Online fossil hunters to help comb Kenyan desert

Members of the public are being invited to help hunt for fossils in the Kenyan desert, in an online citizen science initiative called Fossilfinder. Volunteers will sift one million images from the arid Turkana Basin, a key area for fossils of early human ancestors. These photos were taken by archaeologists using a special aerial camera…

Human body’s four stages of evolution

Research into 430,000-year-old fossils collected in northern Spain found that the evolution of the human body’s size and shape has gone through four main stages, according to a paper published this week.A large international research team including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam studied the body size and shape in the human fossil collection from the…

Volcanic activity convicted in Permian extinction

The biggest catastrophe in the history of life on Earth resulted from one of the most titanic volcanic outpourings on record, new research concludes.At the close of the Permian period around 252 million years ago, more than 90 percent of all marine species and roughly 75 percent of all land species vanished. New high-precision analysis…