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Amazon 'river monster' turns up dead in Florida

Amazon 'river monster' turns up dead in Florida

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The rotting body of a dead Amazon "river monster" recently washed ashore in Florida, raising concerns about whether this gigantic predatory fish has joined the Sunshine State's ever-growing list of invasive species, according to news sources.But although it might thrive in Florida's warm waters, this fish, known as the arapaima (Arapaima gigas) — a sizable creature that can grow to be 10 feet (3 meters) long and up to 440 lbs. (200 kilograms), according to a 2019 study...

Mar 23
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Astrophysicists create the most accurate 'flat map' of Earth ever

Astrophysicists create the most accurate 'flat map' of Earth ever

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Earth is a sphere, so how can it be accurately portrayed on a 2D map? Simply flatten into two pancakes, one depicting the Northern Hemisphere and the other the Southern, with the equator running around the edge, a new study finds.These two "pancakes" represent the most accurate flat map of Earth ever made, the study researchers said. Unlike other flat maps, the new circular map doesn't downsize or supersize the area of certain oceans or landmasses — for instance, many...

Feb 25
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1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says

1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.This drawing shows how the dinosaur Psittacosaurus may have used its cloacal vent (aka butthole) for signaling during courtship.(Image: © Bob Nicholls/Paleocreations.com 2020)The first dinosaur butthole ever discovered is shedding light where the sun don't shine. The discovery reveals how used this multipurpose opening — scientifically known as a cloacal vent — for pooping, peeing, breeding and egg laying. The dinosaur's derrière is so well preserved, researchers could...

Jan 19
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Woman's garden 'stepping stone' turns out to be an ancient Roman artifact

Woman's garden 'stepping stone' turns out to be an ancient Roman artifact

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The Roman engraving likely dates to the second century A.D.(Image: © Woolley and Wallis)A seemingly dull marble slab, used for 10 years as a stepping stone in an English garden, is actually a rare ancient Roman engraving, a new analysis finds. The discovery surprised its owner, who learned that the 25-inch-long (63 centimeters) slab — a stone she had previously used as a stair while mounting her — dated to the second century A.D. and was worth about $20,400...

Jan 5
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Yellowstone's reawakened geyser won't spark a volcanic 'big one'

Yellowstone's reawakened geyser won't spark a volcanic 'big one'

A geyser hiding under Yellowstone National Park recently reawakened. But don't worry: That doesn't mean the supervolcano beneath the park will erupt soon, a new study finds. In March 2018, following a 3.5-year-long nap, Steamboat Geyser suddenly erupted, spewing steam, mud, sand and rocks into the air. The previously dormant geyser erupted 32 times in 2018, a record-breaking 48 times in 2019 and another 48 times in 2020 (its previous record of 29 eruptions was set in 1964), the U.S. Geological Survey reported Monday (Jan. 4). Some scientists feared that the geyser's dramatic outbursts...

Jan 5
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3,800-year-old baby in a jar unearthed in Israel

3,800-year-old baby in a jar unearthed in Israel

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Archaeologists found an infant jar burial about 10 feet (3 meters) under street level in Jaffa, which dated to the middle Bronze Age II.(Image: © Yoav Arbel/Israel Antiquities Authority)Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed a 3,800-year-old jar that contains something surprising — the skeleton of a baby.Though such infant burials are not so uncommon, it's a mystery why the infants were buried in this way, said Yoav Arbel, an Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist...

Dec 21
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Pinwheel Cave rock art in California may depict hallucinogenic 'trance flower' | Live Science

Pinwheel Cave rock art in California may depict hallucinogenic 'trance flower' | Live Science

XWe need your consentWe and our partners use technology such as cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology across the web. Go to our for more information on how we use cookies. You can change your mind and change your consent choices at any time by returning to this site.AcceptRejectLive Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Just before going into a hallucinogenic trance, Indigenous Californians...

Nov 23
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Dino-era bird had the head of a Velociraptor and beak of a toucan

Dino-era bird had the head of a Velociraptor and beak of a toucan

TrendingLive Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.An illustration shows the late Cretaceous bird Falcatakely forsterae flying in ancient Madagascar not too far from sauropod dinosaurs.(Image: © Mark Witton)In what may be one of the weirdest animal mash-ups, scientists have found the 68 million-year-old fossilized skull of an early bird with a -like face and a toucan-like beak, a new study finds. This crow-size bird lived in northwestern Madagascar during the , when walked the Earth. And its bizarre beaky face...

Nov 25
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31,000-Year-Old Grave Reveals Oldest Known Baby Twin Burial in The World

31,000-Year-Old Grave Reveals Oldest Known Baby Twin Burial in The World

An ancient grave in Austria may represent the oldest burial of twins on record, a new study finds.The 31,000-year-old burial dates to the Upper Paleolithic (a period lasting from 40,000 to 10,000 years ago), also known as the Old Stone Age. One of the infants died shortly after birth, while his twin brother lived for about 50 days, or just over 7 weeks, according to analyses of both babies. A third infant, a 3-month-old, interred in a burial about 5 feet (1.5 meters) away is likely their cousin, according to the research, published online on 6 November in the journal .Researchers found the...

Nov 13
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RV-size asteroid to get closer to Earth than the moon

RV-size asteroid to get closer to Earth than the moon

TrendingLive Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.(Image: © Shutterstock)An will get awfully close to this Thursday (Sept. 24), when it whizzes by our planet closer than the moon orbits.The asteroid — known as 2020 SW — isn't expected to collide with Earth, (CNEOS) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. But it will get close, passing about 16,700 miles (27,000 kilometers) away from Earth, .To put this in perspective, the moon hangs out at an average of (384,000 km) from us, or about 30...

Sep 22
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