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 ...

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 ...