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Prehistoric settlement in Turkey bears telltale signs of modern woes

1:28am BST

WASHINGTON Overcrowding. Violence. Infectious diseases. Environmental degradation. It may sound like the worst of modern mega-cities.

High times in ancient China revealed in funerary cannabis discovery

13 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500 BC, providing what may be the oldest evidence of smoking cannabis for its mind-altering properties.

T. rex finds a dangerous meal as Smithsonian dinosaur hall reopens

06 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON A dramatic scene from the twilight of the age of dinosaurs - a T. rex feasting upon a horned plant-eater named Triceratops - will greet visitors when an ambitious new fossil hall opens on Saturday at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

Scientists solve the mystery of the dragon with transparent teeth

05 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON Dwelling in the dark ocean depths, the dragonfish is a frightful marvel that would fit nicely into any horror movie, boasting exotic adaptations such as virtually transparent fangs that help it thrive in this extreme environment.

Old mold - Fossil of world's earliest fungus unearthed in Canada

22 May 2019

WASHINGTON Microfossils of a globular spore connected to a T-shaped filament excavated in an Arctic region of northwestern Canada represent the oldest-known fungus, a discovery that sheds light on the origins of an important branch in Earth's tree of life.

Quakes show that moon, gradually shrinking, is tectonically active

14 May 2019

WASHINGTON The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth - not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be - based on a new analysis disclosed on Monday of quakes measured by seismometers in operation on the moon from 1969 and 1977.

Unique genetic adaptation lets deep-sea fish see color in the darkness

10 May 2019

WASHINGTON While people and other vertebrates are color blind in dim light, some deep-sea fish may possess keen color vision to thrive in the near total darkness of their extreme environment thanks to a unique genetic adaptation, scientists said on Thursday.

Bat-winged dinosaur was intriguing detour in evolution of flight

08 May 2019

WASHINGTON A fossil unearthed in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution of flight and the advent of birds, scientists said on Wednesday.

Denisovans, mysterious extinct humans, conquered high altitudes

01 May 2019

WASHINGTON A jawbone found in a cave on the Tibetan Plateau in China is providing surprising insights into Denisovans, the enigmatic extinct cousins to Neanderthals and our own species, including that they were pioneers at enduring high-altitude environments.

Former Senator Lugar, nuclear nonproliferation champion, dies at 87

28 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Centrist Republican Richard Lugar, a soft-spoken foreign policy powerhouse who championed nuclear nonproliferation during 36 years in the U.S. Senate, died on Sunday at age 87.

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