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?|
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.
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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.