Natural History

Climate change is reshaping communities of ocean organisms

Climate change is reshaping communities of fish and other sea life, according to a pioneering study on how ocean warming is affecting the mix of species. This is a black...

UN report on global warming of 1.5°C approved by governments

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the...

Last year’s extreme snowfall wiped out breeding of Arctic animals and plants

In 2018, vast amounts of snow were spread across most of the Arctic region and did not melt...

Environment scientists close in on ‘golden spike’ to define Anthropocene

Leicester researchers searching for a 'golden spike' to formally define humanity's current geological period -- and acknowledge human...

Meltwater lakes under the Antarctic Ice Sheet accelerated glacial retreat in the Earth’s past

During the last glacial period - when the ice in the Antarctic was far thicker and extended further...

Mystery of volcanic tsunami in the Aegean Sea solved after 373 years

The explosion of the underwater volcano Kolumbo in the Aegean Sea in 1650 triggered a destructive tsunami that was described by historical eye witnesses....

Fossil lipids as biomarkers for oxygen-producing primordial bacteria

Cyanobacteria are a key species in Earth's history, as they introduced atmospheric oxygen for the first time. The analysis of their evolution therefore provides...

Raining cats and dogs: Global precipitation patterns a driver for animal diversity

Since the HMS Beagle arrived in the Galapagos with Charles Darwin to meet a fateful family of finches, ecologists have struggled to understand a...

Researchers probe molten rock to crack Earth’s deepest secrets

New research focused on the quantum structure of elements under extreme conditions has implications for understanding Earth's evolution, interpreting unusual seismic signals, and even...

Superdeep diamonds provide a window on supercontinent growth

Diamonds contain evidence of the mantle rocks that helped buoy and grow the ancient supercontinent Gondwana from below, according to new research from a...

New study challenges origin of Stonehenge Altar Stone

A recent study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports challenges the long-standing belief regarding the origin of the largest stone in the inner...
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