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The movement of tectonic plates shapes the rocky features of Earth's surface. Plates' convergence can form mountain ranges or ocean trenches, and their divergence can form oceanic ridges. But it's not just the plates themselves that...

Study indicates Earth’s earliest sea creatures drove evolution by stirring the water

A study involving the University of Cambridge has used virtual recreations of the earliest animal ecosystems, known as marine animal forests, to demonstrate the part they played in the evolution of our planet. Using state-of-the-art computer simulations of fossils...

Fossil captures starfish splitting itself in two—showing this has been happening for 155 million years

One of the wildest wonders of nature is the ability of some animals to reproduce by splitting in half. There is still so much we don't know about this process. So the discovery of a 155-million-year-old...

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A research team using the ChemCam instrument onboard NASA's Curiosity rover discovered higher-than-usual amounts of manganese in lakebed rocks within Gale Crater on Mars, which indicates that the sediments were formed in a river, delta, or...

Spiny legged 308-million-year-old arachnid discovered in the Mazon Creek locality

More than 300 million years ago, all sorts of arachnids crawled around the Carboniferous coal forests of North America and Europe. These included familiar ones we'd recognize, such as spiders, harvestmen and scorpions—as well as exotic...

Study indicates Earth’s earliest sea creatures drove evolution by stirring the water

A study involving the University of Cambridge has used virtual recreations of the earliest animal ecosystems, known as marine animal forests, to demonstrate the part they played in the evolution of our planet. Using state-of-the-art computer simulations of fossils...

PALEONTOLOGY

Spiny legged 308-million-year-old arachnid discovered in the Mazon Creek locality

More than 300 million years ago, all sorts of arachnids crawled around the Carboniferous coal forests of North America and Europe. These included familiar ones we'd recognize, such as spiders, harvestmen and scorpions—as well as exotic...
More than 300 million years ago, all sorts of arachnids crawled around the Carboniferous coal forests of North America and Europe. These included familiar ones we'd recognize, such as spiders, harvestmen and scorpions—as well as exotic...

Study indicates Earth’s earliest sea creatures drove evolution by stirring the water

A study involving the University of Cambridge has used virtual recreations of the earliest animal ecosystems, known as marine animal forests, to demonstrate the part they played in the evolution of our planet. Using state-of-the-art computer simulations of fossils...

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Indonesia’s Ibu volcano spectacularly erupts forcing nearby villages to evacuate

A volcano on the remote Indonesian island of Halmahera has spectacularly erupted, spewing a grey ash cloud into the sky and forcing people from...

Spiny legged 308-million-year-old arachnid discovered in the Mazon Creek locality

More than 300 million years ago, all sorts of arachnids crawled around the Carboniferous coal forests of North America and Europe. These included familiar...

Study indicates Earth’s earliest sea creatures drove evolution by stirring the water

A study involving the University of Cambridge has used virtual recreations of the earliest animal ecosystems, known as marine animal forests, to demonstrate the...

Fossil captures starfish splitting itself in two—showing this has been happening for 155 million years

One of the wildest wonders of nature is the ability of some animals to reproduce by splitting in half. There is still so much...

Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupts, spewing thick ash and dark clouds into the sky

Mount Ibu, a volcano in Indonesia's North Maluku province, erupted on Monday, spewing thick gray ash and dark clouds 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into...

Is it a bird or a dinosaur? Fossils from Teylers Museum in Netherlands secretly visit UK’s synchrotron

The feathered limbs, sharp teeth and claws of the oldest known bird-like dinosaurs, the Archaeopteryx have fascinated naturalists and paleontologists including Charles Lyell and...