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These 1.6 billion year old fossils could be the oldest plants ever discovered

The discovery of what is believed to be fossilized, 1.6-billion-year-old red algae suggests that advanced multicellular organisms evolved far earlier than previously believed, according to the authors of a new study published online Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology. While…

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Scientists discover first ever florescent frog in South America

The South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) looks like a typical green-colored frog under normal light. However, if you shine ultraviolet light on the amphibian, it lights up in a dazzling array of bright blues and greens. According…

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Half of arctic sea ice loss is due to natural variation, study finds

Mountains of scientific evidence have shown the remarkable decrease of Arctic sea ice in recent decades, which has actually outpaced many models of climate change. A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change has found a considerable slice…

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Antarctic ice turns green as St. Patrick’s Day approaches 

NASA's Earth Observatory has released an intriguing image of green-tinged ice in Antartica's Granite Harbor, a cove near the Ross Sea. The image prompted NASA to clarify that this was not a huge St. Patrick's Day stunt to dye the water…

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Neanderthals were vegetarian– and probably kissed early humans

Neanderthals likely consumed a plant-based diet that included mushrooms and pine nuts, while also self-medicating with penicillin and a form of aspirin, according to a new analysis of dental calculus led by an international team of researchers and published in…

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Vision, not limbs, took us onto land 385 million years ago

A new study discovered it was vision and not locomotion that first caused our aquatic forebears to make the significant transition from life in the water to life on land. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,…

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Scientists capture first-ever video of incredibly rare beaked whales

Because it dives so deep, the True´s beaked whale is almost never seen and consequently, scientists have little information regarding the species’ numbers, range and reproduction rate, information vital for conservation efforts. Thanks to newly acquired images of the whale…

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Skulls found in China are part human, part Neanderthal

According to a new study, two recently discovered partial skulls from Xuchang province in Central China have both human and Neanderthal features. The findings represent something not-yet-seen in the fossil record and they offer new details on the biology and populations…

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Genetic disaster killed the mammoths, study finds

While some scientists are working to bring back the woolly mammoth, the researchers behind a new study have turned their attention instead to finding out just why the massive creatures went extinct in the first place, and it appears as…

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Antarctic temperatures break 60 degrees Fahrenheit

The World Meteorological Organization has announced its analysis of record-high temperatures across Antarctica, ranging from the high 60s Fahrenheit in some locations, to the high teens in others. "The temperatures we announced today are the absolute limit to what we…