Tag: Alaska

Tons of Dead Seals Are Washing Up In the Arctic and Nobody Knows Why

A dead seal found near Kotlik, Alaska. Image: Harold Okitkun A mysterious string of seal deaths along an Alaskan coastline has triggered a federal investigation. The carcasses of at least 60 ice seals—bearded, ringed, and spotted seals—have been discovered near the Arctic’s Bering and Chukchi seas on Alaska’s western coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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Who Were the Ancestors of Native Americans? A Lost People in Siberia, Scientists Say

A skeleton in Siberia nearly 10,000 years old has yielded DNA that reveals a striking kinship to living Native Americans, scientists reported on Wednesday. The finding, published in the journal Nature, provides an important new clue to the migrations that first brought people to the Americas. “In terms of peopling of the Americas, we have […]

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The Climate Crisis Likely Caused Mass Die-Off of Puffins

Carcasses of tufted puffins, October 2016. Image: Aleut Community of St Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office As many as 8,800 birds in the Bering Sea starved to death in late 2016, in part due to the climate crisis, says a new study. The die-off was catalogued by local volunteers who identified more than 350 carcasses […]

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