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Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks

Dec. 11, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Coal ash is leaking from a dump complex at the largest coal-fired plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the utility is monitoring whether it's affecting public water supplies. CEO Jeff Lyash acknowledged the contamination during a media tour Tuesday of the...

Tennessee Valley Authority removing asbestos near plant

Dec. 10, 2019 2:43 PM EST

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority started removing asbestos-contaminated material last week that was unearthed during construction near its Kingston Fossil Plant. Officials at the utility have said they do not know where the material came from but it could be part of an old burn pit. It...

A Kansas find reveals a 17-foot, long-extinct shark species

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Paleontologist Mike Everhart had found a rib from a plesiosaur — an ancient ocean reptile — on the Ringneck Ranch in north-central Kansas in 2009. He returned in early spring 2010 searching for more bones. Everhart brought a friend, Gail Pearson, and Pearson's friend...

Walk along strange oolite rocks on this Idaho hike

Nov. 9, 2019 3:31 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It takes an hour by car through the desert east of Boise and another half-mile on foot through a sea of sagebrush before you start to see signs of Lake Idaho. The lake itself, which once covered the Treasure Valley, dried up millions of years ago. The fossils, rare soils and almost...

Research underway on prehistoric bones from Prineville site

Nov. 8, 2019 1:07 PM EST

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Researchers at Eastern Oregon University are analyzing prehistoric bones that were unearthed in a gravel pit near Prineville by an employee of a company that mines for construction materials such as rock and sand. The tusk, cranium and other bones likely belonged to a prehistoric...

Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?

Nov. 7, 2019 4:07 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich beyond their dreams. Or they may have to share the wealth. It all comes down to how the state Supreme Court answers a seemingly simple...

Standing tall: Scientists find oldest example of upright ape

Nov. 6, 2019 8:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The remains of an ancient ape found in a Bavarian clay pit suggest that humans' ancestors began standing upright millions of years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday. An international team of researchers says the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape that lived...

A stolen trailer in Arkansas had fossils predating humans

Oct. 26, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman woke up to find her trailer filled with rare and ancient fossils, including dinosaur eggs that are 70 million-year-old dinosaur eggs, was gone. The trailer was taken in late September after Rodger Perkins, Gwynn Shafer and Paul Yumlu packed fossils in it for the...

Fossil trove shows life's fast recovery after big extinction

Oct. 24, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A remarkable trove of fossils from Colorado has revealed details of how mammals grew larger and plants evolved after the cataclysm that killed the dinosaurs. The thousands of specimens let scientists trace that history over a span of 1 million years, a mere eyeblink in Earth's lifespan....

Fossils stolen from museum display case in Lawrence

Oct. 23, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Police in Lawrence are investigating after three fossils were stolen from a display case at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the fossils were reported missing Monday but were believed to have been stolen Friday or Saturday. The...