Nine human skeletons have been found by archaeologists excavating land to be used for a water pipeline in Suffolk.
Eight of them, found together near Barnham, are believed to date back to about AD300. Two of the bodies had been buried with a brooch and a knife.
The other skeleton was…
What is the point of a gate that does not lead anywhere? asked Nameless, turning to avoid the glare of the setting sun.
The Scientist squinted ahead as the semicircular disk continued its downward trajectory past the horizon, and finally replied. To frame that which we otherwise might not notice.
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The Trouble With Turtles: Paleontology at a Crossroads
Scientists debate whether modern turtles are more closely related to snakes and lizards or birds and crocodiles.
by Naomi Lubick
Traditional paleontological research has been upended over the past few decades, as less traditional fields, such as genomics and developmental biology, have weighed in on vertebrate evolution. Researchers have examined the lingering color elements in dinosaur feathers, the genetics of woolly mammoths, purported proteins and blood from dinosaurs, and other ancient fossil signatures using modern tools. But the question of turtle evolution has remained resistant to both traditional and novel methods.
More than 300 species of turtles exist today, but where they came from isn’t entirely clear. Turtles are the last big living vertebrate group to be placed firmly on the tree of life, and the arguments are getting messy. Three fields in particular — paleontology, developmental biology and microbiology/genomics — disagree about how, and from what, turtles may have evolved.
Traditional paleontologists have placed turtles, which are indisputably reptiles, in relation to a group of mostly extinct reptilian animals called anapsids, which don’t have holes in their skulls; however, analyses in the 1990s put turtles in the diapsid camp, which originally had two holes in their skulls, and closer to modern reptiles like snakes. Morphology places them near the group made up of lizards and birds and crocodiles…
(read more: EARTH Magazine)
images: T - Kathleen Cantner, AGI.; Bottom 3 - Tyler Lyson, NMNH
Today In History
‘Granville T. Woods, inventor of over 50 products, was born in Columbus, OH, on this date April 23, 1856. The steam-boiler furnace, the telegraph system for trains, and automatic air brakes were some of his inventions.’
(picture: Granville T. Woods)
- CARTER Magazine
Silicified stump: a type of petrified wood in which the organic material was replaced with a silicate mineral - in this case, clear quartz. The process of petrification occurs when organic material becomes quickly buried in a strict, oxygen-free environment, often as a result of flooding or volcanic eruption.
This specimen comes from the Gallatin Petrified Forest in Yellowstone National Park, an ancient Eocene ecosystem which thrived between 55-35mya. Check out this beauty on display in the newly configured geology exhibition space on the 2nd floor at The Field Museum!