New fossil seal species rewrites history

An artist impression of the newly discovered extinct monk seal species Credit: Jaime Bran. Copyrigh: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa. The discovery, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, radically changes scientists’ understanding of how seal species evolved around the world. It came after researchers examined seven preserved fossil specimens, including […]

2,000-year-old seal depicting Greek god Apollo found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered a rare 2,000-year-old gem seal bearing the likeness of the god Apollo, but the gem’s owner likely wasn’t Greek or Roman, experts say. Instead, this dark-brown jasper stone was likely owned by a Jewish person who lived during the first century A.D., and who was monotheistic but admired the qualities […]