Archive for the ‘Geology and Paleontology’ Category

Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million years ago, new evidence shows

The Great Permian Extinction, which occurred approximately 250 million years ago, was caused by massive volcanic eruptions that led to significant environmental changes, new evidence shows.

How Dinosaurs Swapped Terrifying Teeth for Bird Beaks

A look at the dinosaur species that began the transition from teeth to the beaks we see in birds today.

Diamonds show Earth still capable of ‘superhot’ surprises

Diamonds may be ‘forever’ but some may have formed more recently than geologists thought. A study of 26 diamonds, formed under extreme melting conditions in the Earth’s mantle, found two populations, one of which has geologically ‘young’ ages…

Changes in Earth’s crust caused oxygen to fill the atmosphere

New research has uncovered a direct link between changes in the earth’s crust three billion years ago and the introduction of free oxygen to the atmosphere. Without these changes, oxygen could have been suppressed in earth’s crust forever, so the findi…

Electric avenue

Where to with electric vehicles? Christchurch is introducing a fleet of electric cars, for business and public use. That’s adding about 100 new electric vehicles (“EV”) cars to the existing 3,000 in NZ. That’s less than 0.1% of the

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