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March 22, 2019

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Using Thoreau, Scientists Measure the Impact of Climate Change on Wildflowers

Mar. 14, 2019 — A new study is using observations made by Henry David Thoreau -- 19th-century American naturalist, social reformer, and philosopher -- to explore the effects of climate change on tree leaf-out and, ... read more

Diet-Induced Changes Favor Innovation in Speech Sounds

Mar. 14, 2019 — Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds such as 'f' in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers has shown. The findings ... read more

Mar. 14, 2019 — Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years. The first study looked at hunter-gatherers and early farmers living in ... read more

Mar. 14, 2019 — Researchers have analyzed the use by sea otters of large, shoreline rocks as 'anvils' to break open shells, as well as the resulting shell middens. The researchers used ecological and ... read more

Mar. 14, 2019 — 'Great Dying' extinction survivors appear to have shared many of the same ecological roles as their predecessors, with one catch -- there was a surge in the number of individuals with more ... read more

Strontium Isotope Maps Are Disturbed by Agricultural Lime

Mar. 13, 2019 — Strontium isotopes are frequently used in archaeological studies to establish the provenance and migration history of prehistoric people and artifacts. Many of these studies may be based on incorrect ... read more

Major Cosmic Impact 12,800 Years Ago

Mar. 13, 2019 — When geologists set out years ago to examine signs of a major cosmic impact that occurred toward the end of the Pleistocene epoch, little did they know just how far-reaching the projected climatic ... read more

Mar. 13, 2019 — Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of the earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain - with people and animals traveling hundreds of miles for prehistoric feasting rituals. The study is the ... read more

Mar. 13, 2019 — A study of rat body sizes shifting over time gives a glimpse into the habitat of the mysterious hominin Homo floresiensis -- nicknamed the 'Hobbit' due to its diminutive ... read more

How Marine Snow Cools the Planet

Mar. 13, 2019 — Researchers have mapped out how carbonate formations formed from 'marine snow' have helped regulate Earth's temperature over 120 million years. Researchers also warn that global ... read more

Mar. 12, 2019 — Anthropologists have long made the case that tool-making is one of the key behaviors that separated our human ancestors from other primates. A new article, however, argues that it was not tool-making ... read more

Mar. 11, 2019 — Solar storms can be far more powerful than previously thought. A new study has found evidence for the third known case of a massive solar storm in historical times. The researchers believe that ... read more

Fossil Teeth from Kenya Solve Ancient Monkey Mystery

Mar. 11, 2019 — The teeth of a new fossil monkey, unearthed in the badlands of northwest Kenya, help fill a 6-million-year void in Old World monkey evolution, according to a new ... read more

Mar. 11, 2019 — New research indicates that even as a teenager the Tyrannosaurus rex showed signs that it would grow up to be a ferocious predator. Scientists reported evidence that a juvenile T. rex fed on a large ... read more

Mar. 11, 2019 — A new article tells how researchers found -- in the site of Hort de la Bequera (Margalef de Montsant, Priorat) -- an artistic piece from 12,500 years ago in which humans and birds try to interact in ... read more

Mar. 11, 2019 — Scientists are rethinking a major milestone in animal evolution, after gaining fresh insights into how life on Earth diversified millions of years ... read more

New Wallaby-Sized Dinosaur from the Ancient Australian-Antarctic Rift Valley

Mar. 11, 2019 — A new, wallaby-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been identified from five fossilized upper jaws in 125-million-year-old rocks from the Cretaceous period of Victoria, southeastern ... read more

Mar. 8, 2019 — By analyzing troves of genetic data and considering a vast number of possible ways to examine it, scientists now have a high degree of confidence that horseshoe crabs do indeed belong within the ... read more

Mar. 8, 2019 — To adapt mortar to new building materials and industrial methods, the content in walls and plaster changed during the 20th century. The change meant that knowledge of historical materials and methods ... read more

Mar. 8, 2019 — A study has used eye-tracking techniques to analyze the processes of selective attention that determine the way in which we explore and interact with our environment. Researchers studied the ... read more

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