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Strange Bedfellows: Odd Couple Fossils Discovered In The Same Burrow
2013-06-23 03:58:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Sorry, Felix and Oscar, but an international team of researchers have found a real-life odd couple that puts Neil Simon’s famous duo to shame – a mammal forerunner and an ancient amphibian, which were discovered sharing a burrow during the Early Triassic period. The discovery, which was detailed in Friday’s edition of the journal PLOS One, was made by scientists from South Africa, Australia and France while studying a 250...

World Bank Report Poorest People Vulnerable Climate Change
2013-06-19 10:48:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The World Bank released a statement today warning that the disastrous effects of global warming could be felt “in our lifetime,” along with a new study projecting the damage to Africa and Asia in particular. "The scientists tell us that if the world warms by (3.6 degree Fahrenheit) — warming which may be reached in 20 to 30 years — that will cause widespread food shortages, unprecedented heat waves, and more...

Embryonic Subduction Zone Could One Day Unite Continents
2013-06-18 05:03:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The activation of a passive plate boundary in the Atlantic Ocean could ultimately result in continental Europe moving closer to the US, according to new research appearing in the journal Geology. In the study, geologists at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia report they have uncovered the first direct evidence that a subduction zone forming off the coast of Portugal will begin a cycle which results in the closing of the...

NASA Satellites Calculate Damage Of Previously Undiscovered Amazon Wildfires
2013-06-09 07:46:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A previously undetected type of wildfire occurring in the Amazon region is responsible for far more rainforest loss than deforestation in recent years, NASA scientists have discovered using innovative new satellite techniques. Known as “understory fires,” these wildfires have long remained undetected because they are located below the forest treetops, explained Tamarra Kemsley of Nature World News. However,...

2013-06-04 12:46:31

The first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years and turns out to be a unique "living fossil," without close relatives among other living frogs. The Hula painted frog was cataloged within the Discoglossus group when it was first discovered in the Hula Valley of Israel in the early 1940s. The frog was thought to have disappeared following the drying up of...

Elevated Carbon Dioxide Is making Arid Regions Greener
2013-05-31 11:25:37

American Geophysical Union Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in part from the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth´s atmosphere. Now, a study of arid regions around the globe finds that a carbon dioxide “fertilization effect” has, indeed, caused a gradual greening from 1982 to 2010. Focusing on the southwestern corner of North America,...

Rainforests Thrive In High Temperatures
2013-05-31 08:42:09

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Paleontologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute say that South American rainforests have thrived during three extreme global warming events in the past. Currently, no tropical forests in South America experience average yearly temperatures over 84 degrees Fahrenheit. By the end of the century, however, average global temperatures are predicted to rise by another 1 degree, leading some scientists to predict the death of...

Climate Change May Be Overstated
2013-05-20 11:02:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Based on current trends, the Earth is expected to warm considerably over the coming centuries. However, a new study in Nature Geoscience suggests that the more acute predictions of climate change may be overstated. In the study, the international team of researchers looked to see how doubling the concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the Earth's subsequent response would impact climate over several thousand years, a...


Latest Historical geology Reference Libraries

Hula Painted Frog, Discoglossus nigriventer
2014-08-18 15:55:22

The Hula painted frog was considered extinct by the IUCN since 1996. Very little is known about the species because very few specimens have been found. In 1940 two adults and two tadpoles were collected but the smaller one was eaten by the larger one, and the tadpoles were lost. A single Hula painted frog was found in 1955 which was the last record of this specimen. The extinction of this species is said to be the result of the draining of lake Hula and its marshes in the 1950’s. Only...

Paleontology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paleontology or Palaeontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life, including the study of fossils to determine the organisms evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. Paleontological observations have been documented as far back as 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier’s work on comparative anatomy, and it developed quickly within the 19th century. The term itself comes from Greek palaios, meaning...

Rainforests
2013-04-19 19:33:20

Rainforests are forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, with definitions based on a minimum usual annual rainfall of about 68 to 78 inches. The monsoon trough, or otherwise known as the intertropical convergence zone, holds an important role in producing the climatic conditions that are essential for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. About 40 to 75 percent of all biotic species are native to the rainforests. It’s been estimated that there might be many millions of...

Climate Change
2013-04-01 11:05:27

Climate change is a substantial and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time ranging from decades to millions of years. It might be a change in the average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change is a result of factors that include oceanic processes, biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received buy Earth, volcanic eruptions, and plate tectonics, and human induced alterations...

Geologic Clock With Events And Periods
2012-11-18 19:10:56

The Neoproterozoic is the third of three subdivisions of the Proterozoic Eon (occurring from 1 billion years ago to 542 million years ago). This terminal era of the Proterozoic is itself divided into three sub-periods called the Tonian, Cryogenian, and Ediacaran Periods. The most severe glaciation known in the geologic record occurred during the Cryogenian Period, when ice sheets reached the equator and formed a possible “Snowball Earth.” And the earliest fossils of multi-cellular life...

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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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