Who was the mysterious gardener Miss Harrison?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Women have gardened for centuries, but the profession was once a male-dominated world It’s a tale of intrigue set at the turn of the 20th century in the seemingly genteel gardens of Victorian Britain. Keen horticulturalists sit examinations in the principles of gardening – from the names and orders of […]

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Earliest animal fossils are identified

Image copyright Ilya BobrovskiyImage caption The affiliations of Dickinsonia had previously been unclear Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record. It’s a 558-million-year-old oval-shaped creature that may have borne a superficial resemblance to a segmented jellyfish. Researchers found specimens of the creature, known as Dickinsonia, that were so well preserved they […]

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Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Wasps, often encountered on picnics, have a poor reputation with the public A new study reveals that wasps are largely disliked by the public, whereas bees are highly appreciated. The researchers involved say that this view is unfair because wasps are just as ecologically useful as bees. The scientists suggest […]

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