Did Life Arise from Hydrothermal Vents?
April 17, 2014 | NASA
“Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor?
Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
What is Peanut Wood?|
April 16, 2014 | Geology.com
This material is a petrified wood from Australia but it has nothing to do with peanuts. Most people are amazed when they learn how it forms.
Earliest Known Cardiovascular System|
April 15, 2014 | University of Arizona
“A fossil creature buried in an “invertebrate version of Pompeii” more than half a billion years ago reveals the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail.” Quoted from the University of Arizona News.
When Trilobites Ruled the World
Image by Sir Charles Lyell
March 20, 2014 | New York Times
The New York Times has an article titled: “When Trilobites Ruled the World”. It contains some interesting information about this favorite fossil.
Volcanoes Helped Species Survive Ice Ages|
March 18, 2014 | The Australian National University
“The steam and heat from volcanoes and heated rocks allowed many species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages.” Quoted from The Australian National University press release.
March 6, 2014 | Geology.com
Although most gemstones are mineral materials, a number of organic materials and fossilized organisms are considered to be gemstones. The most common of these are pearl, bone, amber, coral, ivory, petrified wood, fossil coral, dinosaur bone and more.
The Oldest Mineral Grain|
March 2, 2014 | BBC
A zircon crystal found in a sandstone of the Jack Hills region of Western Australia has been determined to be approximately 4.4 billion years old.
Oldest Human Footprints Outside of Africa|
February 20, 2014 | BBC
Footprints more than 800,000 years old have been found along the coast of England. They are evidence of the earliest humans in Europe.
The Jehol Fossils of China|
February 16, 2014 | National Geographic
A National Geographic article explores the diversity and incredible preservation of China’s Jehol fossils. The animals are thought to have been killed, transported, buried and preserved by ash produced by pyroclastic flows. Some researchers described it as a “Pompeii for animals”.
Bill Nye to Debate Evolution?|
February 2, 2014 | NBC News
Bill Nye, also known as “The Science Guy” is scheduled to debate evolution and creationism at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Many scientists are surprised that he has agreed to the debate.
Formation of the South China Sea|
January 28, 2014 | Nature.com
An international team of scientists will depart on an expedition to learn about the geologic history of the South China Sea aboard the JOIDES Resolution drilling vessel.
Most Popular Items for December|
January 2, 2014 | Geology.com
The Saturn Hexagon?
The Utah Supervolcano
What is Ammolite?
Landslide on an Incredible Scale
Failure of the Midcontinent Rift
Zoom in on the San Andreas Fault
Price of Gold Falling
Size of the Yellowstone Magma Chamber Severely Underestimated?
Salaries and Employment of Recent Geoscience Graduates
The Largest Recorded Fault Slip
How Do They Steer the Horizontal Drill?
Who Believes in Evolution?|
December 30, 2013 | Pew Research Center
A new study from the Pew Research Center shows how support for evolution varies by political affiliation, age, gender, religious affiliation and how this support has shifted over time.
Neanderthals Could Speak Like Humans?|
December 29, 2013 | BBC
Researchers have studied a well-preserved hyoid bone from a Neanderthal and have determined that the bone functioned like the hyoid bone of modern humans – meaning that Neanderthals had the ability to make a wide range of sounds similar to modern humans.
Failure of the Midcontinent Rift|
December 10, 2013 | Nature.com
Researchers are working to determine the cause of The Midcontinent Rift that began to tear what is now North America apart about one billion years ago and then failed.
The Oldest Human DNA|
December 6, 2013 | New York Times
Scientists have recovered DNA from a fossil human who lived about 400,000 years ago. The oldest DNA before this specimen was about 300,000 years.
Most Popular Items for November|
December 2, 2013 | Geology.com
The World’s Largest Emerald Mine
What is Iris Agate?
New Volcanic Island Southeast of Japan
The Enormous Volcanic Eruption that Historians Never Recorded
A Super River from the Southwestern United States to the Labrador Sea?
Typhoon Haiyan Images
Comet Ison is Visible to the Naked Eye
New Super Predator Dinosaur
King of Gore from the Wahweap Formation|
December 1, 2013 | Bureau of Land Management
“Ten million years before the T. rex walked the earth, another monster reigned. The 80 million-year-old fossil of the Lythronax argestes or “King of Gore” was recently discovered by Scott Richardson, a Bureau of Land Management archaeologist technician at the Wahweap Formation in BLM-Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.” Quoted from the BLM tumbler site.
A Super River from the Southwestern United States to the Labrador Sea?|
November 27, 2013 | Geological Society of America
“Remnants of fluvial sediments and their paleovalleys may map out a late Oligocene–early Miocene “super-river” from headwaters in the southern Colorado Plateau, through a proto–Grand Canyon to the Labrador Sea, where delta deposits contain microfossils that may have been derived from the southwestern United States.” Quoted from GSA Today article titled: Late Oligocene–early Miocene Grand Canyon: A Canadian connection?
New Top Predator Dinosaur Discovered in Utah|
November 25, 2013 | North Carolina State University
“A new species of carnivorous dinosaur – one of the three largest ever discovered in North America – lived alongside and competed with small-bodied tyrannosaurs 98 million years ago.” Quoted from the North Carolina State University press release.
What is It Like to Work for GeoCorps?
Image by Sir Charles Lyell
November 25, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog
The GSA Speaking of Geoscience blog has an interesting report from Amy Atwater who served as a GeoCorps Paleontology participant at Denali National Park and Preserve.
Permian Extinction Caused by Acid Rain?|
November 25, 2013 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Rain as acidic as undiluted lemon juice may have played a part in killing off plants and organisms around the world during the most severe mass extinction in Earth’s history.” Quoted from the MIT press release.
The Enormous Volcanic Eruption that Historians Never Recorded|
November 19, 2013 | Yahoo! News
A volcanic eruption around the year 1258 produced distinctive ash falls in both Antarctica and Greenland. It was a blast unprecedented in human history but historians did not record the eruption. Where did it happen?
Ancient Seawater Under Chesapeake Bay?|
November 14, 2013 | USGS
“USGS scientists have determined that high-salinity groundwater found more than 1,000 meters (0.6 mi.) deep under the Chesapeake Bay is actually remnant water from the Early Cretaceous North Atlantic Sea and is probably 100-145 million years old. This is the oldest sizeable body of seawater to be identified worldwide.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
New Super Predator Dinosaur|
November 7, 2013 | Pentagon Post
“Paleontologists have discovered a new super-predator dinosaur in southern Utah that roamed the Earth 80 million years ago.” Quoted from the Pentagon Post.
Most Viewed News in October|
November 1, 2013 | Geology.com
Egypt Fears a Dam on the Nile in Ethiopia
235 Carat Diamond Found in Siberia
Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates
Nice Yellow Diamond Found in Arkansas
What Caused the Sudden Explosion of Animal Life 520MYA?
Walking Away from One of the World’s Largest Gold Discoveries?
Shell Walks Away from Oil Shale
Granitizers vs Magmatists
High School Student Found an Exceptional Duck-Billed Dinosaur|
October 23, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
On a field trip in 2009, Kevin Terris, then a high school student, found a few bones while on a field trip. The find was actually “the youngest, the smallest and also the most complete skeleton known for Parasaurolophus” ever found according to Andrew Farke, curator of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.
Evolutionary Body Elongation in Fish|
October 21, 2013 | University of Zurich
“Extreme elongation of the body axis occurred in one of two ways: either through the elongation of the individual vertebrae of the vertebral column, which thus became longer, or through the development of additional vertebrae and associated muscle segments.” Quoted from the University of Zurich press release.
Ancient Soils and Atmospheric Oxygen|
October 11, 2013 | The University of British Columbia
“Oxygen appeared in the atmosphere up to 700 million years earlier than we previously thought [...] raising new questions about the evolution of early life. Quoted from the press release by The University of British Columbia.
What Caused the Sudden Explosion of Animal Life 520MYA?|
October 9, 2013 | University of Oxford
“The explosion of animal life on Earth around 520 million years ago was the result of a combination of interlinked factors rather than a single underlying cause, according to a new study.” Quoted from the University of Oxford press release.
Simulating the Big Bang?|
September 12, 2013 | University of Chicago
“Physicists have reproduced a pattern resembling the cosmic microwave background radiation in a laboratory simulation of the big bang, using ultracold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber.” Quoted from the University of Chicago press release.
Links Between Tectonics and Invasive Species|
September 12, 2013 | Ohio University
A new study from Ohio University investigates links between Appalachian tectonics and how invasive species disrupted the Ordovician fossil record of what is now eastern North America.
What Killed the Mammoths?|
September 11, 2013 | National Geographic
What killed the mammoths and other large mammals about 12,900 years ago? Was it humans, climate or an impact event? National Geographic has an article that explores the possibilities.
20000 3D Fossil Scans for Free Viewing|
September 8, 2013 | British Geological Survey YouTube Channel
Nearly 20,000 three-dimensional fossil scans have been published online by the British Geological Survey. You can view them for free. This video demonstrates a few fossils.
Camel Fossils in Oklahoma?|
September 6, 2013 | NewsOK.com
An article on NewsOK.com reports that Apache Corporation uncovered fossils of extinct camels and horses while preparing a well site in western Oklahoma.
The Influence of Neandertals on Early European Manufacturing|
August 23, 2013 | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
“Modern humans replaced Neandertals in Europe about 40 thousand years ago, but the Neandertals’ capabilities are still greatly debated. Some argue that before they were replaced, Neandertals had cultural capabilities similar to modern humans, while others argue that these similarities only appear once modern humans came into contact with Neandertals.” Quoted from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
How to Become a Fossil|
August 12, 2013 | National Geographic
National Geographic has a fun article titled: “Tips on How to Become a Fossil: Pick your burial spot carefully if you want future paleontologists to find you.”
August 8, 2013 | National Science Foundation
“How do organisms adapt over time? Do they evolve through a series of small beneficial steps as envisioned by Charles Darwin, or through a series of rare but large jumps? Or through a combination of both?” Quoted from the NSF press release.
DNA Supports Pre-Columbian Dogs|
July 15, 2013 | Royal Society Publishing
“Dogs were present in pre-Columbian America, presumably brought by early human migrants from Asia. [...] No European influence was indicated for the Arctic breeds Inuit, Eskimo and Greenland dog [...] the Carolina dog, a free-ranging population in the USA, may have an ancient Asian origin.” Quotes from the research abstract.
A “popular” presentation of this story (vs “scientific”) can be found on The New York Times.
Understanding Past Climate and Ecosystems|
July 14, 2013 | Geology.com
“How do we know what the ancient earth was like before people were around to witness and record conditions? One of the main ways geoscientists unravel past climates and ecosystems is by conducting detailed studies of deposits that contain the preserved remains of ancient plants and animals.” Quoted from the article by Alexandra Guth, Michigan Technological University.
Three Triceratops Found in Wyoming|
June 25, 2013 | CNN Video
The remains of three triceratops have been discovered at the same site in Wyoming. One may be the most complete fossil triceratops ever found.
The Oldest Primate?|
June 10, 2013 | Scientific American
Archicebus, a tiny fossil about the size of a mouse has been identified as the “oldest known primate”. It lived approximately 55 million years ago.
Dietary Change for Humans 3.5 MYA|
June 9, 2013 | National Science Foundation
“New studies show that human ancestors expanded their menu 3.5 million years ago, adding tropical grasses and sedges to an ape-like diet. The change set the stage for consuming more modern fare: grains, grasses, and meat and dairy from grazing animals.” Quoted from the NSF press release.
Fossil Lizards Named After Jim Morrison and President Obama|
June 7, 2013 | BBC
A trend in naming fossil lizards after famous people include: Obamadon gracilis and Barbaturex morrisoni.
Cloning a Russian Mammoth?|
June 4, 2013 | Deutsche Welle
A well-preserved woolly mammoth with liquid blood has been found in the Russian Arctic. Now Russian and South Korean researchers are talking about attempting to produce a clone.
Oldest Feathered Dinosaur?|
June 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
A fossil named Aurornis xui of a feathered creature similar to Archaeopteryx was discovered in the 160-million-year-old rocks of northeastern China.
New Roadside Geology of Georgia|
May 30, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Pamela Gore and William Witherspoon have recently published “Roadside Geology of Georgia“, a new guidebook in the Mountain Press Roadside Geology Series.
This is a field guidebook for the state of Georgia with road logs and maps that describe the physical and historical geology.
PRI Teaching Geology Guide|
May 30, 2013 | Paleontological Research Institution
“The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) [...] offers many education materials and opportunities for science teachers and students at all grade levels. Their online “Teacher Friendly Guide” gives brief geologic histories of every region of the United States. Also available online are photos and descriptions of the museum’s fossil collections.” Quoted from the Earth Science Week Newsletter.
Reasons for Upright Walking?|
May 28, 2013 | University of York
“The researchers say our upright gait may have its origins in the rugged landscape of East and South Africa which was shaped during the Pliocene epoch by volcanoes and shifting tectonic plates.” Quoted from the University of York press release.
May 20, 2013 | BBC
Researchers have recovered water from a depth of 2.4 km in the Canadian shield with an age of 1.5 billion years.