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Alzheimer's Could Actually Start Elsewhere in The Body And Not The Brain, Says Study

Incredibly important.<p>Alzheimer's disease is usually described as a degenerative neurological condition, one that is commonly associated with memory …

New Study Restructures the Dinosaur Family Tree

Back in 1887, British paleontologist Harry Seeley changed the dinosaur world when he began classifying the thunder lizards into two broad categories …

Paleontology

These Fish Have Been Caught Evolving to Survive on Land

Better to be a fish out of water than a fish eaten.<p>There are fish on our planet right now that are evolving to live on land, and a new study shows …

Some Good News About the Worst Mass Extinction in Earth's History

If the fact that the Earth is careening toward a sixth mass extinction event makes you uncomfortable, good news: it turns out, the biosphere may have …

Earth Has a New Continent Called 'Zealandia', Study Reveals

It was hiding in plain sight.<p>Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and …

Earth Science

Scientists Discover A Whole NEW Species Of Humans

A new discovery by scientists in Southwest China could be changing everything we thought we knew about the evolution of humans. No really, <i>everything.</i> …

World-First in Ukraine as 'Three-Parent' Baby Born to an Infertile Couple

Three parents, one baby, and a lot of controversy.<p>Doctors in Ukraine have announced a world-first, with a 'three-parent' baby being born to an …

Zebra Shark Has Babies Without a Male After Years of Isolation

A female zebra shark in Australia has shocked scientists by producing three offspring after spending years away from her male partner. Subsequent …

Palaeontologists solve an ancient tentacled mystery

Exceptionally preserved fossils have enabled researchers to place a tricky group of extinct marine animals on the tree of life<p>There are some fossils it’s difficult to get enthusiastic about. Don’t get me wrong: as someone whose PhD focussed on the fossil equivalent of tea-leaves, my threshold for …

Paleontology

Forget what you thought dinosaurs looked like — this adorable bird–lizard just changed the game

Research led by Dr Jakob Vinther of the University of Bristol and published in a paper in the journal Current Biology showed that a Psittacosaurus — nicknamed a "parrot-lizard" — is about the size of a turkey, has bristles on its tail and a birdlike beak. In other words, a bit weird, but also …

Scientists decode the color pattern of the world’s cutest dinosaur

Art and science merged to make the most accurate 3D model of a dinosaur yet. And what a dinosaur researchers chose.<p>The <i>Psittacosaurus</i>, or parrot …

Scientists discover incredible dinosaur that could change skin colour to camouflage itself from predators

Scientists have discovered an incredible dinosaur that changed the colour of its skin to camouflage itself from predators.<p>Researchers made the …

Researchers break record for keeping lab-grown human embryos alive

Research gives glimpse of critical period of human development, sparking calls for debate on current 14-day legal limit for embryo experimentation<p>Researchers have broken the record for growing human embryos in the lab, keeping them alive and active beyond the stage when they would naturally implant …

Genetics

These truisms proved false in 2015

Some truisms turned out to be false in 2015 — notably, <i>Brontosaurus</i> exists only in pop culture, the speed of light is always constant and fish are …

Australian scientists discover new dinosaur species – the Kunbarrasaurus

Scientists examine 3D images of dinosaur skeleton found in north-east Australia in 1989 and discover distinct species<p>Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that roamed around Australia – a heavily-armoured sheep-sized creature with a parrot-like beak.<p>The dinosaur, named …

Dinosaurs

Ancient Supersized Shark Fossils Unearthed in Texas

Science<p>Ancient Supersized Shark Fossils Unearthed in Texas<p>By Laura Geggel, LiveScience<p>October 22 2015 06:00 AM EDT<p>From our partners<p>A mega shark that …

Ancient Volcano Collapse Caused A Tsunami With An 800-Foot Wave

The risk of megatsunamis may be slightly greater than expected—but they’re still extremely rare<p>Some 73,000 years ago, in the Cape Verde islands off the west coast of Africa, a large piece of an erupting volcano collapsed upon itself and slid into the sea. Scientists studying the eruption believe …

Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

Harvard University spliced recreated genes from a woolly mammoth into the DNA of an elephant and found they functioned normally<p>A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic …

Genetics

February birthstone is the amethyst

Are you a February baby? Here’s some cool info about your birthstone, the amethyst. Plus pics!<p>February’s birthstone is the amethyst. Amethysts …

Jewelry

Fish-eating snails stun their prey with insulin

Study finds what could be the first ever use of insulin in animal venom<p>Evolution can be an arms race between predator and prey — as predators develop new killing tactics, prey respond by evolving camouflage abilities, or developing defense mechanisms. A team at the University of Utah has discovered …

Why is the Sun Yellow and the Sky Blue?

New "Chicken From Hell" Dinosaur Discovered

The 66-million-year-old feathered dino resembled a giant, demonic bird.<p>A newly discovered dinosaur species that paleontologists have dubbed the "chicken from hell" is among the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found in North America.<p>The 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 500-pound (225-kilogram) <i>Anzu</i> …

Beautiful Skull Spurs Debate on Human History

A 1.8-million-year-old skull blends features of a number of early human species.<p><b>A newly discovered skull, some 1.8 million years old, has rekindled debate over the identity of humanity's ancient ancestors. Uncovered at the Dmanisi site in the Caucasus in Georgia, "Skull 5" represents the most</b> …

Solved: Mystery of Moving Stones in Death Valley

So-called sailing stones in California’s Death Valley National Park have perplexed tourists and scientists alike for their apparent ability to move …

Death Valley

Dreadnoughtus! New Dino May Be Largest Land Animal Ever

An international team of paleontologists have just uncovered the coolest dinosaur of this decade, and the biggest fossil ever of a single organism. Meet Dreadnoughtus. RELATED: Tyrannosaurus Trackways Reveal a Dinosaur's Walk.<p><b>Move over, Velociraptor and T. rex</b>. Here comes another top-tier dinosaur …

Two unclassifiable species found off Australian coast

Two unclassifiable mushroom-shaped creatures have been discovered in the ocean depths off Australia.<p>Two species of the strange organisms were found that could not be placed in any existing phyla, the large families of living things that include vertebrates and flowering plants.<p>The animals, known as …

Tiny Shrimp-like Organisms Try to Illuminate the Insides of Fish That Eat Them | Colossal

<p>No, these aren’t light vomiting fish, though you would be forgiven for thinking so because that’s exactly what it looks like. What you’re seeing is …