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Ancient agricultural activity caused lasting environmental changes
For 100 million years, amber freezes a tableau of tick's worst day ever
Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century
Scientists discover a new way to find mass extinctions


Ancient agricultural activity caused lasting environmental changes



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:30 PM PDT


Agricultural activity by humans more than 2,000 years ago had a more significant and lasting impact on the environment than previously thought.


For 100 million years, amber freezes a tableau of tick's worst day ever



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:27 PM PDT


This is the first time this kind of interaction between ticks and spiders has been documented in the fossil record. Even though ticks aren't a typical staple of spider diets, spiders can occasionally prey on ticks in modern ecosystems.


Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed.


Scientists discover a new way to find mass extinctions



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:20 AM PDT


During the history of the Earth, there were many mass extinctions, when huge numbers of species died out. They are usually easy to identify because of the sudden extinctions, followed by a gap, and then the recovery of life.
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