Opalized Bones Alter Australia’s Prehistoric History

Beginning with an excavation in 1984, an opal mine in Lightning Ridge (in rural New South Wales, Australia) suddenly became a hotbed for fossilized—and subsequently opalized—dinosaur bones. While the original team assumed the abnormally large and centralized collection of bones came from one body, researchers are now learning they are bones from multiple dinosaurs and an entirely new species—implying that a herd, which is now …

A Menagerie of 13,000-Year-Old Life

In the low oxygen waters of a deep pit inside a cave known as Hoyo Negro (“Black Hole”), scientists have not only found the 13,000-year-old remains of a female body but also the skeletons of saber-toothed cats, elephant-like animals called gomphotheres, giant sloths, and other wild creatures. The human, referred to as Naia, “is the oldest, most complete human skeleton yet discovered in the Americas,” …

Hubble’s New Galactic Finds

10,000 times more luminous than our Milky Way, a series of the universe’s “brightest infrared galaxies” have been captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Using a natural phenomenon called gravitation lensing, the galactic imagery has been magnified to “reveal a tangled web of misshapen objects punctuated by exotic patterns, such as rings and arcs,” according to NASA. What’s even more curious about the shapes: speculating …