Geography

Scientists find earliest intact mushroom fossils

Scientists find earliest intact mushroom fossils

Paleontologists from China, New Zealand and the United States have found four intact mushroom fossils, sources from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said Friday. The...
Over 200 fossilized eggs found in China reveal how pterosaurs breed

Over 200 fossilized eggs found in China reveal how pterosaurs breed

Over 200 three-dimensionally preserved eggs of pterosaurs have been unearthed in China, providing new insight into the life history of the rulers of 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...
First-of-its-kind mummy study reveals clues to girl's story

First-of-its-kind mummy study reveals clues to girl’s story

Who is she, this little mummy girl? Northwestern University scientists and students are working to unravel some of her mysteries, including how her body was...
Prehistoric women had stronger arms than today's elite rowing crews

Prehistoric women had stronger arms than today’s elite rowing crews

A new study comparing the bones of Central European women that lived during the first 6,000 years of farming with those of modern athletes...
Feathered dinosaurs were even fluffier than we thought

Feathered dinosaurs were even fluffier than we thought

A University of Bristol-led study has revealed new details about dinosaur feathers and enabled scientists to further refine what is potentially the most accurate...
Asteroid that killed dinosaurs may have sped up bird evolution

Asteroid that killed dinosaurs may have sped up bird evolution

A new study suggests the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago could have increased the pace of evolution in...
Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest

Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest

Conventional wisdom holds that prehistoric villagers planted corn, and lots of it, to survive the dry and hostile conditions of the American Southwest. But University...
Antarctic telescope shows how the Earth stops high-energy particles

Antarctic telescope shows how the Earth stops high-energy particles

Scientists working with the world’s largest particle detector, have for the first time demonstrated the Earth’s ability to stop highly energetic neutrino particles. Neutrinos are...
Neanderthals didn’t give us red hair but they certainly changed the way we sleep

Neanderthals didn’t give us red hair but they certainly changed the way we sleep

Geneticists have now firmly established that roughly two percent of the DNA of all living non-African people comes from our Neanderthal cousins. It’s difficult to...