Revenge served cold: Was Scott of the Antarctic sabotaged by his angry deputy?

On February 11, 1913, the world woke to the headline “Death of Captain Scott. Lost with four comrades. The Pole reached.…


Waste not, want not: A Chicago sustainability story

The story of Chicago’s development is inextricably linked to its relationship with the natural environment, beginning 16,000 years ago when an enormous glacier sat on (and flattened) the land. Ever since, urban planners and policymakers have grappled with how to manage a city built on flat, swampy land, and what to do with the animal and human waste that accumulates in urban environments.


Toxic splash: Russian rocket stages dropped in Arctic waters raise health, environmental and legal concerns

Looking skyward at midday on 16 February 2016, a US serviceman at Thule Airbase in northwest Greenland shot a brief amateur video.…


Conservation implications for the Himalayan wolf Canis (lupus) himalayensis

Himalayan wolves form an evolutionary distinct wolf unique to the high altitude ecosystems of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. These wolves face many threats from illegal poaching due to depredation and traditional uses of body parts to habitat encroachment by livestock and associated decreasing wild prey populations.…


Did Ice Age Cause Mastodon Extinction? New Research Suggest Several Causes « Central Washington University

About 10,000 years ago, in the last moments of the Pleistocene epoch, an extinction of large mammals, or megafauna, occurred. These included the woolly mammoths, mastodons, saber-tooth tigers, giant ground sloths, and enormous woolly bears, all North American inhabitants of the last major ice age.…


Evolutionary trees and the fossil record: new approaches to phylogenetic paleobiology

A new special issue from the Journal of Paleontology, brings together a collection of 17 papers focused on different aspects of echinoderm paleobiology. Author David F. Wright discusses his article 'Bayesian estimation of fossil phylogenies and the evolution of early to middle Paleozoic crinoids (Echinodermata)'.


‘Lost city’ used 500 years of soil erosion to benefit crop farming

Researchers at the University of York working on a 700-year old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefitted farming practices for some 500 years. The study, published in Quaternary Research, shows that historical practices of capturing soils that were eroded from the hillside could be valuable to modern day farming techniques.


Progress in Echinoderm Paleobiology: A New Special Issue of the Journal of Paleontology

A new special issue of the Journal of Paleontology, published on 12th June 2017, brings together a collection of 17 papers focused on different aspects of echinoderm paleobiology.


World’s biggest shark goes to school, thanks to 3D printing

University of Florida researchers are taking down the Plexiglas walls between museum collections and K-12 classrooms with an educational program that uses 3-D printed fossils and hands-on lessons to spark young learners’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The researchers published an assessment of their pilot lesson plan in “Paleontological Society Special Publications” The study '3-D Fossils for K-12 Education: A Case Example Using the Giant Extinct Sharkcarcharocles Megalodon'


Introducing Peter Clift, the new Editor-in-Chief of Geological Magazine

Geological Magazine is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Peter Clift as the new Editor-in-Chief. Find out more about Peter and his plans for the journal in this introductory interview.


Solving the mystery of Antarctica’s ‘Blood Falls’

A study published in the Journal of Glaciology has solved a 100 year-old mystery involving a waterfall in Antarctica known as Blood Falls. New evidence links Blood Falls, a red waterfall in Antarctica, to a large source of salty water that may have been trapped underneath Taylor Glacier for more than a million years.


Climate change and risks to fossil fuel industry: sustainability train has left the station

Two seminal articles by energy experts in the latest issue of MRS Energy and Sustainability (MRS E&S) examine the climate-related risks facing the fossil fuel industry and conclude that the sustainability train has already well and truly left the station – and is not coming back.