natural history

Leaves May Have Helped Apes Evolve An Upright Stature

Posted in Featured, Science on 15th Apr, 2023
by Alex Muller

If an ape's back is horizontal, the hands and feet are typically underneath the body, which makes it harder to move outward to the smaller branches of the tree.

Evidence Suggests Giant Asteroid Impacts Created Earth's Continents

Posted in Science on 26th Aug, 2022
by Alex Muller

Researchers looked at zircon grains from one of the oldest surviving pieces of continental crust in the world, the Pilbara Craton in Western Australia, which started forming more than three billion years ago.

Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2018
by Alex Muller

A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought.

'Tree of life' for 2.3 million species released

Posted in Featured, Science on 23rd Sep, 2015
by Alex Muller

A collaborative effort among eleven institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time.

World's Oldest Broken Bone Pushes Back Our Transition to Land by Two Million Years

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2015
by Alex Muller

Researchers analyzing the worlds oldest broken bone have discovered that a 333M year old critter spent most of its life on land.