dinosaur skeleton discovered

The complete skeleton of an 8-meter-long dinosaur has been unearthed from marine deposits dating back 72 million years at Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. This...
Scientists discover why rocks flow slowly in Earth's middle mantle

Scientists discover why rocks flow slowly in Earth’s middle mantle

For decades, researchers have studied the interior of the Earth using seismic waves from earthquakes. Now a recent study has re-created in the laboratory the...
Risk of ozone loss increases over the United States in summer

Risk of ozone loss increases over the United States in summer

A new study out of Harvard University reveals that the protective stratospheric ozone layer above the central United States is vulnerable to erosion during...