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Depression-Era Workers Found Strange Fossilized Beasts in 'Texas Serengeti'

About 12 million years ago, antelopes with slingshot-like horns and beasts that weren't quite elephants but that had long trunks and tusks tramped across the "Texas Serengeti" searching for food and caring for their babies.Little was known about this ancient menagerie until, during the Great Depression, the government created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and tasked some of the organization's employees with finding and preserving thousands of fossils from the Miocene, an epoch ...
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Dino-Killing Asteroid Made Rocks Behave Like Liquid

A study of the massive crater that formed when an asteroid crashed into Earth 66 million years ago, wiping out all nonavian dinosaurs and most life on the planet, is giving insights into how impacts can help shape planets and possibly even provide habitat for the origins of life. The study, published in the journal Science on Nov. 17, represents the first findings from the expedition that drilled into the peak ring of the Chicxulub crater in the Gulf of Mexico in April and May. The internationa...
Tags: Gulf of Mexico, Jackson School of Geosciences, Gulick

Scientists simulate Earth's middle crust to understand earthquakes

Researchers have for the first time been able to measure a material's resistance to fracturing from various types of tectonic motions in the Earth's middle crust, a discovery that may lead to better understanding of how large earthquakes and slower moving events interact.The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), research unit of the Jackson School of Geosciences, spearheaded the discovery. The study was published in the September edition of Nature Geoscience.
Tags: Earth, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics UTIG, Jackson School of Geosciences