Earth & Climate

Insight into the fossil preparation

Embedded in oil shale, they have survived for millions of years: A taxidermist explains how finds from the famous Messel mine are preserved...

Featured picture: A top class catch

White-tailed eagles catching prey (Image: Markus Varesvuo)The “Glanzlichter 2020” photo competition is the largest international nature photo competition in Germany and has been advertised...

Featured picture: Ornate algae bloom in the Baltic Sea

(Image: NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat, Joshua Stevens)Almost every year large, late summer algal blooms can be observed in the Baltic Sea: the water...

Oldest sperm discovered in the world

Shell crab fossils in 100 million year old amber (Image: He Wang & Xiangdong Zhao) An international team of paleontologists has discovered exceptionally well-preserved tiny...

Fatal combination destroys Alaska’s reefs

Sea urchins gnaw the calcareous algae reefs around the Aleutian Islands. (Image: J. Tomoleoni / USGS) Humans caused climate change and the loss of...

Rapid growth – early death

In the rainforest and in other tree populations around the world, the following clearly applies: Trees that grow quickly die young. (Image: Atelopus...

Featured picture: Master of Disguise

(Image: Santiago R. Ron)That many frogs and toads are greenish or brownish in color does not seem surprising - this color makes them almost...

The politician

Photo: Daniel Meißner Taking action instead of just getting excited - that was Lucie Hammecke's drive to go into politics. Today she sits for...

Proboscid migration in the genetic level

The mastodon once had an astonishingly wide distribution in North America. (Image: D. Finnin / © AMNH) Today beavers, elk and the like are...

News about the origin of the earth water

Piece of an enstatite-chondrite meteorite in which the researchers found a surprising amount of hydrogen. (Photo: L. Piani, Museum of Natural History in...

Featured picture: The missing seaweed

(Image: Ryan Walter, Jennifer O'Leary and Kyle Nessen)Aquatic plants are the service providers of marine ecosystems: They provide habitats for fish and other marine...

Hibernation 250 million years ago?

This is what a hibernating lystrosaur might have looked like. (Image: Crystal Shin) The clever strategy with which some of today's animals survive times...

Dinosaur embryo with nasal horn

Exposed head of the sauropod embryo (Image: Kundrat et al. / Current Biology) Sauropods - long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs - were the largest land animals to...

How cold was the last ice age?

Much of the northern hemisphere was covered by glaciers during the last ice age. (Image: Grafissimo / iStock) Around 20,000 years ago, large parts...

Greenland experiences record ice loss

Icebergs and ice front of the Jakobshavn Isbræ glacier in West Greenland. (Image: Alfred Wegener Institute / Ingo Sasgen Greenland is still covered by...

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