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Aboriginal Australians Co-Existed with the Megafauna for at Least 17,000 Years

Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the problem, answering the key question of how they became extinct has remained elusive. Indeed, the same questions as those asked in the 19th century by scientists, such as the British comparative anatomist Sir Richard Owen and the Prussian scientist and explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, remain: were people responsible for their demise or was it climate change? Our new research, Continue Reading

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New Zealand’s Lost Cave World of Wonders

 Brent Swancer Our magnificent planet holds numerous wonders of the natural world, and there seem to be just as many of these below ground as there are above it. Deep down under the earth there stretch vast, dark subterranean worlds which have existed in the black quiet beneath our feet for millions of years separately from the light filled planet which we know. Here in the bowels of our planet are somewhat haunting domains that seem to be as bizarre and often as unexplored as another planet, and which can enchant us and capture our imaginations as much as anywhere upon Continue Reading

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The Mysterious Black Mountain of Queensland

  Rising up from the wilderness of Queensland, Australia, is an eerie sight that stands in stark contrast to the brush and eucalyptus trees around it. Looming over the surrounding green sea of trees is a colossal, blackened jumble of enormous boulders that looks less like a natural formation than something that was intentionally dumped here by giant hands. This is the place known as the Black Mountain. Long heavily associated with bizarre unexplained phenomena and intertwined with dark folklore, it is a strange place long shunned and feared by the indigenous people, and the region is made no less ominous by Continue Reading

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