A young Maurice Taieb examines a fossil.
Maurice Taieb, Geologist Who Discovered “Lucy” Site, Dies at 86
Taieb recognized the potential importance of the Hadar Formation, where remains of the hominin Australopithecus afarensis were found only a few years later.
ABOVE: COURTESY OF DONALD JOHANSON
Maurice Taieb, Geologist Who Discovered “Lucy” Site, Dies at 86
Maurice Taieb, Geologist Who Discovered “Lucy” Site, Dies at 86

Taieb recognized the potential importance of the Hadar Formation, where remains of the hominin Australopithecus afarensis were found only a few years later.

Taieb recognized the potential importance of the Hadar Formation, where remains of the hominin Australopithecus afarensis were found only a few years later.

ABOVE: COURTESY OF DONALD JOHANSON
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Microbial Fossils Found in 3.4-Billion-Year-Old Subseafloor Rock
Ruth Williams | Jul 14, 2021
The material, now part of an African mountain range, bolsters the idea that hydrothermal veins supported early forms of life.
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Lightning Might Have Sparked Early Life on Earth
Asher Jones | Mar 17, 2021
Electrical storms, rather than meteorites as scientists had previously thought, could have unlocked phosphorus necessary for the development of ancient life, according to a new study.
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
Shawna Williams | Jul 13, 2020
An isotopic analysis of eggshell beads dating back more than 30,000 years indicates that they helped build networks that stretched for hundreds of kilometers.
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Newly Named Chibanian Age Demarcates Earth’s Last Magnetic Flip
Kerry Grens | Feb 17, 2020
The time period, which spans 770,000 to 126,000 years ago, started with a reversal of the planet’s magnetic field.
A Last-Minute Science Dash to an Erupting Volcano
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2019
Researchers plan an oceanographic expedition to understand why a phytoplankton bloom developed as molten lava flowed into the sea east of Hawaii's Big Island.
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Science Groups Pull Brigham Young University Job Ads
Kerry Grens | Nov 13, 2019
Members of two geology societies voiced concerns about the school’s prohibition of same-sex relationships.
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Microbial Life Discovered 2.4 Km Deep in Canadian Mine
Catherine Offord | Aug 23, 2019
Scientists cultivate sulfate-reducing microbes from some of the oldest-known water on Earth.
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Oldest Evidence of Terrestrial Life on a Young Earth
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 23, 2018
Microbes were living on land as early as 3.22 billion years ago, fossilized rocks show, 500 million years earlier than previously documented.
Rivers and Streams Compose Much More of Earth's Surface Than Thought
Shawna Williams | Jun 28, 2018
A new estimate bumps up the area previously estimated to be covered by running water by more than 40 percent.
Interior Department’s Screen of Meeting Abstracts Called Censorship
Kerry Grens | Jun 16, 2018
USGS scientists need approval from a political appointee before they can present research at two big geological conferences.
Great Barrier Reef Experienced Five Massive Die-Offs in 30,000 Years
Catherine Offord | May 28, 2018
The reef has bounced back from “death events” in the past, but that doesn’t mean it will be resilient over the next few decades.
Humanity May Have Flourished After Supervolcano Eruption
Diana Kwon | Mar 13, 2018
A new study counters the popular theory that after Mount Toba blew its top 74,000 years ago, humans almost went extinct.
Ancient Microfossils May be Earliest Signs of Life
Diana Kwon | Mar 2, 2017
Researchers find what appear to be 3.77 billion-year-old hints of microbial life hidden in Canadian rocks, but some scientists are not convinced.
Life Below the Seabed
Ruth Williams | Mar 14, 2013
Rock samples from deep within the Earth’s oceanic crust contain chemosynthetic microbial life.
Ancient Organic Molecules Found
Dan Cossins | Feb 19, 2013
Sea creatures buried alive roughly 340 million years ago have yielded the longest-preserved organic molecules ever discovered in a complete fossil.
Refining Carbon Dating
Ed Yong | Oct 18, 2012
Japanese lake sediments will help archaeologists better estimate the dates of artifacts and past events.
Budget Cuts Shutter Biodiversity Program
Edyta Zielinska | Jan 16, 2012
The US Geological Survey’s database, a compendium of biodiversity information, will be shut down this month due to a slashed 2012 budget.
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Hot Team: Volcanologists' Good Call In Philippines Saves Lives
Tom Abate | Mar 1, 1992
Among the Ayta people of Mount Pinatubo it was a portent. A steam cloud that smelled like rotten eggs was rising from the peak.