The Ice Age-era bear was found on the Lyakhovsky Islands in north-east Russia NORTH-EASTERN FEDERAL UNIVERSITY The immaculately preserved remains of an Ice Age-era bear have been unearthed by reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic, researchers have said. The bear was revealed by the melting permafrost on the Lyakhovsky Islands […]

Volunteer divers from the nonprofit Badewanne team discovered this Dutch fluit ship in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. (Image: © Badewanne) Divers from Finland have made an unexpected discovery while exploring the depths of the Baltic Sea, finding an incredibly well-preserved shipwreck dating back almost 400 years. Volunteer […]

ANIMATION Sharks’ non-bony skeletons were thought to be the template before bony internal skeletons evolved, but a new fossil discovery suggests otherwise. The discovery of a 410-million-year-old fish fossil with a bony skull suggests the lighter skeletons of sharks may have evolved from bony ancestors, rather than the other way […]

In 2015, Russian-American billionaire Yuri Milner established Breakthrough Initiatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing space exploration. Central to this effort is Breakthrough Listen, a ten-year international research program dedicated to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and the largest and most sophisticated effort to find intelligent life beyond Earth to date. In the […]

Modern scholars have only been able to speculate about where the huge stones came from—until now. Evidence suggests the monument’s Neolithic builders shopped local. PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS GORMAN/GETTY IMAGES THE HUGE SLABS of stone that make up the most iconic structures at Stonehenge came from about 25km away, according to chemical analysis. […]

ANDRE PATTENDEN/ENGLISH HERITAGE As Robert Phillips neared his 90th birthday, the former diamond cutter decided to return a priceless piece of history to the United Kingdom: a 91-centimeter-long cylinder of rock from the heart of Stonehenge. Now, archaeologists working with the so-called Phillips core have all but conclusively shown that […]

For most of the human history of Australia, sea levels were much lower than they are today, and there was extra dry land where people lived. Archaeologists could only speculate about how people used those now-submerged lands, and whether any traces remain today. But in a study published today in PLOS […]

An analysis of the first large diamonds confirmed to come from deep under the Earth’s surface supports initial predictions showing that the Smithsonian’s famous Hope diamond may be “super deep,” originating from more than three times deeper in the Earth than most diamonds. It also suggests, in a new finding, […]

Light curves in the keV, GeV and TeV bands, and spectral evolution in the TeV band for GRB 190114C. Credit: MAGIC Collaboration, 2020. An international team of astronomers has detected a teraelectronvolt (TeV) emission from a gamma-ray burst designated GRB 190114C. The discovery could improve the understanding of very high […]