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March 27, 2023
Earth’s continental crust may have begun forming hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought, Yale scientists say — and the reason will be obvious to anyone...
Ooid shoals on the Great Bahama Bank (photo credit: Lidya Tarhan)
February 23, 2023
The rise of marine animals hundreds of millions of years ago had far-reaching implications for the eventual diversity of life on Earth. It also permanently changed the way...
February 15, 2023
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation congratulates the winners of the 2023 Sloan Research Fellowships. These 125 early-career scholars represent the most promising scientific...
Volcanic eruption of Mount Fagradalsfjall in Iceland, September 2021. (© stock.adobe.com)
January 17, 2023
Yale researchers have a new theory to explain some of the geochemistry of “hotspots” — magma plumes from deep in the Earth that erupt at the surface. Hawaii and Iceland are...
January 11, 2023
In the 1990s, Ellen Thomas and James Zachos uncovered an anomalous episode in the planet’s history in which massive quantities of CO2 and methane were released into the...
NASA James Webb Space Telescope
December 5, 2022
Editor’s Note: This post highlights data from Webb science in progress, which has not yet been through the peer-review process. On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 5, an...
A modern iguana, left, and two blocks (right) containing the holotype of Microteras borealis. The holotype consists of a portion of the snout (top) and the braincase (bottom). Although not an iguanan, Microteras borealis is one of the oldest examples of the crown lizard group that includes all living lizards. (Courtesy of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)
December 2, 2022
Yale researchers have identified the oldest-known, definitive members of the lizard crown group that includes all living lizards and their closest extinct relatives. The two...