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Was Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame, murdered?

The family of Meriwether Lewis, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition, announced this morning that they are once again seeking permission to exhume his bones from federal land and determine whether he committed suicide or was murdered...

July 8, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

New dino species discovered in the land Down Under

Paleontologists have dug up not one but three new dinosaur species in Australia, a continent that has turned up few large fossil finds. The mid-Cretaceous giants include two massive plant-eating titanosaurs— Witonotitan wattsi and Diamantinasaurus matildae —and a fearsome carnivorous theropod— Australovenator wintonesis —reported in a PLoS ONE study last week...

July 6, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Duckbilled dinosaurs dined with an unusual bite

Duckbilled dinosaurs—hadrosaurs, the most common plant-eaters of their time—chewed their food differently from any animal alive today.

Using an electron scanning microscope, researchers were able to examine minute scratches on individual dino teeth made by daily wear and tear 65 million to 68 million years ago to test competing theories about how the creatures may have munched...

June 29, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Ancient Granary Predates Agriculture

In a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers announced the discovery of a granary for storing wild barley and oats, which was built well before the advent of agriculture...

June 25, 2009

Silos of the past: New find reveals ancient food storage structures

Archeologists have uncovered surprisingly sophisticated grain storage that predates plant domestication.

An excavation site near the Dead Sea in Jordan has revealed an 11,000-year-old granary, which even had elevated floors to prevent rodent pilfering and to increase air circulation...

June 24, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Europe nixes controversial Turkish dam once again

Germany, Austria and Switzerland are expected to withdraw financial support for Turkey's controversial Ilisu Dam. The two billion euro ($2.8 billion) dam threatened to flood Kurdish settlements and ancient archaeological sites, while starving Iraq and its endangered marshes of water...

June 23, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Second suicide in Indian artifact theft case

Last Friday, a second alleged Indian artifact thief turned up dead in an apparent suicide. Steven L. Shrader, 56, appeared to have shot himself twice in the chest behind an elementary school in Shabbona, Ill., where he had gone to visit his mother...

June 22, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Were dinosaurs lightweights?

The dinosaurs that roamed Earth millions of years ago might not have been nearly as massive as we’ve long imagined, says a paper published today in the Zoological Society of London's Journal of Zoology ...

June 21, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
Space Geology: From the Moon to Mars

Space Geology: From the Moon to Mars

The only scientist and field geologist ever to visit the moon offers some pointers to those who will one day visit Mars

June 15, 2009 — Harrison H. Schmitt
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