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Giant Shark, Megalodon, Had Lots of Company: Photos

news.discovery.com — Here are some of the animals--both on sea and on land--that existed during this mega-sized shark's heyday.

Ancient Humans May Not Have Been Redheads

news.discovery.com — Ancient humans found with red hair weren't necessarily redheads in life, but may have acquired their carrot tops after death, a new study finds. A team of researchers examined the processes that degrade locks, ranging from exposure to the sun's powerful rays or being eaten away by microbes.

Method Could Rid Spacecraft of Tough Microbial Cling-Ons

news.discovery.com — Imagine looking for life on Mars and turning up a hardy microbe that bears a striking resemblance to the E. coli bacteria we know and love. Where the heck did that come from? Well, erm, bad news alien-hunters, that little single-celled lifeform came from Earth.

6 Pound Gold 'Butte Nugget' Goes on Auction Block

news.discovery.com — A massive gold nugget found in Butte County, Calif., will hit the auction block Thursday in San Francisco. The nugget weighs just over 6 pounds, comes with a price tag between $350,000 and $450,000 and may be the largest such specimen ever found in California by a private person.
Oct 24, 2014

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Sphinx Head Found in Mysterious Greek Tomb

news.discovery.com — Greek archaeologists made another amazing find on Tuesday as they unearthed the missing head of one of the two wingless sphinxes guarding the large and mysterious burial site in Amphipolis, in Greece's northeastern Macedonia region. According to a statement by the Culture Ministry, the finely carved head was found inside the tomb's third chamber.