Friday Headlines: February 5, 2016

Friday Headlines, February 5, 2016

THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES

Today’s round-up:

Icebergs on Pluto

Duck-billed Wildebeest

 

Possible icebergs spotted on Pluto

Pluto is a very interesting not-a-Planet. It has glaciers of nitrogen ice. And these nitrogen glaciers carry hills of water ice out into seas of frozen nitrogen.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

New photos released by NASA from the New Horizons probe show chains of water hills being carried by nitrogen glaciers. This is one of many exciting new geological observations made by the New Horizons fly-by of Pluto.

 

Weird Ancient Wildebeest Sported Duck-Billed Dinosaur Nose

It’s not an antelope with a beak, but it is an extinct wildebeest-like animal that had elaborate nasal cavities and crests like those of the duck-billed dinosaur Parasaurolophus. It’s thought that the animal, called Rusingoryx atopocranion, may have used the crest for low-frequency vocalizations to communication with herd members in a way that predatory animals could not easily hear.

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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