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Bumpy beast was a desert dweller

During the Permian era, the Earth was dominated by a single supercontinent called Pangea – "All-Earth". Animal and plant life dispersed broadly across this land, as documented by identical fossil species ...

Jun 24, 2013
5 / 5 (11) 5 | with audio podcast

Climate conditions determine Amazon fire risk

(Phys.org) —Using an innovative satellite technique, NASA scientists have determined that a previously unmapped type of wildfire in the Amazon rainforest is responsible for destroying several times more ...

Jun 08, 2013
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Wet weather helped human culture grow (Update)

We moan about the wet weather all too often but it may have been crucial in the development of human culture from about 70,000 years onwards, according to scientists reporting in Nature Communications today. ...

May 21, 2013
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Early warning signs of population collapse

Many factors—including climate change, overfishing or loss of food supply—can push a wild animal population to the brink of collapse. Ecologists have long sought ways to measure the risk of such a collapse, ...

Apr 10, 2013
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Surprising predictor of ecosystem chemistry

Carnegie scientists have found that the plant species making up an ecosystem are better predictors of ecosystem chemistry than environmental conditions such as terrain, geology, or altitude. This is the first ...

Apr 08, 2013
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Battling oceanic climate change

Changes to the temperature and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere are causing fundamental changes to the ocean, too. The water is getting warmer and more acidic, and those changes may reconfigure the microbial ...

Feb 18, 2013
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