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17 million-year-old whale fossil provides 1st exact date for East Africa’s puzzling uplift

Uplift associated with East Africa’s Great Rift Valley and the environmental changes it produced have puzzled scientists for decades because the timing and starting elevation have been poorly constrained.

Now paleontologists have tapped a fossil from the most precisely dated beaked whale in the world — and the only stranded whale ever found so far inland on the African continent — to pinpoint a date when the mysterious elevation began. Continue reading

SMU, seismic monitors, Stump, DeShon, earthquakes, North TexasSMU analysis of recent North Texas earthquake sequence reveals geologic fault, epicenters in Irving and West Dallas. Continue reading →
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