The Weekly Round Up: June 4-10

Hi again.  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but now that I’ve got internet, I’m back here on a Saturday to bother you with all of the environmental news I found interesting this week.  There was a lot that went on this week, what with it being World Environment Day on Monday, Canadian Environment Week, and World Oceans Day on Thursday.  Outside of all of that, there were ancient birds, Macron trolling Trump, and whales in NYC.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

New Evidence Of Oldest Human Ancestor Discovered

While the world is being slowly lowered into a vat of boiling acid, people are still doing some incredible work in this world. An article in Nature recently reported the discovery of a microscopic fossil which is no deemed as the oldest human ancestor. The creature named, Saccorhytus coronarius, would have only been a millimeter in length and lived 540-million years ago. 

While it doesn’t look much like a human, the researchers claim this fossil to be the most primitive example of the group of animals knows as deuterostomes, which are common ancestors of vertebrates. That’s right, you’re looking at family there!  Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 13-19

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up, where we’ve decided to adopt the new headlines format (Yaaaaay!).  You’ve all spoken over the last few weeks, so it’s been decided that sharing the headlines of the articles that caught our attention over the week, is the best way to go.  This week had a lot of stuff.  Unfortunately, it’s mostly just people complaining about what a Trump presidency will mean for the environment (it’s bad) and how he’s going to put the worst people in charge of running environmental policies (not a surprise at all).  So we’re not including any of that.  We’ve talked about it before, the internet won’t stop talking about it now, and we would just be shouting into the void.  So instead, here’s the rest of the news that turned our heads this week.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: April 4-9

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The Panama Papers have dropped, money is hiding everywhere, and the world’s wealthiest are having to answer some tough money questions.  But that’s not all that happened this week.  While the world was focused on money, some pretty crazy nature type news almost slipped by unnoticed.  Balloon releasers, kite runners, and reverse photosynthesizers all made headlines this week- so let’s jump right in and get caught up! Continue reading

New Evidence Shows Dragons Aren’t Only Found In Fairytales!

Over the past year, the ongoing debate concerning the origin of birds has been fuelled by discoveries of dinosaurs in China, such as Protarchaeopteryx and Caudipteryx which had feathers, and the dinosaur Sinosauropteryx, which had unusual hair/feather-like structures on its skin. These amazing discoveries have challenged the conventional assumption that the origin of birds went hand-in-hand with the origin of flight: it is usually assumed that these feathered dinosaurs were unable to fly.

This assumption seems strong. Another, that these feathered dinosaurs themselves had non-flying ancestries, is weaker. Work on the flightless and very dinosaur-like Mononykus, regarded by many as even more closely related to extant birds than the feathered ‘first bird’ Archaeopteryx, raises the question that some theropods might actually be secondarily flightless – the dragons that fell to Earth. Continue reading

There’s More To A Newly Found Daddy Long Legs Than His 99 Million Year Old Erection

Photo by: Jason Dunlop, Paul Selden, and Gonzalo Giribet

Photo by: Jason Dunlop, Paul Selden, and Gonzalo Giribet

As you might have noticed today, lots of people are talking about a 99 million year old daddy long legs fossil found in Burma, and his forever frozen in amber erection- but there is so much more to this story than just penis puns.  For instance, this fossil is believed to be part of a new family of daddy long legs previously unknown, related to the harvestman species we have today- and that’s pretty big.  The hard truth of the matter is (honestly I also couldn’t pass up on a good penis pun or two), there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: April 27-May 1

Here is this week’s round up of all the coolest environmental and nature news around the world, along with some serious stuff too.

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The death toll in the 7.9 magnitude in Nepal climbs to 6,200 people. The earthquake caused avalanches on Mt. Everest and toppled historical and contemporary buildings. Governments and organizations are delivering goods to the people of Nepal. To give donations, please check out the links below:

https://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/

https://www.oxfam.org/

https://give.wfp.org/5279/?step=country&lead_source=2015-wfp-nepal-emergency&form_tag=2015-wfp-nepal-emergency Continue reading