Paleontology

In this Aug. 15, 2017 photo, paleontologist Ashley Leger shows the skull of a young Columbian mammoth found at the construction site of the Metro Purple Line extension in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles subway system is expanding and so too are the number of prehistoric fossils being recovered as crews dig beneath the city. Since work on one extension began in 2014, workers have routinely turned up fossilized remains of rabbits, camels, bison and other creatures that roamed the region during the last Ice Age. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 11, 2017 - 3:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by. When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into a massive construction site beneath a...
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A photo provided by the South Hackensack Police Department shows a car with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof. New Jersey police say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on Route 46 in South Hackensack and has been charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving. (South Hackensack Police Department via AP)
December 09, 2017 - 10:19 am
POLICE: WOMAN DROVE WITH TRANSIT SIGN STICKING OUT OF CAR SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday on Route 46 in South Hackensack when...
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December 07, 2017 - 4:34 am
BLUE LIGHTS-DRUG USE NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins. The Sheetz gas station chain has installed the lights at its New Kensington location as a pilot...
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This illustration provided by Lukas Panzarin, with Andrea Cau for scientific supervision, shows a Halszkaraptor escuilliei dinosaur. The creature, about 18 inches (45 centimeters) tall, had a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swan-like neck and killer claws. (Lukas Panzarin via AP)
December 06, 2017 - 4:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up. It also had flippers like a penguin, and while it walked like an ostrich it could also swim. That...
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FILE - This July 15, 2016, file photo, shows the "Moonhouse" in McLoyd Canyon which is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah. President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to unite and take the fight to court to preserve protections for lands they consider sacred. Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears — created last December by President Barack Obama — by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante — designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton — by nearly half. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 06, 2017 - 3:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made a curious case for stripping federal protections from vast stretches of two of America's national monument lands. For one, he said his decision will give Native Americans back their "rightful voice over the sacred land." But they already have specified...
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FILE - This July 15, 2016, file photo, shows the "Moonhouse" in McLoyd Canyon which is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah. President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to unite and take the fight to court to preserve protections for lands they consider sacred. Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears — created last December by President Barack Obama — by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante — designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton — by nearly half. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 05, 2017 - 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made a curious case for stripping federal protections from vast stretches of two of America's national monument lands. For one, he said his decision will give Native Americans back their "rightful voice over the sacred land." But they already have specified...
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Anthony Fierro yells in front of a police officer as protesters are stopped from marching up State Street during President Donald Trump's announcement to eliminate vast portions of Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (Laura Seitz/The Deseret News via AP)
December 05, 2017 - 2:04 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to take the fight to court to preserve protections for land they consider sacred. Environmental and conservation groups...
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Anthony Fierro yells in front of a police officer as protesters are stopped from marching up State Street during President Donald Trump's announcement to eliminate vast portions of Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (Laura Seitz/The Deseret News via AP)
December 04, 2017 - 11:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday took the rare step of scaling back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, declaring that "public lands will once again be for public use" in a move cheered by Republican leaders who lobbied him to undo protections they considered overly...
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President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments at the Utah State Capitol Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Trump traveled to Salt Lake City to announce plans to shrink two sprawling national monuments in Utah in a move that will delight the state's GOP politicians and many rural residents who see the lands as prime examples of federal overreach, but will enrage tribes and environmentalist groups who vow to immediately sue to preserve the monuments. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 04, 2017 - 11:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's plan to scale back national monuments (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Environmental groups are suing to block President Donald Trump's decision to scale back a national monument in Utah just hours after the decision was announced. The lawsuit...
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In this July 21, 2017 photo provided by the National Park Service shows Dr. Jonathan Hoffman, paleontologist with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History works on an ancient Sea Cow fossil on Santa Rosa Island. Scientists say they've unearthed fossil remains of a sea cow off Southern California's Channel Islands that lived off some 25 million years ago. The National Park Service says the fossil skull and rib cage were discovered this summer, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/National Park Service)
November 28, 2017 - 8:00 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists say they've unearthed fossil remains of a sea cow that lived in the shallow waters off Southern California's Channel Islands some 25 million years ago. The fossil skull and rib cage were discovered this summer on Santa Rosa Island, about 50 miles northwest of Los...
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