East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers are concerned that the shape of the ground surface beneath the ice sheet could make it even more susceptible to climate-driven collapse.
Source: East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years: Scientists assess ice sheet with potential to raise global sea levels nearly 5 feet — ScienceDaily
A tiny, 555-million-year-old seafloor creature reveals why our bodies are organised the way they are.
Source: Fossil worm shows us our evolutionary beginnings – BBC News
As biodiversity disappears, the risk to human health increases. Experts say we need to protect wild spaces and species to help prevent future outbreaks.
Source: Where Pandemics Come From — and How to Stop Them • The Revelator
Geologists have discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most animals today, including humans. The wormlike creature, Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest bilaterian, or organism with a front and back, two symmetrical sides, and openings at either end connected by a gut. It was found in Ediacaran Period deposits in Australia and was 2-7 millimeters long, with the largest the size of a grain of rice.
Source: Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils: A wormlike creature that lived more than 555 million years ago is the earliest bilaterian — ScienceDaily
We have critiqued the misuse of the term ‘evolution’ for the coronavirus (check the archives here and at redfortyeight.com)/ At best the term microevolution might apply…
Source: COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin — ScienceDaily
Mysterious bone circles made from the remains of dozens of mammoths have revealed clues about how ancient communities survived Europe’s ice age.
Source: Mysterious bone circles made from the remains of mammoths reveal clues about Ice Age — ScienceDaily