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Pre-historic coral reefs dating back up to 250 million years extended much further away from the Earth’s equator than today, new research has revealed. The new study, published in Nature Communicationsdemonstrates how changes in temperature and plate tectonics, where the positions of Earth’s continents were in very different positions than today, have determined the distribution … Read more

How Ancient Egyptian Decline Synced With Hydrological Change….And How They Survived

Fields of the Nile River. Credit: Katja Bigge via Imaggeo Cairo’s survival was, is, and will be dependent on the flow of the Nile. Since the city was founded in 10th century CE the Nile’s scouring waters have left behind untouched ground onto which the city has spilled and grown. Modern Cairo’s youngest districts are … Read more

Research shows how the Gulf of Mexico escaped ancient mass extinction

The Mississippi River flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. According to researchers at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, river sediments and ocean currents helped simple sea life in the Gulf survive a deep-ocean mass extinction 56 million years ago. Credit: US Geological Survey An ancient bout of global warming 56 million years ago … Read more

A prehistoric crystal may contain ‘ancient life’ inside and geologists want to open it

A life form from 830 million years ago could be contained in a crystal. To find out for sure, geologists want to split it open. A screenwriter looking for a good story for a horror or adventure film that goes wrong couldn’t have found a better way to start a post-apocalyptic story: an 830 million-year-old … Read more

Ancient ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico escaped extinction

A bout of global warming 56 million years ago acidified oceans and wiped out marine life. But in the Gulf of Mexico, the effect was much milder. Research on the unique geology of this North American basin has revealed how life was able to escape local extinction. The Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) was a brief … Read more

These bizarre spiky Mars rocks likely formed by erosion and ancient fractures

A long-running NASA rover imaged twisted Red Planet rock pillars. The Curiosity rover spotted (opens in new tab) the sinewy rocks on May 15, according to raw images the mission sends down to Earth. The images were obtained on Sol (Martian day) 3474 of the mission, as Curiosity speeds towards completing its first decade of … Read more

2,100-Year-Old Skeleton of Greek Woman Found Lying on Bronze ‘Mermaid Bed’

Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient burial of a woman lying on a bronze bed near the city of Kozani in northern Greece. It dates to the first century BCE. Depictions of mermaids decorate the posts of the bed. The bed also displays an image of a bird holding a snake in its mouth, a symbol … Read more

Ancient City Emerges From the Tigris River

The archaeological site of Kemune in the dried-up area of ​​the Mosul reservoir. Credit: Universities of Freiburg and Tübingen, KAO Drought Reveals 3400-Year-Old Urban Center of the Mitanni Empire The Kingdom of Mitanni, also known as Hurri to the Hittites, Hanigalbat or Hani-Rabbat to the Assyrians, and Maryannu, Nahrin or Mitanni to Egyptians, was a … Read more

Fossil Evidence Just Added Fuel to The Debate Over The Purpose of Giraffe Necks

In light of the brutal tug-of-war over resources that is natural selection, it’s been taken for granted that the giraffe’s iconic neck evolved to reach leaves other plant-eaters can’t possibly access. What seemed obvious to Charles Darwin has since attracted a great deal of scrutiny, with some biologists proposing those extended vertebrae aren’t for browsing, … Read more

Scientists Discover How the Tilting and Wobbling of the Earth Influenced the Fate of Ancient Ice Sheets

New research findings answer long-standing question over the importance of summertime warmth in melting ice sheets. Researchers have finally answered a long-standing question over the role of Earth’s orbit in driving global ice age cycles. Scientists have been able to decipher the exact role in driving the cycles of global ice ages played by the … Read more