Researchers have looked to dinosaurs to explain many of the unique features of birds, including feathers, bone structure, and more. However, the wings of birds have proven to be particularly interesting to researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science.
Category: Geology and Archaeology
Scientists discover a new layer of molten rock hidden under earth’s crust that might settle the debate about how tectonic plates move.
Scientists have discovered a new layer of partly molten rock under the Earth’s crust that might help settle a long-standing debate about how tectonic plates move.
Researchers say changes in Earth’s orbit may have triggered ancient Paleocene-Eocene global warming event 56 million years ago.
Changes in Earth’s orbit that favored hotter conditions may have helped trigger a rapid global warming event 56 million years ago that is considered an analogue for modern climate change, according to an international team of scientists.
Diver pulls 900-year-old Crusader sword from Carmel Beach seafloor.
A diver in Israel found a 900-year-old Crusader sword on the Carmel Beach seafloor in Israel. The sword is encrusted in marine life but scientists say it is “preserved in perfect condition”.
The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries of All Time [Infographic].
The folks over at Caherconnell Fort created this outstanding infographic that features 10 of the ultimate archaeological discoveries throughout human history.
World’s largest canyon discovered under Antarctic ice sheet – dwarfs Grand Canyon in size
We know little about lies beneath the vast expanse of ice in Antarctica but researchers this week announced two findings that boggle the mind – analysis of satellite imagery reveals a hidden world underneath Princess Elizabeth Land in East Antarctica that contains a canyon as deep and twice as long as the Grand Canyon and…
Earthquakes rock our world – all about earthquakes and the massive damage they can cause.
Earthquakes are no laughing matter. They are the result of vibrations in the Earth’s outer crust. These vibrations are caused when underground rock slips. The Earth’s crust is made of large plates of rock. Over time these layers of rock slowly move causing the plates to slip against each other. These tectonic type earthquakes occur…
Unusually high sulfur content causes Kawah Ijen volcano to spew beautiful, brilliant, spectral blue lava
Kawah Ijen, part of the Ijen volcano complex, is a group of stratovolcanoes in East Java, Indonesia. With an active crater that’s over 200 meters deep, the volcano complex is also home to the world’s largest turquoise-colored acidic lake, full of sulfuric acid, that produces a highly-unusual effect on the volcano’s lava flows. Instead of…
Oldest human footprints in North America identified -10,500-year-old footprints smash record
In 1961, during a highway construction project in northeastern Mexico, less than 200 miles from the Texas border, a pair of tracks, one left and one right, were uncovered in the Chihuahuan Desert. The tracks were excavated and taken to a local museum (Saltillo’s Museo del Desierto) for study. Now, over 50 years later, researchers…
Archaeologists discover Pluto’s “Gate to Hell” in southwestern Turkey
Known as Pluto’s Gate, the famous “Gate to Hell” cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition. It was said to be located in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and described as filled with lethal mephitic vapors. Last week, Italian archaeologists announced that they have…