This Week In History News, Mar. 22 – 28

Published March 27, 2020

Unexploded Vietnam War bombs found, gigantic saber-toothed tiger skull unearthed, worm-like ancestor of all life on Earth uncovered.

Almost Half Of The U.S. Bombs Dropped On Cambodia During The Vietnam War Could Still Be Live Today

Bombing Of Cambodia

AP PhotoU.S. bombing of Cambodia near Phnom Penh on July 25, 1973.

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. dropped some 2.7 million tons of bombs on Cambodia, more than all the Allies combined dropped throughout the entirety of World War II. Worse yet, about 20,000 Cambodians have since died due to bombs and landmines that went unexploded after the war ended.

But now, a team of researchers has found that nearly half of the bombs that the U.S. dropped could still be unexploded today, only putting more lives at risk.

See more here.

Discovery Of 16-Inch-Long Saber-Toothed Tiger Skull Proves They Were Bigger Than We Thought

Smilodon Populator Illustration

Wikimedia CommonsIllustration of Smilodon populator, one of the biggest cats ever known.

During the Pleistocene era some 11,700 years ago, South America was a hotbed of giant predators, among them the Smilodon populator — one of the biggest cats to ever walk the Earth.

Scientists knew that these saber-toothed predators were massive but nothing could have prepared them to discover just how gargantuan these cats could get.

A newly examined skull of a Smilodon populator measured a whopping 16 inches, a measurement that dwarfed previously found specimens.

Dig deeper in this report.

‘Ancestor Of All Animals’ Discovered In 555-Million-Year-Old Australian Fossils

Fossilized Burrows Of Ikaria Wariootia

University of California, RiversideMany experts didn’t think such tiny, prehistoric fossils would ever be found. Fortunately, modern technology proved them wrong.

Researchers have just uncovered evidence of a 555-million-year-old worm-like creature in Australia. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, experts believe this is the first ancestor of all animals — including humans.

This creature is named Ikaria wariootia and it is the earliest bilaterian — an organism with a front and back, two symmetrical sides, and openings at either end connected by a gut.

Read on here.

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