October 09, 2013 IRON AND ICE
extra extra newspaperFirst-ever comet material discovered on Earth: scientists
Johannesburg (AFP) Oct 08, 2013 – A comet exploded over modern-day Egypt 28 million years ago, raining down fire and leaving behind a “mysterious” black pebble – the first-ever comet material found on Earth, scientists said Tuesday as they announced the discovery. “Comets always visit our skies – they’re these dirty snowballs of ice mixed with dust – but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on … more

EARLY EARTH
What evolved first — a dexterous hand or an agile foot?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 08, 2013 – Resolving a long-standing mystery in human evolution, new research from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute indicates that early hominids developed finger dexterity and tool use ability before the development of bipedal locomotion. Combining monkey and human behavior, brain imaging, and fossil evidence, a research team led by neurobiologist Dr. Atsushi Iriki and including Dr. Gen Suwa, an an … more

EARLY EARTH
Early mammal varieties declined as evolution of flowering plants took off
Bloomington IN (SPX) Oct 08, 2013 – The dramatic explosion of flowering plant species that occurred about 100 million years ago was thought to have been good news for evolving mammals, providing them with new options for food and habitat. But research by geologists at Indiana University Bloomington suggests that wasn’t necessarily the case. In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, David Grossni … more