Evolution is something scientists have observed at several different levels in nature, and when it comes to human ancestry, they’ve been able to collect bits and pieces of the giant puzzle that human evolution is. We do know that some form of evolution (scientifically speaking) has occurred on various levels, but there are still many missing links to our evolutionary journey and new discoveries made every year are continuing to re-write what we previously believed to be true.
It’s important to remember that there is still much we do not know and the evolutionary tree is far from being understood, let alone complete.
A New Species Discovered?
One great example is a discovery that was made just over a year ago where researchers discovered what looks to be an entirely new species of hominid that is currently unknown to modern day science. The discovery was made in a Siberian cave.
A DNA analysis…
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The Shoemaker–Levy 9 collision with Jupiter was the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. Shoemaker–Levy 9 disintegrated in to 21 fragments during a close encounter with Jupiter in July 1992 and finally collided with Jupiter two years later in July 1994.
The remarkable collision lasted a week and left large, murky marks on Jupiter’s southern hemisphere that took weeks to dissipate. With some individual fragments as large as 2 km in diameter, Shoemaker–Levy 9 would have been catastrophic to Human civilization but might not be enough to cause mass extinction on Earth, such as the 10 km wide asteroid that triggered the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago.
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Scientists from the University of Liverpool are developing a new carbon dating technology that could revolutionize field archaeology.
In partnership with Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and supported by funding from the Arts Council England, they will develop a new technique which will make it quicker and easier to date archaeological finds.
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