May 02, 2007

This week in natural history...

Posted by: Karyn Gregory

First, it was Encino Man. Now, it's camel time.
While breaking ground for a new Wal-Mart, construction crews uncovered an 8 thousand-year-old camel fossil in Mesa, Arizona. Curator of Geology at Arizona State University Brad Archer, ran to the site to inspect and confirm the find.

"There's no question that this is a camel; these creatures walked the land here until about 8,000 years ago, when the same event that wiped out a great deal of mammal life took place," Archer told The Arizona Republic.
For our readers in the southwest, the bones should go on display at ASU sometime in the near future. Check them out and let us know what you think!

From underground to out of this atmosphere

Scientists last week discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. 120 million light years away, “Gliese 581” orbits one of the 100 closest stars to Earth in the galaxy. From the article linked above:

The planet was discovered by the European Southern Observatory's telescope in La Silla, Chile, which has a special instrument that splits light to find wobbles in different wavelengths. Those wobbles can reveal the existence of other worlds.
My suggestion: utilize this resource to discover “Burke 581” – we could use some more space to store the millions of objects in our collections!