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Monster Sharks: Four Fierce Giants That Rival Greenland's Ancient Beast

Sharks have been making headlines recently after a 2016 report of a Greenland shark that was around 512 years old resurfaced this week. In November, a dinosaur-era frilled shark was on our minds. The ocean’s deadliest sharp-toothed predator are both loved and feared. They are also an incredibly diverse and successful group, appearing in the fossil records millions of years before dinosaurs and even insects. Here are just a few of the most terrifying examples of sharks from across time. Only the jaws of megalodon fossilized, but put to the…

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Russia: Man Caught With 30 Million-Year-Old Shark Teeth in His Luggage

Russian authorities have seized what they believe to be fossilized remains of a prehistoric shark from a smuggler headed for the Chinese border, customs services said. The customs service announced  that a search in the luggage of a Chinese citizen who attempted to cross the border into his homeland turned up the artifacts, which he failed to declare. After sending the objects for expert analysis at the local museum, customs authorities determined that the items were Russian historic property and confiscated them. A university in Russia’s Primorye region later released a statement saying the…

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Giant, human-size penguins once roamed Earth, researchers say

Giant, human-size penguins once roamed Earth, researchers say More Giant penguins, standing over 5 feet tall and weighing more than 220 pounds, may have roamed Earth some 60 million years ago, according to new research. Scientists on Tuesday said they discovered fossils of an ancient penguin that may have stood 5 foot 7 — nearly the height of the average American male — and weighed about 225 pounds, according to a Nature Communications research report. The monster flightless bird, called the Kumimanu biceae, is believed to have swum off the…

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This is the oldest fossil of a plesiosaur from the dinosaur era

The skeleton of RhaeticosaurusGeorg Oleschinski By Michael Le Page The long-necked marine reptiles known as plesiosaurs are one of the icons of the dinosaur age. But all the fossil skeletons found so far come from the Jurassic period. Now we’ve found a nearly complete fossil from the earlier Triassic period. It is the oldest plesiosaur ever found. The fossil shows that, as predicted, plesiosaurs evolved in the late Triassic and survived the mass extinction that ushered in the Jurassic era 200 million years ago. All other marine reptiles, apart from…

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Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

French President Emmanuel Macron told delegates at a finance-themed climate summit in Paris “we are not moving fast enough” (AFP Photo/Philippe Wojazer) Paris (AFP) – Major investors vowed Tuesday to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate “doom”. Two years to the day since 195 nations sealed the Paris Agreement to avert worst-case climate change, banks and companies announced billions of dollars of intended divestments from coal, oil and natural gas at a finance-themed climate…

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Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin

NEW YORK (AP) — Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney Crosby. It measured nearly 5 feet, 10 inches (1.77 meters) long when swimming and weighed in at 223 pounds (101 kilograms). If the penguin and the Penguin faced off on the ice, however, things would look different….

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Youth climate trial reaches federal appeals court, as judges signal it's going to trial

A landmark case involving a group of 21 young Americans who are suing the federal government for its failure to protect them from the adverse consequences of climate change is inching closer to a trial date.  The case, known as Juliana v. United States, was  scheduled to go to trial in Oregon beginning on Feb. 5. That court date has been postponed due to a rare request from the federal government to have an Appeals Court step in and halt the proceedings. On Monday, a panel of judges from the…

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Google reveals Android Wear watches to get 8.0 Oreo update

Google has revealed which Android Wear watches will be upgraded to the latest operating system, dubbed Oreo. Google has been relatively quiet about its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, over the last few months. In fact, the wearable software didn’t feature in its annual developer conference, Google I/O, earlier this summer. However the California-based technology company has now published a list of devices that will be updated to Android Wear 8.0 Oreo. As it stands, only five smartwatches are running the new version of the operating system. These are the…

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Faltering carbon capture needs more investment not doubt

Boundary Dam Power Station runs a world-leading carbon capture projectDesign Pics Inc/REX/Shutterstock By Olive Heffernan It’s been hailed as a game-changer, a get-out-of-jail-free card that would allow us to burn fossil fuels without precipitating dangerous climate change. But the potential for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to clean up coal – the cheapest and dirtiest fossil fuel – is now in doubt. In recent weeks, it has become clear that a world-leading CCS project in Saskatchewan, Canada is struggling. The country’s largest coal-fired power plant, Boundary Dam, was retrofitted in…

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Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend? | Peter Kalmus

Around 25,000 of my colleagues flew to a conference, leaving a colossal carbon footprint in their wake. This makes our warnings less credible to the public ‘Most scientists burn more than the average American, simply because they fly more.’ Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images More This weekend, 25,000 Earth, Sun, and planetary scientists from across the US and abroad flew to New Orleans for the annual American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. These scientists study the impact global warming is having on Earth. Unfortunately, their air travel to and from the meeting will…

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