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Earth’s magnetic fields headed towards switch: Rare event believed to have caused extinction of Neanderthal species

By Andre Mitchell | November 8, 2015 Do not be surprised if one day, compasses will point to the south by default instead of the north. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed that the Earth’s magnetic fields are headed towards a complete reversal—a rare event believed to have once caused the wiping out of the Neanderthal species. Principal investigator Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado made this announcement recently while discussing how NASA …

Big animals’ extinction forever alters environment, study shows

By Peter Fimrite | Ocober 27, 2015 Extinctions of large animals — a fate that could soon befallelephants and rhinoceroses — have a cascade effect on local ecosystems, including Northern California, where many smaller animals and plants died off after mammoths were wiped out, a team of scientists has discovered. The size of elephants, wildebeests and other big plant-eaters makes them not only impressive and fascinating but also vital to the many species that live with and depend on …

Strange New Bat Species Found in Museum Pickle Jar

By Douglas Main | Octobe 31, 2015 In 1983, researcher Charles Francis collected a bat in northeastern Borneo that was brought to London’s Natural History Museum. There, it sat in a pickle jar full of alcohol for three decades. Within the last two years, scientists happened upon it and examined the specimen. After careful work, they determined it represented a new species that hadn’t been described before, and they dubbed it Francis’ woolly horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus francisi), after …

Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived 

By Colin Barras | October 29, 2015 The diminutive human hobbits of Flores had a basement. And early signs hint at the tantalising possibility of more Homo floresiensis bones in this newly discovered chamber. H. floresiensis became a worldwide sensation when it was unveiled a decade ago. The fragile remains in a cave on Flores island in Indonesia told the remarkable story of a tiny species of early human, standing about 1 metre tall. What’s more, it lived as recently as 18,000 years ago – …

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