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A pair of legs belonging to what could be the largest bird species that ever stalked our planet have been unearthed from an outback fossil site in central Australia. Excitingly, more remains could still be laying nearby, waiting to be dug free. Described by one paleontologist as an “extreme evolutionary experiment“, Stirton’s thunderbird (Dromornis stirtoni)
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Decades of patiently watching chimpanzees and gorillas in the wilds of Central Africa has revealed for the first time long-lasting, cooperative, social relationships can develop between the two species. Within the Goualougo Triangle – a conservation stronghold in the Republic of Congo – the two endangered animals often cross paths. While these interactions can occasionally
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The Pacific Ocean’s days are numbered, according to a new supercomputer simulation of Earth’s ever-drifting tectonic plates. The good news? Our planet’s oldest ocean still has another 300 million years to go. If the Pacific gets lucky, it might even celebrate its billionth birthday before finally trickling out of existence. But researchers at Curtin University
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Last Monday, September 19, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific coast of Mexico at 11.05 am local time. Five minutes later and 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) away, a researcher at Death Valley National Park in California noticed something strange. Biological science technician Ambre Chaudoin was peering down into the famous limestone cavern known as
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Unidentified deep-sea “blue goo” creatures recently left scientists scratching their heads after they spotted the mysterious blobs hanging out on the seafloor in the Caribbean. During a live stream of the expedition, team members discussed what the gloopy globules could be, but none of the researchers could come up with a definitive answer. Multiple blue
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Have you ever wondered exactly how many ants live on Earth? Possibly not, but it’s certainly a question we’ve asked ourselves. Our research published today provides an approximate answer. We conservatively estimate our planet harbors about 20 quadrillion ants. That’s 20 thousand million millions, or in numerical form, 20,000,000,000,000,000 (20 with 15 zeroes). We further
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Records of solar eclipses from a millennium and a half ago have allowed scientists to refine measurements of Earth’s changing rotation. A painstaking review of historical documents from the Byzantine Empire has given scientists timings and locations for five solar eclipses. The results, although consistent with previous findings, place new, tighter constraints on Earth’s variable
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An ancient fossil from one of our planet’s earliest vertebrate organisms was found concealing an exciting surprise. Inside a 380 million-year-old fossilized armored fish, paleontologists identified a mineralized heart, one that was exceptionally well-preserved in three dimensions. This is an incredible find. Soft tissues are rare in the fossil record, tending to decompose before fossilization
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Hundreds of millions of years ago, a carnivorous critter gorged on a feast of prehistoric amphibians – and puked up its meal afterward. Now, paleontologists have unearthed the regurgitation and published their findings of the ancient upchuck. In 2018, researchers discovered the regurgitalite – fossilized remains of an animal’s stomach contents, also known as a
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Australia’s crafty, sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) appear to have entered an “innovation arms race” with humans, scientists say, as the two species spar over the rubbish in roadside bins. ​The white birds, which can grow nearly as long as a human arm, initially surprised researchers by devising an ingenious technique to prise open household bin