(Cross-posted at ResearchBlogging.org News.)
- Suminia getmanov: A false primate: Over the past few months, you have probably heard a lot about “Ida”, a magnificently-preserved fossil of a 47-million year old primate. You may not have heard about the fossils of 260-million year old primate-like suminia, which is some 200 million years older than the first primates. A Primate of Modern Aspect discusses what is known about these creatures, and the implications for evolution.
- Cthonian Ftargn!: Over at Supernova Condensate, Invader Xan tells us about the recently proposed and observed class of “hot Jupiter”-like planets, known as “Cthonian planets”.
- Was there a comet impact in AD 536? Maybe: In AD 536, some sort of catastrophic event caused widespread famine and a drop in global temperatures, confirmed by tree ring data and what little historical accounts exist. The most obvious suspect is a massive volcanic eruption, but other evidence suggests that a comet impact may be the culprit. Emma at We are all in the gutter describes the controversy and the evidence on each side.
- Those clever corvids: Confirming my suspicion that birds are planning to take over the world, Mo at Neurophilosophy discusses the astonishing tool use of rooks, a relative of the crow. The videos are not to be missed!