mtDNA study shows Minoans came from Europe not Africa
Genetic analysis shows tortoise species thought to be extinct for 150 years still lives
Dozens of giant tortoises of a species believed extinct for 150 years may still be living at a remote location in the Galapagos Islands, a genetic analysis conducted by Yale University researchers reveals.
Giant impact near India -- not Mexico -- may have doomed dinosaurs
A mysterious basin off the coast of India could be the largest, multi-ringed impact crater the world has ever seen. And if a new study is right, it may have been responsible for killing the dinosaurs off 65 ...
Could salt crusts be key ingredient in cooking up prebiotic molecules?
German scientists investigating the complex chemical mixture thought to be present in the early Earth’s oceans have found that amino acids can be 'cooked' into many other important chemical building blocks ...
New clues in Easter Island hat mystery
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of archaeologists has come one step closer to unravelling the mystery of how the famous statues dotting the landscape of a tiny Pacific island acquired their distinctive red hats.
Chronology of Christmas Island's volcanic history unearthed
Geological samples from Christmas Island have been analysed by a West Australian scientist, giving valuable insight into its unique volcanic history.
Source of Galapagos eruptions is not where models place it
Images gathered by University of Oregon scientists using seismic waves penetrating to a depth of 300 kilometers (almost 200 miles) report the discovery of an anomaly that likely is the volcanic mantle plume ...
Volcano raises new island far south of Japan
A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said.
Coral reefs 'ruled by earthquakes and volcanoes'
(Phys.org) —Titanic forces in the Earth's crust explain why the abundance and richness of corals varies dramatically across the vast expanse of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, a world-first study from the ...
Doubt over 'volcanic winter' after Toba super-eruption
(Phys.org) —New research from Oxford University casts doubt on the theory that the Mount Toba super-eruption, which took place at the Indonesian island of Sumatra 75,000 years ago, could have plunged the ...
Russian Far East holds seismic hazards that could threaten Pacific Basin
(Phys.org)—For decades, a source of powerful earthquakes and volcanic activity on the Pacific Rim was shrouded in secrecy, as the Soviet government kept outsiders away from what is now referred to as the ...
Trigger for explosive volcanic eruptions identified
Scientists from the University of Southampton have identified a repeating trigger for the largest explosive volcanic eruptions on Earth.
Tenerife island landscape reveals explosive past
Volcanologists from the University of Leicester have uncovered one of the world's best-preserved accessible examples of a monstrous landslide that followed a huge volcanic eruption on the Canarian island of ...
Ancient rock under Haiti came from 1,000+ miles away, 1 billion years older than previously thought
(PhysOrg.com) -- Earthquakes and volcanoes are known for their ability to transform Earth's surface, but new research in the Caribbean has found they can also move ancient Earth rock foundations more than 1,000 miles.