Long-Hidden Seeds Resurrected From UK's Forgotten Ghost Ponds

Long-Hidden Seeds Resurrected From UK's Forgotten Ghost Ponds

The fields of England may be hiding a muddy secret. Pockmarking the landscape are the echoes of “ghost ponds” – ponds filled in with soil that are not properly drained. From these, researchers have now resurrected dormant seeds from their dank graves, after being preserved within the soil for over 100 years.  At the start of the 20th…

Big Beloved Tortoise Stolen From New York Environment Center

Big Beloved Tortoise Stolen From New York Environment Center

The New York Police Department are hunting down a gang of thieves who have stolen one of the city’s treasures: a really heavy, really expensive tortoise. The African-spurred tortoise, who goes by the name Millennium, was discovered missing from the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, New York, on Monday morning, suggesting he had been stolen over…

Humans Have Been In Australia For 65,000 Years

Humans Have Been In Australia For 65,000 Years

Humanity reached Australia even earlier than previously thought, according to new dating of tools from a rock shelter in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The arrival was so early it throws doubt on ideas of when modern humans first left Africa, and the timing of interbreeding with Neanderthals and Denisovans. The question of when people arrived…

Some Sharks Shrug Their Shoulders To Swallow Food

Some Sharks Shrug Their Shoulders To Swallow Food

You might not ordinarily give your tongue much attention, but the solid piece of muscle is used for all sorts of things, not least swallowing food. So spare a thought for those animals that lack a tongue and yet still need to chow down to stay alive. It turns out that some sharks may instead shrug…

This Bird-Like Dinosaur Walked Around Canada 71 Million Years Ago

This Bird-Like Dinosaur Walked Around Canada 71 Million Years Ago

Paleontologists have identified a new species of dinosaur, a giant bird-like theropod that roamed the badlands of Alberta in Canada during the Late Cretaceous period around 71 million years ago. Paleontologists first thought the bones and teeth of this specimen belonged to another two-legged dinosaur called Troodon that stalked North America 76 million years ago, often considered one…

All Modern Dogs May Have Evolved From German Wolves

All Modern Dogs May Have Evolved From German Wolves

One of the most pressing scientific questions of our time is, without a doubt, where do we come from? Although it’s likely that dogs are far too distracted by abandonment issues to have time for any existential ponderings, scientists are quite curious as to where dogs first came from, and a new Nature Communications paper…