Humanity’s oldest ancestor was a tiny Packman-like sack with bad breath

Introduction: Scientists (Han et al., 2017) have just discovered well-preserved fossilised remains of humanity’s oldest ancestor (Figure 1).  The little dude—your greatest grand pappy—was called Saccorhytus coronarius. Details: Where, when and how old? S. coronarius lived in the seafloor during … Continued

A gigantic iceberg is about to crack off of Antarctica, here are three things you should know

Introduction: Several groups of researchers are reporting that a large rift (Figure 1) is stretching across the West Antarctic Ice Sheet’s Larsen C Ice Shelf (e.g. MIDAS and IceBridge).  This crack will eventually separate an iceberg the size of a … Continued

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