Woman’s garden ‘stepping stone’ turns out to be an ancient Roman artifact

A seemingly dull marble slab, used for 10 years as a stepping stone in an English garden, is actually a rare ancient Roman engraving, a new analysis finds.  The discovery surprised its owner, who learned that the 25-inch-long (63 centimeters) slab — a stone she had previously used as a stair while mounting her horse […]

Woman’s stomach pain turns out to be rare case of ‘wandering spleen’

A woman who went to the emergency department with abdominal pain soon learned the source of her discomfort: Her spleen had shifted about a foot out of place, according to a new report of the case. This rare condition, known as “wandering spleen,” occurs when ligaments that normally hold the spleen in place become loose […]

Rare wolf spider presumed extinct turns up on British military base

A 2-inch-long (5 centimeters) spider thought to be extinct in Great Britain is actually alive and thriving on a British military base.  A program manager at the Surrey Wildlife Trust rediscovered the great fox-spider (Alopecosa fabrilis) on an undeveloped portion of a military installation in Surrey, England, after a two-year search. The last time the […]

Ancient crocodiles’ family tree reveals unexpected twists and turns — ScienceDaily

Scientists probing a prehistoric crocodile group’s shadowy past have discovered a timeless truth — pore over anyone’s family tree long enough, and something surprising will emerge. Despite 300 years of research, and a recent renaissance in the study of their biological make-up, the mysterious, marauding teleosauroids have remained enduringly elusive. Scientific understanding of this distant […]

Ancient crocodiles’ family tree reveals unexpected twists and turns

Artist’s impression of Macrospondylus- an extinct fossil group of teleosauriods. Credit: Nikolay Zverkov Scientists probing a prehistoric crocodile group’s shadowy past have discovered a timeless truth—pore over anyone’s family tree long enough, and something surprising will emerge. Despite 300 years of research, and a recent renaissance in the study of their biological make-up, the mysterious, […]