Dog domestication much older than previously known

May 22, 2015

Dog domestication much older than previously known

Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind’s long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought. Today’s dogs, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, are ...

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

May 15, 2015

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club. Researchers said in the journal Science on Thursday that this deepwater denizen is the first fish known to be fully warm-blooded, circulating heated blood throughout its ...

Early bird winds back the avian clock

May 6, 2015

Early bird winds back the avian clock

Modern birds may have evolved 6 million years earlier than thought, said Chinese paleontologists Wednesday after analyzing the fossil remains of a previously unknown prehistoric relative. The extinct species, of which two fossils were discovered in China’s northeastern Hebei province about two years ago, ...

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

May 3, 2015

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon’s coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday. Researchers know of ...

Fossil boosts South Africa claim to be cradle of humanity

Apr 2, 2015

Fossil boosts South Africa claim to be cradle of humanity

New dating of South Africa’s most famous hominid fossil confirms it is older than previously thought, boosting the country’s claim to be a home of humankind, scientists said Wednesday. Known as “Little Foot,” the skeletal remains are those of a small ape-like creature who ...