Mammals almost wiped out with the dinosaurs
The Milner Centre for Evolution, which focuses on studying some of the fundamental evolutionary questions of biology, looked back over the severity of the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago event and how quickly the mammals recovered. The extinction rates were much higher and more severe than previously believed. New research estimates that 93 percent of mammals living at the time also went extinct, a number significantly higher than previously thought. Dr
NASA discovers a small new asteroid dancing around Earth
NASA announced yesterday that a small asteroid (40-100m diameter) has been discovered in an orbit around our Sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, just a few lunar distances away. And it’ll stay that way for centuries to come. From the NASA announcement: As it orbits the sun, this new asteroid, designated 2016 HO3, appears to circle around Earth as well. It is too distant to be considered a true satellite of
King Tut’s Blade Made of Meteorite
King Tut was buried with a dagger made of an iron that literally came from space, says a new study into the composition of the iron blade from the sarcophagus of the boy king. Using non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, a team of Italian and Egyptian researchers confirmed that the iron of the dagger placed on the right thigh of King Tut’s mummified body a has meteoric origin. The team, which include researchers from Milan
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