Geography

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have...
Amateur collectors in Japan discover country's first and oldest fossil diving bird

Amateur collectors in Japan discover country’s first and oldest fossil diving bird

During a walk near a reservoir in a small Japanese town, amateur collectors made the discovery of their lives - the first and oldest...
Earthquakes we cause are just as strong as nature’s

Earthquakes we cause are just as strong as nature’s

New research suggests naturally occurring earthquakes and those caused by unconventional oil and gas recovery in the central US share the same shaking potential...
Glaciers may have kept Earth from freezing

Glaciers may have kept Earth from freezing

Although it seems counterintuitive, over the eons, glaciers may have made Earth warmer, a new study suggests. Researchers took a data-driven dive into the mechanics...
Tyrannosaurus Rex Bone Proves Jurassic Park Will Never Exist

Tyrannosaurus Rex Bone Proves Jurassic Park Will Never Exist

Paleontologists at the University of Manchester have definitively proven there will never be a Jurassic Park after re-analyzing collagen from a Tyrannosaurus rex bone discovered more...
Recovering lost Caribbean bats would take 8 million years

Recovering lost Caribbean bats would take 8 million years

More than half of mammal species went extinct after human colonization in the Caribbean alone. Can nature restore the numbers of species on islands to...
Glacier photos illustrate climate change

Glacier photos illustrate climate change

Climate is changing -- there should be zero doubt about this circa 2017. The outstanding issue for the geoscience community has been how we best...
Extreme heat could cause animals to shrink (again)

Extreme heat could cause animals to shrink (again)

More than 50 million years ago, when Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size. While this...
Earth is in the minority among habitable planets

Earth is in the minority among habitable planets

If we want to send spacecraft to exoplanets to search for life, we better get good at building submarines. A new study shows that our assumptions about...
One of the last African dinosaurs discovered in Moroccan mine

One of the last African dinosaurs discovered in Moroccan mine

One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern...