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 ...

Fungi glow to attract creatures

Mar 28, 2015

Fungi glow to attract creatures

If you think you see a glowing mushroom, you might not be having a psychedelic hallucination. Some mushrooms indeed are bioluminescent, including one that sprouts among decaying leaves at the base of young palm trees in Brazilian coconut forests. Scientists have long wondered what ...

Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

Mar 22, 2015

Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

The widely held vision of Neanderthals as brutes may need a stark rethink after research found they crafted the world’s earliest jewelry from eagle talons 130,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared in Europe. “While reviewing eight, white-tailed eagle talons and an associated ...

First tree-climbing, burrowing mammals found

Feb 13, 2015

First tree-climbing, burrowing mammals found

Scientists on Thursday described Chinese fossils of two shrew-size creatures that were the oldest-known tree-climbing and burrowing mammals, showing that early mammals in the Jurassic Period had already claimed a variety of ecological niches. Agilodocodon scansorius, an omnivore that lived about 165 million years ...