Geography

These giant lizards learnt to fly over millions of years

Pterodactyls and other related winged reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs steadily improved their ability to fly to become the deadly masters of the...

Scientists crack the secrets of dinosaur eggshells

Since the famous discovery of dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert in the early 1920s, the fossilized remains have captured the imaginations of paleontologists...

COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in Orange County than thought

New antibody study finds infection prevalence seven times higher than previously estimated. Testing a representative sample of Orange County residents for a wide range of...

Scientists discover the oldest fossils of giant birds in Antarctica

Fossils recovered from Antarctica in the 1980s represent the oldest giant members of an extinct group of birds that patrolled the southern oceans with...

Tiny moon shadows may have hidden stores of ice, says study

Hidden pockets of water could be much more common on the surface of the moon than scientists once suspected, according to new research led...

Scientists reveal new clues into how Earth got its oxygen

For much of Earth’s four and a half billion years, the planet was barren and inhospitable. It wasn’t until the world acquired its blanket of...

Scientists find two bird-sized dinosaurs that struggled to fly

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived,...

Scientists find the lost tectonic plate in Northern Canada

The existence of a tectonic plate called Resurrection has long been a topic of debate among geologists, with some arguing it was never real. Others...

When good governments go bad?

All good things must come to an end. Whether societies are ruled by ruthless dictators or more well-meaning representatives, they fall apart in time, with...

World’s greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness, shows study

Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great success. University of Bristol palaeontologist Professor Mike Benton,...