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Animals & Plants

World’s oldest fossil plants could rewrite life's early history

Scientists have discovered the fossilised remains of 1.6 billion year-old red algae from India. Advanced multicellular life began much earlier that previously thought and the timing of the tree of life should be revised, they say.

Meet ‘Mojn’, the ten million-year-old Danish whale

Scientists publish first scientific description of a ten-million-year-old fossil of a beaked whale discovered in Denmark.

Elephant seals help scientists study climate change

Data collected by elephant seals reveal key chemical changes in the sea around Antarctica that drive ocean circulation and climate.

World’s oldest vertebrate discovered in Greenland

GREENLAND: The discovery of a 512-year-old Greenland Shark shows how little we still know about the ocean, say scientists.

The survival of species suddenly looks better

Findings on the Norway spruce show how plants and animals can adapt better to climate change than previously envisaged.

The plant that went to sea

A long, long time ago one of the planet’s flowering plants did the equivalent of a 180 degree about-face, heading back to sea. Now it will never return to land.

Beautiful “flowers” are hiding inside artificial cell membranes

Scientists work with artificial cell membranes all the time, but even though they are so common, they still contain many secrets.