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Rare Fossils: Dead Animals Decay Rapidly

Why do some fossils leave soft tissue remains? It takes guts, some scientists propose.

Coral Islands Rise With Sea Level

Worries about sea-level rise inundating coral atolls and islands are unfounded, thanks to coral's rapid response to change.

News from Eden

Some recent findings fit naturally with a Genesis view of natural history.

Instant Islands and Ecology

A new volcanic island near Japan recalls the rapid colonization of Iceland's Surtsey island in 1963.

Neanderthal News and the Limits of Organic Material Survival

Red blood cells and DNA samples raise questions about the decay time of soft tissue and genetic material.

It's Curtains for Enceladus

The geysers of Saturn's little moon are like sheets instead of jets, spelling trouble for theories of its ancient age and possible life.

Moon, Mercury, and Magnetic Fields

After the crash of MESSENGER, magnetic fields in the solar system have become a key topic for planetary science.

Early Bird Exacerbates Dinosaur Transition

It flew, and looks like a modern shorebird, but it pushes back the evolution of birds from dinosaurs by millions of years. Then there's that unicorn thing.

Platypus Dinosaur: A Vegetarian T. Rex

A new dinosaur from Chile is as unbelievable as the first reported platypus was to English zoologists: a crazy mix of animals.

Improbable Sailors: Do Animals Raft the Oceans?

To keep their phylogenies and dates intact, evolutionists propose ocean voyages by unlikely animals—maybe even all of them.

Geologists Have Underestimated Catastrophes

One Colorado storm in 2013 caused hundreds or thousands of years' worth of mountain erosion. This is causing a rethink on the power of catastrophic events.

"Convergent Evolution" Widespread at All Scales in Ocean

A study of marine tetrapods that "evolved" for ocean life shows "convergent evolution" rampant at all scales over "hundreds of millions of years."

What You're Not Being Told About Earth's Magnetic Field

The simple story for the public: a dynamo creates the earth's magnetic field. The real story: complex scenario needed to start it and keep it running.

Cosmic Ruler Flawed

Type 1a supernovae, vital to estimates of the size and expansion of the universe, are not uniform. This has cosmic implications.

Human Epoch or Epic Hubris?

Evolutionary geologists are toying with an idea for a new time period, the "Anthropocene Epoch." What for?
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