Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
An extraordinary find:
Amazing images and GIFs making the rounds on Twitter reveal little-known marine creatures.
An extraordinarily well-preserved fossil of a young sea turtle that lived 54 million years ago contains molecules of dark pigments that would have protected the animal from the sun.
Not without a fight:
In a stunning frog photo recently shared widely from Reddit, a swallowed snake isn’t going down without a fight.
[Full Story: Snake Head Pops Out of Frog’s Maw in Mesmerizing Photo]
Travel to the past:
The VR experience will bring you face to face with one of the most famous wreck-diving sites in the world: the WWII SS Thistlegorm, which was sunk by German bombers in 1941 in the Red Sea.
[Full Story: VR Experience Takes You into Famed WWII Shipwreck]
End of an era:
Thousands of years ago, fallout from volcanic activity may have sounded a death knell for an Egyptian dynasty.
Far from home:
More than 4,000 years ago, ancient Egyptian artisans carved the likeness of a queen into a wooden statue and even bejeweled her highness with wooden earrings, according to a new discovery announced today by Egypt’s antiquities ministry.
[Full Story: Statue of Egyptian Queen Unearthed Near Giza Pyramids]
Resembling a dainty tulip bloom or an elegant white-wine glass, the 500-million-year-old bottom-feeder looked uniquely ready for a romantic evening of sucking up microplankton along the seafloor.
The sprawling stone structures date back thousands of years and drape across old lava fields.
A horrifying first:
Moments after a wild chimpanzee was born, an adult chimp snatched the infant away from its mother and cannibalized it, according to a new study that is the first to document this macabre behavior.
Photos of craggy rock and a time-lapse photo of stars are just two of the winning entries for the “100 Great Geosites” photography competition, held by The Geological Society of London.
[Full Story: In Photos: The UK’s Geologic Wonders]