Cartorhynchus lenticarpus, a new species of aquatic reptile described this week, had unusually large flippers that could have enabled limited movement on land. It appears to be an early member of the group that would eventually include dolphin-like reptiles called icthyosaurs. (Image credit: Stefano Broccoli)

Ancient amphibious reptile discovered in China

Fossil remains discovered in China could shed light on the early evolution of aquatic reptiles, including icthyosaurs. Icthyosaurs were sea-going reptiles whose body shape resembled modern dolphins, but the fossil record has been silent about the land-based animals they evolved from. The new remains – which date back to the Lower Triassic (about 248 million […]

Second U.S. case of MERS | Experts Available

Second U.S. case of MERS | SMCC Experts Available | May 14, 2014   On Monday May 12, 2014 the U.S. Centres of Disease control reported the “unwelcome but not unexpected” news that a second person in the US has been diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. This second case, which occurred in Florida, follows […]

Gravitational waves in cosmic microwave background

On March 17, researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics announced that they had found evidence of gravitational waves in cosmic background radiation. These ripples in the fabric of space-time provide strong evidence for the theory of inflation, which says that the infant universe underwent a sudden and rapid expansion – increasing in size by […]


Bird flu and seasonal flu | Experts available

Experts available – Bird flu and seasonal flu – January 10, 2014 With Canada’s first – albeit isolated – case of H5N1 (bird flu) reported last week and ongoing concern about H1N1 influenza across the country, SMCC has gathered a short list of flu experts who are available to answer media questions. If you are […]

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