Geography

Superlungs gave dinosaurs the energy to run and fight

In the oxygen-poor air of the Mesozoic era, nothing should have been able to move very fast. But Velociraptors could run 64 kilometers per hour. Their...
Can we limit global warming to 1.5 °C

Can we limit global warming to 1.5 °C?

Efforts to combat climate change tend to focus on supply-side changes, such as shifting to renewable or cleaner energy. Scientists now argue that demand-side...

Scientists discover the oldest weapons in North America

The weapons found at the site northwest of Austin, Texas predate Clovis, who for decades were believed to be the first people to enter...
Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish to shallow ocean waters

Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish to shallow ocean waters

Ancient fish species diversified in near-shore ocean areas, not coral reefs The first vertebrates on Earth were fish, and scientists believe they first appeared around...

Scientists discover a new species of the ‘first bird’ Archaeopteryx

A new species of the famous 'first bird', Archaeopteryx, supporting its status as the transitional fossil between birds and dinosaurs, has been published by in...

Fragile seashores were ‘cradle of evolution’ for early fish

Evolution of the major groups of fish that we recognize today took place in shallow waters, close to the seashore, according to new research...

Dinosaur-killing crater reveals how broken rocks can flow like liquid

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid the size of a small city smashed into the earth. This impact, the one that would lead to the...

Himalayan gold is on the brink duo to climate change and overharvesting

A parasitic fungus that grows wild throughout the Himalayas and sells for more than its weight in gold could vanish if current harvesting and...
150 years after last big East Bay quake, what have we learned

150 years after last big East Bay quake, what have we learned

October 21, 1868 – 150 years ago this Sunday — a walloping earthquake struck near Hayward, rocking the Bay Area and damaging buildings throughout...

Paleontologists discover 85-million-year-old ‘baby sea monster’ Tylosaurus

World’s smallest Tylosaurus fossil sheds new light on how the ancient marine predator developed its fearsome snout and teeth as it matured. An 85-million-year-old fossil...