‘Mr. Key West’ quietly donated private island to wildlife refuge

Ballast Key, which locals called “David’s island,” in reference to the island’s owner, David Wolkowsky. A visionary environmentalist, Wolkowsky lived in this lighthouse-inspired home on the island. Photo by Joe Schmidt

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – The southernmost private island in the United States, owned since the 1970s by the late Key West philanthropist and visionary David Wolkowsky, will be preserved as part of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge under an agreement struck after decades of negotiations.

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Birdlike dinosaur finally has name decades after discovery 

Convolosaurus marri skeleton photo courtesy of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science

DALLAS (AP) – About 120 million years ago, flocks of small dinosaurs bounded from plant to plant in an open floodplain southwest of what is now Fort Worth. They stood on two legs as they foraged for leaves and shoots. The smallest hatchlings were about the length of your hand, while the largest measured 9 feet from head to tail.

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Natural history museum to mark 150th anniversary

The museum’s Tyrannosaurus rex is a must-see exhibit for visitors from all over the world. D. Finnin/ © AMNH

NEW YORK (AP) – The American Museum of Natural History announced big plans Wednesday for its 150th anniversary, including exhibits, an anniversary website and a new space show in the planetarium.

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Fossils of prehistoric pig-like animals ID’d in Tennessee

This fossilized skeleton at the Austin Zoo (Texas) comes from a Mylohyus nasutus, who would have been a cousin to the Mylohyus elmorei. Photo by Reynosa Blogs, Tamaulipas, Mexico, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – East Tennessee State University says its researchers have discovered fossils of two extinct prehistoric, pig-looking species that previously had never been found in the Appalachian region.

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Upper Paleolithic polychrome painting of bison at the Cave of Altamira, located near Santillana del Mar, Spain. Photo by Rameessos. Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Red bull drawn in Indonesian cave dated to 40,000 years ago

Upper Paleolithic polychrome painting of bison at the Cave of Altamira, located near Santillana del Mar, Spain. Photo by Rameessos. Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Upper Paleolithic polychrome painting of bison at the Cave of Altamira, located near Santillana del Mar, Spain. Photo by Rameessos. Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists have found the oldest known example of an animal drawing: a red silhouette of a bull-like beast on the wall of an Indonesian cave.

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Scientists find perfectly preserved ancient foal in Siberia

An Arabian foal at about weaning age. Photo by Ealdgyth, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian scientists have found the carcass of an ancient foal perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost.

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Life-size model of a mammoth, or mastodon. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Crews uncover prehistoric bone fragment in southwest Florida

 

Life-size model of a mammoth, or mastodon. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Life-size model of a mammoth, or mastodon. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) – Crews who were working on an underground utilities extension project in southwest Florida uncovered a bone fragment that could 2.6 million years old.

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Four rare rubies found in NC could fetch millions

 

The four individual star rubies in the Mountain Star Ruby Collection. Image courtesy of Guernsey’s

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A collection of four rare star rubies found in North Carolina has made it to a New York auction house, and it’s expected they could be worth more than $90 million.

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Michigan museum acquires reconstruction of extinct hominid

Life-size sculptural reconstruction of Australopithecus sediba, an extinct human relative that roamed southern Africa 2 million years ago. © Sculpture Elisabeth Daynès /Photo: S. Entressangle

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The University of Michigan now owns what’s believed to be the only lifelike reconstruction of a human relative that roamed southern Africa 2 million years ago.

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Prices for meteorites defy gravity in online auction

70-pound meteorite found in Meteor Crater, Ariz., from the Macovich Collection, sold for $237,500. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd 2018

NEW YORK — Meteorite prices skyrocketed at Christie’s February 14 online sale titled “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites.” Of the 44 lots available, 82% of the lots sold and more than a dozen sold for more than their high estimate.

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