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A study led by scientists at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil has shown that the Rio Grande Rise (RGR), a possibly continental basaltic plateau and chain of seamounts now submerged in the South...

Why two prehistoric sharks found in Ohio got new names

Until recently, Orthacanthus gracilis could have been considered the "John Smith" of prehistoric shark names, given how common it was. Three different species of sharks from the late Paleozoic Era—about 310 million years ago—were mistakenly given that...

Rare 3D fossils show that some early trees had forms unlike any you’ve ever seen

"We all have a mental concept of what a tree looks like, depending on where we live on the planet, and we have a vision of what is familiar," Gastaldo says. "The fossil on which we...

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MARS

An international team of radiation specialists, biologists and infectious disease experts has found four types of bacteria that are capable of surviving exposure to the hostile Mars environment. In their study, published in the journal Astrobiology,...

Afghanistan: Landslide kills 25 after heavy snow

At least 25 people have died after a landslide caused by heavy snow swept through a village in Afghanistan. So far, eight people are known to have been injured in the incident, and there are fears the...

Why two prehistoric sharks found in Ohio got new names

Until recently, Orthacanthus gracilis could have been considered the "John Smith" of prehistoric shark names, given how common it was. Three different species of sharks from the late Paleozoic Era—about 310 million years ago—were mistakenly given that...

PALEONTOLOGY

Paleontologists discover a 240-million-year-old ‘Chinese dragon’

An international team of scientists from China, the U.S. and Europe has studied new fossils of the marine reptile Dinocephalosaurus orientalis. This research has made it possible to fully describe the bizarre, very impressive animal for...
At least 25 people have died after a landslide caused by heavy snow swept through a village in Afghanistan. So far, eight people are known to have been injured in the incident, and there are fears the...

Why two prehistoric sharks found in Ohio got new names

Until recently, Orthacanthus gracilis could have been considered the "John Smith" of prehistoric shark names, given how common it was. Three different species of sharks from the late Paleozoic Era—about 310 million years ago—were mistakenly given that...

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Paleontologists discover a 240-million-year-old ‘Chinese dragon’

An international team of scientists from China, the U.S. and Europe has studied new fossils of the marine reptile Dinocephalosaurus orientalis. This research has...

Afghanistan: Landslide kills 25 after heavy snow

At least 25 people have died after a landslide caused by heavy snow swept through a village in Afghanistan. So far, eight people are known...

Why two prehistoric sharks found in Ohio got new names

Until recently, Orthacanthus gracilis could have been considered the "John Smith" of prehistoric shark names, given how common it was. Three different species of sharks...

Rare 3D fossils show that some early trees had forms unlike any you’ve ever seen

"We all have a mental concept of what a tree looks like, depending on where we live on the planet, and we have a...

Paleontological analysis shows renowned fossil thought to show soft tissue preservation is in fact just paint

A 280-million-year-old fossil that has baffled researchers for decades has been shown to be—in part—a forgery, following new examination of the remnants. The discovery has...

Extraction of raw materials could rise 60% by 2060—and making mining ‘greener’ won’t stop the damage

The United Nations' flagship Global Resources Outlook report is the portrait of a juggernaut. Due to be published later this month by the UN's...