New Species Discovered in China Could Be New Human Species

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homo erectus bones
homo erectus bones (Click here for original source image)

A cranium discovered at the base of a well on a river in northeast China for over 80 years might belong to a previously unknown species of hominid that modern scientists call “Dragon man.” The find is the first addition to the human species’ family tree and represents an anatomically diverse group of archaic humanoids that lived along the coastal margins of Asia and New Zealand. Across the world, paleoartists are putting a new twist on an old motif-the origin of humanity. New fossils and molecular analyses suggest these archaic beings may also have been browsed by sharks. If so, this discovery pushes back the time of human evolution by several tens of thousands of years.

Dr. Mike Wellman of the Natural History Museum in London, UK, and his colleagues announced the discovery in June at the meeting of the American Association for the Study of Cancer. They dated the cranium to about two hundred thousand years ago, and based on its shape and structure, they tentatively concluded it belonged to a species called H. erectus. The discovery was reported in the journal Nature and Scientific Research online, and Wellman is hoping for a firm conclusion by next summer. The scientific research leader, Dr. Robert Sayyard of France’s University Hospital in Caen, thinks there is enough evidence to justify calling the cranium a member of the species H. erectus. Other experts, however, are less confident in declaring it so.

New Found! Giant Rhino Bones Found in China

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giant rhino found in china (Click here for original source image)

It has been recently discovered that a group of fossilized bones was in fact found in China. The discovery was made by paleontologists who were excavating in an area of the Great Wall of China. These prehistoric bones belonged to a group that was previously thought to be different species of animal. They are now known as Pliobacteriumracum. This is an interesting group of fossils that provides insight into prehistoric times.

During prehistoric time, this area was lush and very humid. The climate was very hot and the dinosaurs really enjoyed living in this type of environment. One of the largest dinosaurs ever to live was a theropod that living in the same ecosystem as these prehistoric creatures. Theropods were also very well-known for their great size.

Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting

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Recent research by a prominent UK scientific journal and an independent science news publication has concluded that an iceberg on the Antarctic Peninsula is on the verge of breaking off from the ice shelf that it rests upon. Although scientists have been aware of this possibility for years, no idea has been able to pinpoint the cause. This latest study comes on the heels of a separate study which indicated that the ice shelf was weakening at an even faster rate. If the ice shelves continue to weaken at this rate, it could lead to massive coastal flooding over the coming years.

The findings of both studies come on the same day as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets in June in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss solutions to this worrying problem.

There are two contributing factors to the recent accelerated melt of the ice shelves. One is the overall global warming, which has caused the warming of the ocean currents off the coast of the Antarctic Islands. Another factor is the increased volume of water from melting glaciers into the ocean which is slowly adding to the increased momentum of the ice shelves. If these two factors were not present, it is very unlikely that the ice shelf would be facing a collapse.

A 5th Ocean To World Map Creates An Exciting World View

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A 5th Ocean To World Map Creates An Exciting World View
A 5th Ocean To World Map Creates An Exciting World View (Click here for original source image)

The 5th Ocean Atlas is the official publication of the United States Department of State. The tome includes a history of the development of State Department Geographic Information System, which is in turn the basis for a number of other State Department publications. The publication is comprehensive and covers all aspects of United States Geography. It contains maps of all national boundaries and islands as well as all coastal areas and bodies of water in the US. The volume consists of one volume covering the whole country, another volume concentrating on the States and another volume covering the District of Columbia. Maps of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean are also included.

In general, a coastline is a defined border between two countries. This definition has been expanded since the introduction of the 5th Ocean Atlas since cartographers no longer regard the coastline as bounded by internal or external lines. The Fifth Ocean Atlas treats a coastline as a continuous strip along which international relations can be well understood. A boundary will only be indicated if it can be shown from an aerial perspective. This is especially true with oceanic boundaries.