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King Senebkay: how did the Egyptian pharaoh stay undiscovered for so long?

These are exciting times to be an Egyptologist. Earlier this month, archaeologists disclosed that everybody's favourite mummified teenage pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, had been buried with his penis at 90 degrees to make him look more like Osiris, god of the afterlife, for reasons too complicated to …

"Doughnut Rock" Added to Mars's Mystery Object Hall of Fame

Folks have been seeing funny things on Mars for a very long time.<p>Crumbling canals, a mysterious sphinx, and now something that looks like a crumpled jelly doughnut... Mars has a way of serving up mystery objects that befuddle and delight us earthlings. (See video: "Exploration: Mission to …

Plate 3: The peculiar greenness of the three-toed sloth

This engraving of a pale-throated sloth appears in an article on three-toed sloths by zoologist John Gray published in 1871. He had just received an interesting letter from German botanist Berthold Seeman who was fascinated by the “greyish-green colour” of a specimen he’d brought back from …

An Extraterrestrial Fist Bump - Look What NASA's Curiousity Rover Just Tweeted

Curiosity Rover tweeted this animation, celebrating new findings from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, that have confirmed an ancient wet …

Killing One Owl, To Save Another, Ruffles Feathers

Barred owls are being killed to save endangered spotted owls.<p>To save the endangered northern spotted owl, biologists have begun killing barred owls, a more widespread and aggressive bird that has invaded the former species' territories in the U.S. Northwest. Once a barred owl enters a spotted owl's …

Curious History: Ancient Celts Left Mark on America’s Heartland

Perhaps one of the greatest historical anomalies in the New World—the Anubis Caves in Oklahoma—gives evidence of an ancient cult’s mysterious …

Record 829 Manatee Deaths in 2013 Puzzle Scientists

Researchers have found one main cause and are trying to crack the mystery of another.<p>The year 2013 was an unlucky one for manatees, the gentle, rotund sea mammals that live along the coastline of the Florida peninsula. The 829 known deaths last year were the highest annual total since biologists …

Noah's Ark Blueprints Found—4,000-Year-Old Detailed Instructions

Irving Finkel, British Museum curator and author of “The Ark Before Noah,” has found a 4,000-year-old tablet that describes the materials and …

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the Kings, the find's lead archaeologist said on Wednesday.<p>The discovery of King Senebkay is …

New England's 'Lost' Archaeological Sites Rediscovered

Take a walk in the New England woods, and you may stumble upon the overgrown remains of a building's foundation or the stacked stones of a wall. Now, …

Sabertooths Had Weak Bites, Used Neck Muscles to Kill

Distantly related sabertooth species had similarly wimpy jaws.<p><b>At least two species of sabertooths were more muscle than bite, subduing their prey with powerful necks and forelimbs, a new study says.</b><p>The long-fanged prehistoric predators "have long excited scholarly and popular attention," …

August 2013

Why Is This Australian Spotted Cat in Trouble?

Wildlife<p><b>Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll.</b><p>Since 1996, the virally transmitted “devil facial tumor disease” has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population. In the areas of the Australian island (map) where the disease …