Archive for December 9th, 2016:

‘Beautiful’ dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

Image copyright Current Biology Image caption The feathered tail was preserved in amber from north-eastern Myanmar The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The one-of-a-kind discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that

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History of smallpox called into question

Image copyright Kiril Cachovski of the Lithuanian Mummy Project Image caption A child mummy from the 17th century The idea that smallpox is a very ancient human disease has been called into question. Scientists say the deadly pathogen appears to have been around for hundreds rather than thousands of years. Viral DNA from the mummified

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John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At age 77 Glenn became the oldest man to travel to space Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, has died at 95. The ex-Marine and US Senator had been in hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for more than a week and died surrounded by his children

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