Substantial carbon dioxide emissions from northern peatlands drained for crop cultivation

A new study shows that substantial amounts of carbon dioxide were released during the last millennium because of crop cultivation on peatlands in the...

Infertility poses ‘major threat’ to biodiversity during climate change, study warns

A new study by University of Liverpool ecologists warns that heat-induced male infertility will see some species succumb to the effects of climate change...

Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it stored in 2010s

The Brazilian Amazon rainforest released more carbon than it stored over the last decade – with degradation a bigger cause than deforestation – according...

Study reveals extent of human impact on the world’s plant-life

Research has shed new light on the impact of humans on Earth’s biodiversity. The findings suggest that the rate of change in an ecosystem’s...

‘Campfires’ offer clue to solar heating mystery

Miniature solar flares nicknamed “campfires”, recently discovered near the surface of the Sun, are about 1,000 to 5,000 km tall and between 1-1.5 million...

Cancer rates in medieval Britain were around ten times higher than previously thought, study...

The first study to use x-rays and CT scans to detect evidence of cancer among the skeletal remains of a pre-industrial population suggests that...

A billion year old fossil, which provides a new link in the evolution of...

A billion year old fossil, which provides a new link in the evolution of animals, has been discovered in the Scottish Highlands. A team of...

Study finds rapid evolution in foxgloves pollinated by hummingbirds

Common foxgloves taken to the Americas 200 years ago have evolved to change flower length in the presence of a new pollinator group, hummingbirds. Researchers...

New Jurassic flying reptile reveals the oldest opposed thumb

A new 160-million-year-old arboreal pterosaur species, dubbed ‘Monkeydactyl’, has the oldest true opposed thumb - a novel structure previously not known in pterosaurs. An international...

Unusual fossil reveals last meal of prehistoric pollinator

The animal’s remains were unearthed by researchers at the University of Bristol and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy...