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Ancient DNA reveals how cats domesticated humans

While dogs are believed to be the first animal to be domesticated, cats – as one might expect from a feline – took their sweet time trying to decide whether or not they wanted to bond with humans, according to…

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Scientists report ice shelf melt the size of Texas in Antarctica

An ice sheet in West Antarctica previously found to be capable of increasing the sea level by as much as 10 feet underwent unexpectedly significant melting last year, and an unexpected rainfall is at least partially to blame, according to…

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First-ever two-headed porpoise accidentally discovered by fishermen

A study published online this week in the Journal of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam details the first ever documented sighting of a two-headed porpoise, but much to the chagrin of the scientifically-minded, the paper’s authors were unable to directly…

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Ex-NASA scientist warns of ‘climate disinformation campaign’

The American people are “under siege” from an “active disinformation campaign” in regards to climate science – a campaign perpetuated by fossil fuel companies and others “who have a profit motive,” former NASA chief scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan told a…

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New study discovers why American politics is so divided

In research that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the current political climate in the US, a new study discovered that supporters of either candidate in the last Presidential election were more likely to accept new data if…

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Nearly complete ancient baby bird discovered encased in amber

Remains of an ancient type of baby birth recently found encased in nearly 100-million-year-old amber is the most complete specimen of its kind discovered to date, according to the authors of a new study published online earlier this week in…

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315,000-Year-Old Fossils Could Be Earliest Known Homo Sapiens

Newly discovered fossils belonging to “early... anatomically modern humans” discovered at a site in Morocco are 100,000 years older than the previously known Homo sapiens remains, new research published online earlier this week in the journal Nature have revealed. According to…

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T. Rex skin was covered in scales, not feathers

Although its ancestors probably did have feathers, as recent research has suggested, a new study published this week in the journal Biology Letters has concluded that the Tyrannosaurus rex did not, and was in fact covered in scales similar to…

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One of the biggest icebergs ever is about to break off of Antarctica

In a week of bad news for climate change action, bad news from Antarctica has followed. The enormous crack on the Larsen C Ice Shelf has taken a sudden change of direction, meaning the creation of one of the biggest ever bergs…

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New analysis confirms: there will never be a real Jurassic Park

Sad news for those of us hoping to one-day roam around a real Jurassic Park: scientists at the University of Manchester have demonstrated that collagen discovered approximately a decade ago in Tyrannosaurus rex fossils was a modern contaminant, not a…