Ice Age periods are triggered whenever land masses and volcanoes collide every few millennia. It's the Earth's natural carbon sequestration system, the planet's way of balancing the carbon dioxide found in the atmosphere.
Earth/Environment April 14, 2019
Researchers found that the cool surface water during the Little Ice Age has only started reaching the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. While the world currently experiencing modern global warming, the depths of the Pacific has only started cooling.
Earth/Environment January 5, 2019
The dog named Scout was paying close attention to something that looked like a rock in the backyard. It turned out that the object was part of a tooth of an extinct woolly mammoth.
Animals November 30, 2018
A new paper revealed that an animal painting inside a cave in a remote part of Borneo is about 40,000 years old. This contradicts the previous belief that cave painting originated in Europe.
Ancient November 8, 2018
A miner discovered the perfectly mummified carcass of a wolf pup in the Yukon region. After radiocarbon dating, researchers found that the animal lived through the Ice Age over 50,000 years ago.
Animals September 17, 2018
Construction workers digging in southwest Florida discovered a fossil estimated to be from 2 million years ago. Experts believed that the animal from which the fossils came from lived before humans came to Florida.
Animals August 14, 2018
The world’s southernmost ocean leaked carbon dioxide into the air, causing an increase in CO2 that created warmer climates. This led to the rise of human civilizations, according to researchers.
Earth/Environment July 31, 2018
The Meghalayan age is the youngest stage in the Holocene Epoch, which started after the last ice age. What makes the Meghalayan unique from other intervals of the Geologic Time Scale?
Earth/Environment July 19, 2018
A freshwater flood coming from Canada’s Mackenzie River flowed into the North Atlantic Ocean 13,000 years ago. This created extreme weather disturbances that abruptly caused a mini Ice Age.
Earth/Environment July 10, 2018
A man discovered a piece of a mammoth leg bone on a shore of one of the beaches in Scotland. His discovery could be the first ever confirmed mammoth bone found in his country.
Animals June 12, 2018
New evidence suggested that early humans migrated to America through a 17,000-year-old coastal route found along Alaska’s Pacific Border. This current conclusion clashed with previous theory stating that early humans passed through Siberia to the Americas.
Ancient June 1, 2018
The Earth’s first supercontinent is said to have rapidly emerged from the ocean 2.4 billion years ago. The sudden appearance of landmass led to climate change that eventually led to the Great Oxygenation Event.
Earth/Environment May 25, 2018
Experts concluded that early humans with autistic trait led an art revolution during the Ice Age. Their ability to focus on detail, an aptitude attributed to people with autism, also helped them create complex hunting tools for their survival.
Ancient May 16, 2018
Scientists have offered an alternate theory on what drove giant ground sloths to extinction. A set of footprints found in New Mexico suggested that humans armed with stone spears may have chased and hunted sloths during the last Ice Age.
Ancient April 26, 2018
A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley linked breastfeeding to a genetic mutation distinct to ancestors of Native Americans and East Asians. This mutation may have helped the ancestors survive during the last Ice Age.
Ancient April 24, 2018
Mayan artifacts and human bones that appear to be at least 9,000 years old were found in Mexico’s Sac Actun, the largest underwater cave system in the world. Most of the nearly 200 artifacts are from Mayan civilization.
Ancient February 20, 2018
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed he “clicked” with Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri, which resulted to the, now underway, “Super Mario” film project. Rumors suggest a 2020 release date for the film, and more movie details will emerge soon.
Video Games February 12, 2018
An international team of scientists concluded that a massive comet crashed into the Earth 13,000 years ago. The event supposedly created firestorms around the world, with the dust clouds blocking the sun and eventually leading into a mini ice age.
Ancient February 5, 2018
A mini ice age could happen on Earth in the next 30 years or so. It might reverse the effects of global warming, but only for a little while.
Earth/Environment December 29, 2017
The ancient eruptions of the stratovolcano Mount Takahe released high levels of chlorine and fluorine. How did these likely trigger the sudden and widespread climate change that occurred at the end of the ice age?
Earth/Environment September 5, 2017
During a family hike, then 9-year-old Jude Sparks stumbled on an Ice Age fossil by accident: a stegomastodon skull. Learn about how the family helped identify the ancient remains, now excavated and being studied.
Ancient July 20, 2017
Paypal founder Peter Thiel gave a fund of $100,000 to a Harvard genomic professor who is working to resurrect the extinct woolly mammoth. Why do some scientists want to bring back the Ice Age animal?
Animals June 30, 2017
A 13,000-year-old pair of teeth has the oldest known example of tooth filling. Analysis of the incisors suggests Ice Age dentistry involved use of stone tools to drill tooth cavities.
Ancient April 26, 2017
Spelunker Joachim Kreiselmaier accidentally found Europe's first known cave fish while exploring the Danube-Aach cave system in Germany. What are the characteristics of the newly discovered species?
Animals April 5, 2017
Archaeologists discovered an array of jewelry and art objects from a cave in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The artifacts date back 30,000 years ago and reportedly belong to the last ice age.
Ancient April 4, 2017
Creating a hybrid of the woolly mammoth is possible in as little as within two years. Scientists say that resurrecting the extinct Ice Age animal can help mitigate climate change. How?
Animals February 17, 2017
Based on new carbon aging tests on ancient bones from the Bluefish Caves in Yukon, humans may have been living in North America 10,000 years earlier than previously believed.
Ancient January 17, 2017
Today’s European bison is descended from the mysterious species researchers found in cave paintings in Ice Age caves. After examining ancient DNA, it has been revealed that the species is a bison-cattle hybrid.
Ancient October 19, 2016
Well-preserved fossil remains of a 13,000-year-old mammoth found at Channel Islands National Park are leaving scientists puzzled. The size of the skull neither fits a pygmy nor a Columbian mammoth.
Animals September 18, 2016
Giant animals which roamed the Earth at the end of the ice age may have met their match from a one-two punch of human hunters and climate change. What was life like during this distant era?
Ancient June 18, 2016
Neil deGrasse Tyson is turning into a weasel for 'Ice Age: Collision Course.' Named Neil deBuck Weasel, the character is crucial to the herd’s attempt at stopping an asteroid in destroying the planet.
Movies/TV Shows June 13, 2016
An ice age on Mars may have once made the Red Planet far more white than it is today. How can finding this evidence assist NASA engineers in planning a human mission to that alien world?
Space May 27, 2016
Clovis hunters were not the first inhabitants of North America after all, a new find suggests. Humans were butchering mastodons in Florida 15 centuries before their arrival.
Ancient May 14, 2016
Neanderthals may have been driven to extinction by climate change, as well as the arrival of modern humans in Europe, research shows. How does this change what we know of the ancient creatures?
Ancient May 12, 2016
The analysis of the DNA of human bones from 51 prehistoric people goes beyond explaining the complexity of migrations back then. It also shows how European population has evolved through time.
Ancient May 5, 2016
New DNA analysis techniques are revealing new information about human migrations in Europe during the Ice Age. How did researchers uncover a wealth of new secrets hidden in the ancient genetic code?
Ancient May 3, 2016
The reason behind the infamous ice ages might have been discovered by geologists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ancient tectonic collisions seem to have triggered the ice ages.
April 21, 2016
Hunters found two Ice Age puppies in a region in Russia’s far northeast region, Yakutia. The brain was well-preserved and the two puppies lived way back 12,000 years ago.
Animals March 30, 2016
Pottery production increased significantly at the end of the last Ice Age - and culture may have a bigger role than environmental influences.
Animals March 23, 2016
Biologists have found the first new species of butterfly discovered in Alaska in 28 years. Are these winged insects the offspring of two ancient species?
Animals March 20, 2016
Can political and social upheavals such as the fall of the Roman Empire be directly linked to the so-called Little Ice Age? Scientists say that a connection is likely, given how the cooling period caused changes in agriculture, human movement, and spread of disease at that time.
Earth/Environment February 10, 2016
A DNA analysis found Europe endured a major population shift towards the end of the Last Ice Age. Climate change contributed to the demise of a group of prehistoric humans that scientists previously believed didn't exist in Europe.
Earth/Environment February 6, 2016
What role did underwater volcanoes play during te Snowball Earth period 720 to 640 million years ago? Plenty, mainly helping catalyze the transition from icehouse to greenhouse and jumpstart animal life on the planet.
Animals January 19, 2016
Even moderate interference with carbon balance could postpone Earth's next ice age by 100,000 years.
Animals January 15, 2016
Climate change is often associated with unwanted events such as rising sea levels and drought. A new study, however, revealed that atmospheric carbon dioxide, which drives global warming, has helped postpone the next ice age.
Animals January 14, 2016