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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...
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...
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...
Moon's crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean

Moon’s crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean

The Earth's Moon had a rough start in life. Formed from a chunk of the Earth that was lopped off during a planetary collision, it...
Ancient Easter Island inhabitants had early contact with Native Americans

Ancient Easter Island inhabitants had early contact with Native Americans?

Maybe not. Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile) has long been a source of intrigue and mystery. How did such a small community of people build so...
Monstrous crocodile fossil points to early rise of ancient reptiles

Monstrous crocodile fossil points to early rise of ancient reptiles

A newly identified prehistoric marine predator has shed light on the origins of the distant relatives of modern crocodiles. The discovery reveals that an extinct...
Asteroids don’t hit Earth at regular intervals, as was previously thought

Asteroids don’t hit Earth at regular intervals, as was previously thought

Do mass extinctions, like the fall of the dinosaurs, and the formation of large impact craters on Earth occur together at regular intervals? "This question...