No, it’s not the mythical Loch Ness monster, but 170 million years ago Dearcmhara shawcrossi prowled the warm coastal waters of Scotland in pursuit of fish and other reptiles. Scientists announced the discovery of the previously unknown prehistoric marine reptile in the Scottish Journal of Geology today. An artist’s depiction shows a dolphin-like creature measuring about 14 feet from snout to tail that lived during the Jurassic Period. It’s a moderate-sized ichthyosaur, the dominant marine reptiles that lived in the time of dinosaurs. They were around for 150 million years, until they disappeared about 95 million years ago. This discovery fills in some of the information of the Early-to-Middle Jurassic timeline that has proven hard to crack for paleontologists.
Since Scots decided to stay with the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised more powers for Scotland. Louise Richardson of the University of St. Andrews and David Rennie of The Economist speak with Judy Woodruff about the significance of the vote and what’s in store for the future of the U.K. Continue reading
Voter turnout in Scotland topped an unprecedented 85 percent for a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom. In the end, 55 percent voted to stay. And with the threat of separation gone, Prime Minister David Cameron renewed a promise to grant Scotland more powers. Judy Woodruff reports on the reactions from both sides. Continue reading
Scottish citizens awoke today — if they ever went to bed at all — to the news that their country will remain part of the United Kingdom. A record-breaking 85 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls Thursday to cast their ballots for or against independence, the Associated Press reports. This included a number of voters under the age of 18 — the referendum was the first time individuals as young as 16 were permitted to vote on a major matter of state in the United Kingdom. The majority of residents, 55 percent, voted against independence, while 45 percent voted for it. Continue reading
The Kansas state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor, who dropped out of the Senate race at the beginning of September, will no longer show up on the ballot on Nov. 4. Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach had previously rejected Taylor’s request to be pulled from the ballot because Kobach said he had not given sufficient legal reason for not being able to serve in the Senate. Now, independent Greg Orman has a clean shot at incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, who faces a tougher re-election challenge. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, a British freelance journalist appeared in a propaganda video by the Islamic State. Hostage John Cantlie criticized the failure to prevent the killing of three other hostages by the militant group and indicated he would make more statements on their behalf. Also, Scottish citizens voted on a referendum over whether to break away from the United Kingdom. Continue reading
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland voted to admit women today, by 85 percent of those who took part in the vote. Until now, the 260-year-old club was for men only. Continue reading