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Simulating 195 Million Years of Global Climate in the Mesozoic – Eos

The Mesozoic, which stretched from about 252 million to 66 million years ago, was a pivotal period in Earth’s history. In addition to being the age of the dinosaurs, it was when the supercontinent Pangaea began to separate into the…

This Week In Failed Global Warming Predictions

Every single day, there is something alarming in the news about climate change. Click on any headline about a natural disaster like a forest fire or a flood or a hurricane, and there will be dire warnings in the article…

DNA duplication linked to the origin and evolution of pine trees and their relatives

(Florida Museum of Natural History) A new study shows that DNA duplication has been vitally important throughout the evolutionary history of gymnosperms, a diverse group of seed plants that includes pines, cypresses, sequoias, ginkgos and cycads.

Some birds, mammals, and fish are shrinking. Blame climate change. – Vox.com

This story is part of Down to Earth, a Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of the biodiversity crisis. One fall morning in 1978, David Willard, an ornithologist at the Field Museum in Chicago, walked to the…

Research brief: New fossil sheds light on the evolution of how dinosaurs breathed

(University of Minnesota) Using an exceptionally preserved fossil from South Africa, a particle accelerator, and high-powered x-rays, an international team including a University of Minnesota researcher has discovered that not all dinosaurs breathed in the same way.

The City of David and the sharks’ teeth mystery

(Goldschmidt Conference) Scientists have found an unexplained cache of fossilised shark teeth in an area where there should be none – in a 2900 year old site in the City of David in Jerusalem. This is at least 80 km from where these fossils would be expected to be found. There is no conclusive proof of why the cache was assembled, but it may be that the 80 million-year-old teeth were part of a collection, dating from just after the death of King Solomon*.

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