Search for clues may explain collapse of ancient city in Mexico

Feben Ruscitti, a senior majoring in anthropology and classical studies, and Serena Webster, a graduate student in anthropology, sift through dirt to recover any missed artifacts from the excavation site in Mexico, July 2022. Credit: Andrew Somerville/Iowa State University Built more than a thousand years before the Aztec arrived in central Mexico, Teotihuacan was once … Read more

Taps have run dry in a major Mexico city for months. A similar water crisis looms in the US, experts say

Credit: CC0 Public Domain About 300 miles southwest of San Antonio, water taps have run dry in a major Mexico city. Thousands of residents wake up at dawn to check their taps and fill up containers. Others line up with large jugs, bottles and buckets at cisterns around the city, where fights have broken out … Read more

New giant deep-sea isopod discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

Journal of Natural History” width=”800″ height=”530″/> Image of Bathynomus yucatanensis. Credit: Dr Ming-Chih Huang, Journal of Natural History Researchers have identified a new species of Bathonymus, the famed genera of deep-sea isopods whose viral internet fame has made them the most famous aquatic crustaceans since Sebastian of “The Little Mermaid.” There are around 20 species … Read more

Below-average Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ measured

Nancy Rabalais records data during a cruise aboard the R/V Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico to study hypoxia. Credit: LUMCON Today, NOAA-supported scientists announced that this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”— an area of ​​low to no oxygen that can kill fish and marine life—is approximately 3,275 square miles. That’s more than 2 … Read more

New Mexico mammoths among best evidence for early humans in North America

The remains of two mammoths discovered in New Mexico show that humans lived in North America much earlier than thought. Credit: NPS. About 37,000 years ago, a mother mammoth and her calf met their end at the hands of human beings. Bones from the butchering site record how humans shaped pieces of their long bones … Read more

Research supports recognizing new scrub jay species in Texas and Mexico

A California scrub jay eyes the camera. Credit: Deveon DeRaad A comprehensive new genetic and statistical study from researchers at the University of Kansas reveals that two groups of scrub jays—one in Mexico and one in Texas—deserve status as independent species. The paper, appearing in Systematic Biologyalso uses genomic data to sketch a natural history … Read more

NOAA forecasts average-size Gulf of Mexico summer ‘dead zone’

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A team of scientists including a University of Michigan aquatic ecologist is forecasting a summer “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico of 5,364 square miles, about average for the 35-year history of the measurements. The forecast is lower than last year’s measured size and slightly lower than the five-year average … Read more

Research shows how the Gulf of Mexico escaped ancient mass extinction

The Mississippi River flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. According to researchers at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, river sediments and ocean currents helped simple sea life in the Gulf survive a deep-ocean mass extinction 56 million years ago. Credit: US Geological Survey An ancient bout of global warming 56 million years ago … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft lands in New Mexico after successful test flight – Spaceflight Now

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft descends toward landing at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft parachuted to a “picture perfect” landing in southern New Mexico Wednesday, capping a six-day test flight to the International Space Station that NASA’s commercial crew program manager said paves the way for the next Starliner … Read more