Monthly Archives: October 2016

Rare ‘nesting doll’ fossil uncovers beetle in lizard in snake

Snake with lizard and beetle: The rare tripartite fossil food chain from the Messel Pit. The fossil with an insect inside a lizard inside a snake: Incredible remains reveal 48 million-year-old food chain In cooperation with CONICET in Argentina, Senckenberg … Continue reading

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Scientists ‘dissolve’ water in an emerald

Crystals with water molecules are inside nanocavities. Physicists have managed to ‘dissolve’ water in an emerald, It shouldn’t be possible. Scientists from MIPT and several research teams working in Russia and other European countries have been the first to reliably … Continue reading

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Fossilized dinosaur brain tissue identified for the first time

Researchers have identified the first known example of fossilized brain tissue in a dinosaur from Sussex. The tissues resemble those seen in modern crocodiles and birds. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The Great Barrier Reef Has Become A Coral Graveyard

 Dead corals still provide habitat to fish but will soon crumble away. Yonge reef (Lizard Island region), October 2016. If you thought the reef would come out unscathed, you were wrong.It’s been six months since Australia’s Great Barrier Reef experienced … Continue reading

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This is the first dinosaur brain fossil ever found

The brain was discovered on a beach on Bexhill-on-Sea A dinosaur’s brain, preserved in a pebbleResearchers have identified the first known example of fossilised brain tissue in a dinosaur from Sussex. The tissues resemble those seen in modern crocodiles and … Continue reading

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Entire Himalayan arc can produce large earthquakes

Cross-section through the Himalayan continental thrust-fault system. The main fault at the foot of the Himalayan mountains can likely generate destructive, major earthquakes along its entire 2,400-kilometer (1,500-mile) length, a new study finds. Combining historical documents with new geologic data, … Continue reading

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Neanderthals on cold steppes also ate plants

Neanderthals in cold regions probably ate a lot more vegetable food than was previously thought, according to new research on ancient Neanderthal dental plaque. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Upper Paleolithic humans may have hunted cave lions for their pelts

Upper Paleolithic humans may have hunted cave lions for their pelts, perhaps contributing to their extinction, according to a new study. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ironing out the mysteries of Earth’s deepest rocks

Schematic picture of the Earth’s interior. On the right is the example of the part of the X-ray diffraction image of iron and aluminium-bearing bridgmanite. On the left is the crystal structure of pure iron-bridgmanite. Credit:Leyla Ismailova / University of … Continue reading

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Six-ton Chinese ‘pearl’ is world’s Largest

The fluorite mineral the stone is fashioned from is more valuable than diamonds in China A a 6-ton night pearl worth 2.2 billion yuan (331 million US dollars) was discovered in Northern China’s Inner Mongolia and made its public debut … Continue reading

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