Shaking some limbs on the tree of life: Ancient Australian fossils were on land, not at sea, geologist proposes
Ancient multicellular fossils long thought to be ancestors of early marine life are remnants of land-dwelling lichen or other microbial colonies, says University of Oregon scientist Gregory Retallack, who ...
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover studies rock-layer contact zone
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is examining a valley where at least two types of bedrock meet, for clues about changes in ancient environmental conditions recorded by the rock.
Image: Curiosity Mars rover beside sandstone target 'Windjana'
(Phys.org) —This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a sandstone slab on which the rover team has selected a target, "Windjana," for close-up examination and possible ...
Curiosity Mars rover finds sandstone variations
(Phys.org) —Variations in the stuff that cements grains together in sandstone have shaped the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and could be a study topic at the mission's next science waypoint.
Oil- and metal-munching microbes dominate deep sandstone formations
Halomonas are a hardy breed of bacteria. They can withstand heat, high salinity, low oxygen, utter darkness and pressures that would kill most other organisms. These traits enable these microbes to eke ou ...
Australia's stampeding dinosaurs take a dip
(Phys.org)—Queensland paleontologists have discovered that the world's only recorded dinosaur stampede is largely made up of the tracks of swimming rather than running animals.
Cambridgeshire Quarry throws up 4,500-year-old find
(PhysOrg.com) -- A remarkable piece of Neolithic rock art, unlike anything previously found in Eastern England, has been unearthed in the Cambridgeshire village of Over.
Scientists target East Coast rocks for CO2 storage
Scientists say buried volcanic rocks along the heavily populated coasts of New York, New Jersey and New England, as well as further south, might be ideal reservoirs to lock away carbon dioxide emitted by power ...
Obama signs wide-ranging conservation law
President Barack Obama signed legislation on Monday expanding and protecting US public parks and wilderness areas from oil and gas development, billed as the largest US conservation measure in more than 15 ...
Professor discovers new lichen species in city of Boulder
A University of Colorado Boulder scientist unexpectedly discovered two lichen species new to science in the same week while conducting research in Boulder Colorado, near the city's eastern limits.
New forms of dinosaur eggs (Dictyoolithids) found
Paleontologists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, collected some dinosaur eggs of the oofamily Dictyoolithidae from the Upper Cretaceous ...
Nullarbor region once full of fast-flowing rivers
(Phys.org)—University of Adelaide geologists have shed new light on the origin of Australia's largest delta, the Ceduna Delta, and the river systems which drained the continent millions of years before ...
About that 'flower' on Mars….
The Curiosity rover is having a "field day" exploring the rocks in shallow depression that scientists call 'Yellowknife Bay', which is chockfull of light toned rocks. One small rock or feature – the size ...
Broome dinosaur footprints detail substrate deformation unique on Earth
Two recent papers by palaeontologists working north of Broome highlight a new approach to the study of dinosaur footprints.