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According to a new study, the ancient relative of modern-day otters may have been a dominant predator. The wolf-sized otter, which lived roughly 6 million years ago, weighed in at roughly 110 lb (50 kg) and had a surprisingly powerful bite...Continue Reading Huge, hard-biting prehistoric otters once lived in ancient ChinaCategory: BiologyTags: CT scan Fossils JawboneRela
Once thought to be a unique feature of Earth, evidence has been found to suggest that water does, or once did, exist on the Moon, Venus, Mars, Pluto, Enceladus, Titan, Charon and Ceres. Two new studies have focused on the latter, using data gathered by NASA's Dawn mission to determine that the dwarf planet's salty, icy crust could be the remains of an ancient global ocean – and there may stil
Cancer is one of our most persistent enemies, but while we now have advanced immune systems to fight the good fight, how did early multicellular life manage to stave it off? A genetic "kill switch" seems to have been the original weapon of choice, and now researchers at Northwestern University believe they've discovered a way to trigger that mechanism. That potentially paves the way to a ther
It turns out you don't need to dig around in the dirt to make new dinosaur discoveries: the back rooms of museums hold just as many secrets. Over the last few months, a plesiosaur fossil in the collection of a German museum was found to belong to a brand new species, and an Ichthyosaurus skeleton was found to be not only the largest known specimen, but also pregnant. Now, paleontologists have
The Moon isn't quite the wasteland we might assume it to be. Sure it's no oasis, but there's more water up there than scientists previously thought, and it was probably a far wetter and more active place in the distant past. Now, a NASA study has found evidence that the ancient Moon may once have had a watery atmosphere...Continue Reading Lava oceans gave the ancient Moon a watery atmosphereC
Utrecht-based architecture studio Richèl Lubbers Architecten has added an angular extension to a residence that sits on the site of an old monastery. Read more
We're currently breaking climate record after climate record, and it appears that we might be on track to topple a record that's held strong for about 56 million years. The Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) was the most rapid and extreme example of global warming since the dinosaurs were wiped out, and a new study has found evidence that intense volcanic eruptions were to blame, pumpin
It's probably safe to say that when most people think of prehistoric marine reptiles, they think of plesiosaurs. Although the beasts' most distinctive feature was their long necks, there's been some debate regarding how they used their four flippers. Now, scientists from the University of Southampton believe they have the answer, based on water tank experiments conducted with robotized models
Although you might assume that specimens in a museum's collection have already been "discovered," important new details can still turn up on closer study. That was the case with a plesiosaur skeleton that had been sitting in a German museum for more than 50 years, as a new investigation discovered that not only did the bones belong to a new species, but the animal was the oldest of its kind..
American firm Samsel Architects has built an L-shaped home for couple and their in-laws on a farm in North Carolina, using the area's rural vernacular architecture to inform the design. Read more


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