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Mini-Mammoth Discovered on Crete

Adult mammoth the size of modern-day baby elephant

(Newser) - A "mini-mammoth" the size of a baby elephant has been identified on the island of Crete. Mammuthus creticus is the tiniest mammoth ever found, and is another example of "dwarfism" on islands, where scare resources can keep animals small, notes the Telegraph . Fossilized teeth of the three-foot-tall mammoth... More »

6.2 Quake Shakes Crete

No injuries reported on Greek island after powerful quake

(Newser) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the Greek island of Crete yesterday, shaking buildings as far away as Egypt and Israel and sparking panic in Turkish resort cities. Police on the island say they had no reports of damage or injuries, AP reports. "It was a strong earthquake in... More »

Man May Have Sailed the Seas 130K Years Ago

Humans may have used boats as many as 130K to 700K years ago

(Newser) - Humans may have been traveling by sea as many as 700,000 years ago—tens of thousands of years earlier than was previously thought. Archaeologists on Crete recently discovered tools on the island between 130,000 and 700,000 years old. Since Crete separated from the mainland about 5 million... More »

Oxygen-Free Creatures Found Deep in Mediterranean

Species can live and reproduce in Ocean's dead zones

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered the first known creatures that can survive and reproduce without oxygen. The three new species from the Loricifera group were found deep in the "dead," or oxygen-free, zone of the Mediterranean Sea. One of the minuscule animals—approximately a millimeter long—looks like a jellyfish... More »

Greek Woman Torches Randy Tourist's Genitals

26-year-old claims Briton removed pants, forcibly fondled her

(Newser) - A Greek woman is being hailed as a hero after torching a lecherous British tourist’s genitals, the Telegraph reports. A 23-year-old Briton had allegedly taken off his pants and flashed his privates at women in a nightclub in the resort town of Mallia on the island of Crete. When... More »

Snowstorm Wallops Greece

Villages stranded, schools closed, flights canceled

(Newser) - A freak snowstorm stranded as many as 200 Greek villages and halted hundreds of flights yesterday and today in Athens, reports Bloomberg. Power and water supply problems were reported across the country and civil defense authorities were on alert. Up to six inches of snow buried the Greek capital, a... More »

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