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fern fossil
2014-03-24 07:26:02

Lund University Researchers from Lund University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History have made a unique discovery in a well-preserved fern that lived 180 million years ago. Both undestroyed cell nuclei and individual chromosomes have been found in the plant fossil, thanks to its sudden burial in a volcanic eruption. The well-preserved fossil of a fern from the southern Swedish county of Skåne is now attracting attention in the research community. The plant lived around 180...

Image 1 - Were European Neanderthals Long Gone Before Humans Arrived?
2012-03-27 04:47:12

New research suggests Western European Neanderthals were likely to have been extinct long before humans arrived on the evolutionary scene. Long thought to be the birth place of Neanderthal evolution, Western Europe has been studied and researched by scientists and anthropologists to better understand our ancient forefathers. As these Neanderthals began to disappear around 30,000 years ago, anthropologists had estimated either climate changes or competition from early humans caused the...

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2008-07-02 18:55:00

A recent study has shown that tiny slivers of diamond forged on an infant Earth may contain the earliest traces of life. The crystals contain a form of carbon often associated with plants and bacteria. The researchers caution that their results are not definitive proof of early life but do "not exclude" the possibility. "We're all a little sceptical," said Dr Martin Whitehouse of the Swedish Museum of Natural History and one of the authors of the paper. If the study is proven to be true then...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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