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Study reveals Earth days were half an hour shorter, years lasted 372 days 70 million years ago

A study of an ancient fossil mollusk shell from the Late Cretaceous revealed that the Earth had days half an hour shorter 70 million years ago. The planet rotated 372 times per year during that period, compared to the 365 to 366 days in the present. The prehistoric...

March 15, 2020

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Aboriginal myth of volcanic eruption at Budj Bim 37 000 years ago based on real geological event

According to a myth told by the Aborigines of southeastern Australia passed down for generations for 37 000 years now, an ancestral-creator being transformed into a volcano now known as Mount Eccles or the extinct Budj Bim. New scientific evidence indicates that...

March 12, 2020

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Researchers find more evidence of catastrophic cosmic impact 12 800 years ago

A group of researchers discovered more evidence of a catastrophic cosmic impact around 12 800 years ago that possibly caused the total destruction of Abu Hureyra in Syria. The site is believed to be one of the first towns on Earth where hunter-gatherers and nomads...

March 09, 2020

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Research voyage reveals formation of Earth's hidden continent Zealandia

Newly published evidence reveals that Earth's hidden continent Zealandia-- which stretches across 5 million km2 (2 million mi2) beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean-- was shaped by two tectonic events. First, it was ripped away from Australia and Antarctica and...

February 18, 2020

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Researchers discover crater from largest known asteroid to ever hit Earth

A newly published research suggests the crater left behind by the biggest asteroid to ever hit Earth has been found. Traces of the gigantic impact of the meteorite, which crashed on the planet approximately 790 000 years ago, have been observed across around 20% of...

January 08, 2020

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Ancient tree rings reveal past megadroughts hit North and South America simultaneously

Scientists have suspected for many years that decades-long droughts occurred in North and South America simultaneously during the Middle Ages. By studying ancient tree rings, pieces of evidence have been discovered that tandem droughts are common over the past 1 200...

January 04, 2020

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Study suggests current loss of species should be called the 'seventh extinction'

The biodiversity crisis we experience today-- defined by the rapid loss of species and rapid degradation of ecosystems-- is believed to be the sixth mass extinction. However, some scientists say it should perhaps be called seventh, suggesting the inclusion of the...

December 23, 2019

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Undersea volcanism as the cause of 'year of darkness' and upheaval period from 536 - 555 A.D.

Researchers presented underwater volcanism as a new interpretation of why the sky mysteriously went dark for over a year beginning 536 A.D., with some parts of Europe and Asia seeing the Sun for only about four hours a day and accounts saying the Sun gave no more...

December 19, 2019

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Ev Cochrane: Did ancient man see a different Sun?

The parent star of planet Earth holds a strange and special place in countless ancient traditions around the world. The celestial body identified as the Sun in myth, religion, ancient astronomies and rock art routinely bares no resemblance at all to our familiar...

November 03, 2019

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Powerful winter dust storms may have triggered Akkadian empire downfall

A recently published study suggests that strong winter dust storms may have caused the Akkadian empire to collapse. The research said fossil coral records from Oman provided new evidence that frequent dust storms and prolonged winter season contributed to the...

October 27, 2019

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Massive solar storms 2 700 years ago recorded in ancient Assyrian cuneiform tablets

Rare solar events, including at least three massive solar storms, have been found in ancient Assyrian cuneiform tablets. The storms correspond to tree ring information, showing that the events occurred around 660 BC. The research was published on October 7, 2019....

October 21, 2019

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Ancient Aztec records uncover hidden earthquake threats

Scientific observations of Aztec historical accounts suggest that up to 40% of the population in Mexico resides along a zone that is more seismically active than expected, according to the Anales de Tlatelolco (Annals of Tlatelolco). The report was published by the...

October 16, 2019

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New evidence supports giant asteroid impact 12 800 years ago

A research team from South Africa has discovered new evidence that suggests Earth was struck by an asteroid or meteorite 12 800 years ago. The event resulted in global consequences and the extinction of many species at the period of an episode called Younger Dryas....

October 13, 2019

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Old World megadroughts and pluvials

Researchers have developed the "Old World Drought Atlas" (OWDA), an atlas that used tree rings to map the climate history of Europe during the Common Era. The OWDA matches historical accounts of severe drought and wetness with a spatial completeness not...

September 20, 2019

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Scientists trace source of massive Iron age volcanic eruption that triggered global cooling

Scientists have discovered that Lake Ilopango, the caldera of Ilopango volcanic complex, El Salvador was the source of the strongest volcanic eruption in the last 7 000 years that resulted in global cooling, affecting crops worldwide. According to National...

September 04, 2019

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Scientists find largest meteorite impact crater in the British Isles

Researchers have located the epicenter of an ancient meteorite impact along the Scottish coast, the largest impact in the British Isles. In a paper published in Journal of the Geological Society, a team led by Dr. Ken Amor from the Department of Earth Sciences at...

June 11, 2019

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Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

Researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on October 30, 1207 BC could have consequences for the chronology of the ancient world. Using a combination of the biblical text and an ancient...

October 31, 2017