• Ocean floor mud reveals secrets of past European climate
    [NEWS] Samples of sediment taken from the ocean floor of the North Atlantic Ocean have given researchers an unprecedented insight into the reasons why Europe's climate has changed over the past 3000 years. From the warmer climates of Roman times when vineyards flourished in England and Wales to the colder conditions that led to crop failure, famine and pandemics in early medieval times, Europe's climate has varied over the past three millennia. For the first time, res… - 23.11.2017
  • Marine species threatened by deep-sea mining
    [NEWS] IMAGE: These are polymetallic nodules with Plenaster craigi. White line is 1 cm.  Credit: The University of Gothenburg Less than half of our planet's surface is covered by land. The rest is water, and this environment is home to an enormous r… - 25.10.2017
  • 'Fake fin' discovery reveals new ichthyosaur species
    [NEWS] IMAGE: This is one of the original skeletons of Protoichthyosaurus described by Dr Robert Appleby in 1979 © National Museum of Wales - Dean R. Lomax. Credit: © National Museum of Wales - Dean R. Lomax.jpg An ichthyosaur first discovered in the 1970s but th… - 10.10.2017
  • Evolution: The beneficiaries of mass extinction
    [NEWS] IMAGE: The mass extinction at the end of the Permian (about 252 million years ago) was the largest in Earth history, in which 70 percent of land-living vertebrates became extinct.  Credit: Victor O. Leshyk, website: victorleshyk.com Mass extinctions were … - 10.10.2017
  • Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule
    [NEWS] Two of the earth's five mass extinction events - times when more than half of the world's species died - resulted in the survival of a low number of so-called “weedy” species that spread their sameness across the world as the Earth recovered from these dramatic upheavals. The findings could shed light on modern high extinction rates and how biological communities may change in the future. David J. Button, an NC State and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sci… - 10.10.2017