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Paleo Profile: “Lightning Claw”

<b>Name:</b> There is no official name yet, but the specimen has been given the informal name “Lightning Claw”.<p><b>Meaning:</b> The nickname comes from Lightning Ridge, where the bones were found, and the large claws that help distinguish the lineage this dinosaur belonged to.<p><b>Age:</b> Around 110 million years</b> …

Dinosaurs

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Ancient History

Jet engine parts on Las Vegas runway indicate major failure

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jet engine parts found on the Las Vegas runway where a British Airways flight aborted takeoff as the engine burst into flames indicate a rare catastrophic failure, experts said as investigators released preliminary findings and began analyzing flight data and cockpit …

McCarran International Airport

Homo Naledi, New Human Species Found: Pictures

Prehistory

New Pluto images confirm it as a world of mysteries

New close-up images of dwarf planet Pluto have ‘scientists reeling’ because of the bewildering variety of surface features revealed.<p>As celestial bodies go, Pluto is far more surprising than anyone could have expected.<p>“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that …