Friday Headlines: January 15, 2016

Friday Headlines, January 15, 2016

THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES

 

Today’s round-up:

Capturing the K-T Extinction

Changing Human History, one Mammoth at a time

 

Behind a Shopping Center in New Jersey, Signs of a Mass Extinction

In a quarry behind a home improvement warehouse there is a fossilferous layer that may have been deposited at the time that the event happened that killed off the dinosaurs. There aren’t any dinosaurs in this deposit, however. This layer represents an ocean environment – which is good because fossils tend to be more abundant in such an environment.

The quarry in which the important fossil layer is exposed is now being purchased by Rowan University for preservation and continued research. That’s pretty awesome, if you ask me.

 

A Mysterious Mammoth Carcass Could Change Human History

A mammoth fossil was found in a remote part of Siberia, called the Yenisei Bay. This mammoth died by human hands about 45,000 years ago. And that’s a problem, because humans weren’t supposed to be anywhere near Yenisei Bay at that time.

Yeniseirivermap.png
Yeniseirivermap” by Kmusser – Own work using Digital Chart of the World and GTOPO data.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

This new find means that humans possessed the technology to survive in the harsh northern environments well before Archaeologists have previously thought. The implication is that humans might have migrated into North America much, much earlier than originally thought.

That could change everything.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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