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Florida senators pitch daylight saving time pauseWASHINGTON — Florida Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott want to make sure there is plenty of time for wasting away again in Margaritaville in the sunlight this winter.If they get their way, revelers in Key West, Florida, where Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band conceived of the mythical Margaritaville, will get to nibble on sponge cake and watch the sun bake one more hour — hopefully in a socially distant manner in this age of coronavirus pandemic protocols.The pair introduced a bill that was placed on the Senate calendar Wednesday...
Tribune News Service
Tyrannosaurus skeleton worth several million dollars headed to auction
NEW YORK — Sold to the eccentric theme park operator!One of the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons is headed to the auction block.Christie’s announced Wednesday it would be selling “STAN,” a 67 million-year-old fossil, in early October.The skeleton, which measures 40 feet long and 13 feet high, was discovered in 1987 in South Dakota by amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison, who was told it was a triceratops — a common error made because triceratops fossils are so common, James Hyslop, Christie’s head of Science and Natural History, said.However, after Sacrison took the bones to the Bla...
New York Daily News
Following Neanderthals' footsteps to learn how they lived
Washington (AFP) - Like modern humans and primates, Neanderthals -- our closest evolutionary cousins -- are thought to have lived in groups, but their size and composition have been difficult to infer from archeological and fossil remains.Now, though, scientists have reported the discovery of 257 footprints along the Normandy shore in France that were immaculately preserved over 80,000 years, offering major new clues into the social structures of its prehistoric inhabitants.Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, suggests the band numbered 10 to ...