Bering Strait may be global temperature stabilizer
Woolly mammoth extinction has lessons for modern climate change
Although humans and woolly mammoths co-existed for millennia, the shaggy giants disappeared from the globe between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago, and scientists couldn't explain until recently exactly how the ...
320-year-old mystery solved thanks to ancient DNA
University of Adelaide researchers have found the answer to one of natural history's most intriguing puzzles – the origins of the now extinct Falkland Islands wolf and how it came to be the only land-based ...
Original Australians numbered 1,000-3,000, study finds
Australia was first settled by between 1,000 and 3,000 humans around 50,000 years ago, but the population crashed during the Ice Age before recovering to a peak of some 1.2 million people around five centuries ...
Fossils offer new clues into Native American's 'journey' and how they survived the last Ice Age
Researchers have discovered how Native Americans may have survived the last Ice Age after splitting from their Asian relatives 25,000 years ago.
Study: Animals populated Madagascar by rafting there
How did the lemurs, flying foxes and narrow-striped mongooses get to the large, isolated island of Madagascar sometime after 65 million years ago?
Scientists illuminate the ancient history of circumarctic peoples
Two studies led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and National Geographic's Genographic Project reveal new information about the migration patterns of the first humans to settle the Americas. The studies identify ...
Parting the waters: Computer modeling applies physics to Red Sea escape route (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- The biblical account of the parting of the Red Sea has inspired and mystified people for millennia. A new computer modeling study by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research ...
Mexico plans to extract 13,000-year-old skeleton (Update)
Mexican experts plan to extract the entire skeleton of a teenage girl who nearly 13,000 years ago toppled into a deep hole in a Mexican cave and died, an official said Monday.
New insights into the evolutionary history of bears
According to researchers of the LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Goethe University Frankfurt and the U.S. Wildlife Service several bear species that today only occur in America or in ...
Mitochondrial genome analysis revises view of the initial peopling of North America
The initial peopling of North America from Asia occurred approximately 15,000-18,000 years ago, however estimations of the genetic diversity of the first settlers have remained inaccurate. In a report published online today ...
Salamanders are evidence of older land connection between Central and South America
(Phys.org) —The humble salamander may provide evidence to support a controversial claim that North and South America were joined together much early than previously thought.
Coral reef fish face barriers when it comes to evolution
Nemo may have found his way home, but when it comes to evolution, he and his friends encounter a whole different set of challenges.
Ancient birds from North America colonized the South
Scientists studying ancient species migration believe northern birds had the ability to colonise continents that southern species lacked. The research, published in Ecography, reveals how the ancient 'land ...