Osterhage et al., Author provided The mysterious bigfin squid has been spotted in Australia’s waters for the first time. My colleagues and I from the CSIRO and Museums Victoria detail the encounters in our new research, published today in Public Library of Sciences ONE. There have only been about a dozen bigfin […]

Duckbill dinosaurs evolved in north America, spreading to South America, Asia, Europe, and finally Africa. Credit: Raul Martin The first fossils of a duckbilled dinosaur have been discovered in Africa, suggesting dinosaurs crossed hundreds of kilometers of open water to get there. The study, published in Cretaceous Research, reports the new dinosaur, Ajnabia […]

Most fossil albanerpetontids are crushed or in disarray. This CT image shows an exquisitely preserved adult albanerpetontid skull that is helping researchers re-envision these extinct amphibians. Credit: Edward Stanley/Florida Museum of Natural History/VGStudioMax3.4 Fossils of bizarre, armored amphibians known as albanerpetontids provide the oldest evidence of a slingshot-style tongue, a […]

Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis). Credit: Jaffacity CC BY-SA 4.0 New research reports on discovery of 5-million-year-old honey badger-like animal from West Coast of South Africa. Five million years ago, dangerous carnivores — such as giant wolverines and otters, bears, sabertooth cats, and large hyaenids — prowled the West Coast of […]

This illustration highlights the Moon’s Clavius Crater with an illustration depicting water trapped in the lunar soil there, along with an image of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) that found sunlit lunar water. Credits: NASA/Daniel Rutter NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first […]

Researchers Graham Pearson (left) and Jesse Reimink examine conglomerate rocks in Nunavut. Analysis of the 15 kilograms of samples they collected revealed three small diamonds within the rocks—an unexpected find that sheds light on what geological conditions were like on Earth three billion years ago. Credit: University of Alberta The […]

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 […]