It's strange to think that something that died 76m years ago plays a role in modern ecosystems, but life is opportunistic.
Intense lightning could have burned us out of the trees.
- A new paper proposes that a couple of supernovae led to the loss of our tree habit, forcing us down to the savannah.
- The telltale clues are iron-60 isotopes and lots of unexplained charcoal and soot in the geologic record.
- The theory is an intriguing combination of astronomy, physics, geology, and anthropology.
There are reasons you look the way you do.
- A panel of eight experts in the evolution of the human face have collaborated on a new summary of how we've changed.
- Their paper promotes the importance of social interaction as a factor in the structure of our visages.
- We can visually express more than 20 categories of emotion. Early humans not so much.
The American Museum of Natural History presents the new, more accurate T. rex.
- Hatchling, four-year-old, and adult models show us new sides of the famous predator.
- They're part of the T. rex: The Ultimate Predator exhibit running from March 2019 to August 2020.
- Attention time travelers: You may want to pet the feathered hatchling. Don't.
Chinese scientists find a 600-million-year-old creature.
- Researchers in China find fossils of a creature that lived 600 million years ago.
- This creature resembles a modern-day comb jelly.
- If confirmed, these would be the oldest animal fossils discovered.