Archive for October 20th, 2016:

Cave paintings reveal clues to mystery Ice Age beast

Image copyright RafaƂ Kowalczyk Image caption The European bison (Bison bonasus) can weigh as much as a car Cave art from the Ice Age has helped solve the mysterious origins of Europe’s largest land mammal. The modern European bison, now found only in protected reserves, once roamed widely on the continent. Studies of ancient DNA

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Stone Age people ‘roasted rodents for food’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The vole may have been a food source 5,000 years ago Rodents appear to have been roasted for food by Stone Age people as early as 5,000 years ago, archaeological evidence suggests. Bones from archaeological sites in Orkney show voles were cooked or boiled for food, or possibly for pest

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Fears grow for European Schiaparelli Mars lander

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: Landing on Mars is not easy and requires rapid deceleration There are growing fears a European probe that attempted to land on Mars on Wednesday has been lost. Tracking of the Schiaparelli robot’s radio signals was dropped less than a minute before it was expected to touch down on

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