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Hellenistic temple discovered in Jordan’s Umm Qais

An archaeological excavation team from Yarmouk University has recently discovered a Hellenistic temple and network of water tunnels, Atef Sheyyab, president of the archaeology department at the university told the Jordan Times. An archaeological excavation team from Yarmouk University works at the site  of a newly-discovered Hellenistic temple in Umm Qais  [Credit: Atef Sheyyab]The temple dates from the Hellenistic era …Continue reading →

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Kythera reveals more items from Elgin’s antiquities smuggling operation

Greece’s Ministry of Culture have announced the discovery of more treasures from the legendary shipwreck Mentor in Kythera, which includes chess pieces, tobacco pipes, vials, and even a toothbrush as uncovered by marine archaeologists at the underwater excavations. The Mentor was the ship on board which Britain’s Lord Elgin smuggled the stolen Parthenon Sculptures as well as fragments of other …Continue reading →

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Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist. The research team crushed old sedimentary rocks to powder and extracted molecules  of ancient organisms in them [Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU]Lead researcher Associate Professor Jochen Brocks said the …Continue reading →

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Cenozoic carnivore from Turkey may have evolved without placental competitors

A new marsupial-like carnivorous animal that lived more than 40 million years ago in what is now Turkey may have evolved in the absence of competition from placental mammals, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Murat Maga from University of Washington, US and Robin Beck from University of Salford, UK. Reconstruction of the Anatoliadelphys …Continue reading →

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400-million-year-old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

A new study from ANU on a 400 million year old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary lineage linked to humans. 3-D print of the jaw [Credit: Australian National University]The fossil comes from ancient limestones around Lake Burrinjuck, 50 kilometres northwest of Canberra. The area is rich in fossil shells and corals, but …Continue reading →

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Urban floods intensifying, countryside drying up

An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and smaller catchments coupled with a drier countryside. New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 … climate change is bringing more rainfall  to urban areas and leaving less water in rural and farming areas [Credit: …Continue reading →

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Stardust hitches a ride on meteorites more often than previously thought

Even tiny dust particles have stories to tell − especially when they come from outer space. Meteorites contain tiny amounts of what is popularly known as stardust, matter originating from dying stars. Such stardust is part of the raw material from which some 4.6 billion years ago our planets and the meteorite parent bodies, the so-called asteroids, emerged. Detected for …Continue reading →

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Tracking a solar eruption through the solar system

Ten spacecraft, from ESA’s Venus Express to NASA’s Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the solar system while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Observations of the Oct. 14, 2014, coronal mass ejection seen by various sun-watching spacecraft. The eruption began at  around 18:30 GMT, and was …Continue reading →

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New genomic insights reveal a surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road

Centuries ago, the ancient networks of the Silk Road facilitated a political and economic openness between the nations of Eurasia. But this network also opened pathways for genetic exchange that shaped one of the world’s most popular fruits: the apple. As travellers journeyed east and west along the Silk Road, trading their goods and ideas, they brought with them hitchhiking …Continue reading →

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Accidental deaths of endangered whale threatens its survival

A high number of accidental deaths this year among the endangered North Atlantic right whale threaten the survival of the species, according to conservation groups and marine scientists. Researchers examine one of the North Atlantic right whales that have died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence  [Credit: The Canadian Press//HO- Marine Animal Response Society]The right whales, which summer off of …Continue reading →

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