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Oldest Fungus Fossils May Rewrite Our View of How Life Made the Leap to Land

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The find pushes the oldest direct evidence for fossils of fungus back more than 500 million years.

Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

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Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.

The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

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Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.

This Seawater Is 20,000 Years Old, and Has Remained Untouched Since the Last Ice Age

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Researchers have discovered the first-ever water sample dating to the end of Earth's last ice age, 20,000 years ago.

Trilobites: Peering Beneath a Source of El Capitan’s Deadly Rockfalls

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Thermal imaging reveals surprisingly little “glue” between the famous rock’s face and sheets that are peeling off it.

Matter: A Billion-Year-Old Fungus May Hold Clues to Life’s Arrival on Land

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A cache of microscopic fossils from the Arctic hints that fungi evolved long before plants.

Trilobites: Seeing Red in the Fossil Record

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A discovery in a fossilized mouse could help scientists work out the true colors of dinosaurs and other creatures from prehistory.

‘Neural Lander’ uses AI to land drones smoothly

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Landing multi-rotor drones smoothly is difficult. Complex turbulence is created by the airflow from each rotor bouncing off the ground as the ground grows ever closer during a descent. This...

How the microscope became a million dollar idea

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The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the microscope became a million dollar idea.

Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

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The much-maligned bedbug has been around for 115 million years - since dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

Mars: The box seeking to answer the biggest question

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Europe prepares to send technology to Mars to look for evidence that there is life on the planet.

'Unique' Iron Age shield discovered in Leicestershire

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The British Museum, which will store the shield, described it as a "absolutely phenomenal object".

Climate change: Answers to your most asked questions

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You sent us thousands of questions about climate change. Here are some answers to the most common.

Everest: Three more die amid overcrowding near summit

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Seven have died climbing the world's highest peak in a week - more than for the whole of last year.

New research shows that mites and ticks are close relatives

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Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum in London have reconstructed the evolutionary history of the chelicerates

New species of pterosaur discovered in Patagonia

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This is a paleoartist's reconstruction of a ptesosaur. Scientists today announced the discovery of a new species of pterosaur from the Patagonia region of South America. The cranial remains...

Bat-winged dinosaur was intriguing detour in evolution of flight

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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...

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

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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...

Jawbone found in a Tibetan cave expands the known territory of ancient Denisovans

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Nearly 40 years after it was found by a monk in a Chinese cave, a fossilized chunk of jawbone has been revealed as coming from a mysterious relative of the...

Nature is in the worst shape in human history, U.N. report says

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Nature is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. It's all...

Meet the T. rex cousin that you could look down on

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History's most frightening dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex, came from a long line of pipsqueaks. Scientists have identified a new cousin of the T. rex that reached only the 3-foot height...

Nima Samimi, aka Muhammad Seven, receives master’s in Middle Eastern Studies

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Nima Samimi knew early on that everything’s in a name — except identity. Growing up, the first-generation Iranian immigrant...

Harvard’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to explore Egypt — without leaving the country

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Four thousand years ago, a member of Egypt’s elite was buried on the Giza Plateau in an elaborate stone tomb, complete with several rooms and underground chambers. Then, in 1912, a team...

Harvard grad hopes to build bridges between museums and communities

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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.  Brittany N. Ellis ’19 can remember the moment she began loving museums. “I was in ninth grade, and...

Jane Pickering named director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum

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Jane Pickering has been named the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Claudine Gay...

Harvard researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

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About 400 million years ago, vertebrates first began to crawl from the primordial seas onto land. Last week, thanks to a cutting-edge mathematical-analysis technique, a global research team uncovered how a crucial stage...

Talking to the new director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum

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When Jane Pickering assumes her new role as William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology July 1, she will have an eye on both the...

Egyptian village revives Papyrus as tourism returns

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Residents of El-Karamous in the Nile Delta have revived the ancient art of papermaking.