Fossil ‘Meteorite Impact Dino Graveyard’,

Fossil ‘meteorite impact dino graveyard’, according to reports in BBC News, National Geographic and ScienceDaily 29 March 2019, CNN and Science News 1 April 2019, and PNAS published online 1 April 2019, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1817407116. Palaeontologists in North Dakota USA have found a fossil graveyard they claim was formed as a result of the impact of […]

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Biggest T. rex

Biggest T. rex found, according to reports in ScienceDaily 22 March 2019 and National Geographic 26 March 2019 and The Anatomical Record, 21 March 2019; doi: 10.1002/ar.24118. Palaeontologists at the University of Alberta have found the largest Tyrannosaurus rex known.  The 65% complete skeleton includes the skull and hips along with some ribs, leg and […]

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Marsupials Among the Dinosaurs

Marsupials among the dinosaurs, according to reports in ScienceDaily 19 February 2019, and Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, published online 14 February 2019, doi: 10.1080/14772019.2018.1560369. Researchers from the University of Colorado and University of Alaska Fairbanks have found over 60 fossils of the world’s northernmost marsupial.  The marsupial has been named Unnuakomys hutchisoni.  The fossils are […]

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Chinese Treasure Trove of Exquisite Fossils

Chinese treasure trove of exquisite fossils found, according to reports in National Geographic 21 March 2019, BBC News 24 March 2019 and Science 22 March 2019 doi: 10.1126/science.aau8800. Scientists in China have collected over 20,000 fossils including worms, jellyfish, sea anemones, small segmented invertebrates, and algae, preserved in rock near the Danshui river in Hubei […]

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Climate on Trial in Queensland,

Climate on trial in Queensland, according to the Courier Mail 27 March 2019. Last year (2018) Professor Peter Ridd was fired from his position as a scientist at James Cook University, Queensland after questioning the quality of research used as evidence that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger due to global warming. He had […]

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Remarkable Rain Downunder

100 years ago remarkable rain downunder reported in Nature “From the Archive” 20 March 2019. Nature reported: “The Times of March 17 gives an account … of a remarkable Australian rainfall. It states that “the extraordinary rainfall at Melbourne threatens the greatest flood since 1891. The south-eastern corner of Victoria and New South Wales is […]

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Dingo Species Dispute

Dingo species dispute reported in ABC News 7 March 2019 and Zootaxa 5 March 2019, doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4564.1.6. A group of researchers has carried out an extensive study of the Australian wild dog, known as the dingo, and claim it should be classified as a separate species of dog with the name Canis dingo, rather than […]

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Neanderthals had Human Spines

Neanderthals had human spines, according to ScienceDaily 25 February 2019 and PNAS 25 February 2019, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1820745116. Researchers at the University of Zurich have used high resolution 3D scans to study an almost complete skeleton found in La Chapelle-aux-Saints in France in the early 20th century. Neanderthals have traditionally been shown has having a stooped […]

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Lobster Skin Could Make Car Tyres

Lobster skin could make car tyres, according to Science (AAAS) News 19 February 2019 and Acta Biomaterialia 31 January 2019, doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2019.01.067. Lobsters have a hard exoskeleton over their backs, legs and sides, but they have a soft flexible membrane covering the undersides of their tails and around their joints that enables them to move […]

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Rabbit Evolution in Three Countries

Rabbit evolution in three countries, claim scientists in articles in Science (AAAS) News 14 February 2019, and Science 14 February 2019, doi: 10.1126/science.aau7285. European rabbits were introduced into Australia in the mid 1800s and over the following decades they multiplied and spread, eventually reaching plague proportions, and devastated crops and pasturelands. In 1950 the myxoma […]

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