Science News Roundup: Archaeologists Uncover Hoard of Ancient Egyptian Mummies; US FAA delays final SpaceX environmental decision to June 13+

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In an old showdown with sharks, ‘Jaws’ may have doomed ‘The Meg’

An examination of the zinc content in the teeth of living and extinct sharks provides clues to the demise of the largest known shark, indicating that the mighty megalodon may have been surpassed by the great white shark in ancient seas.

The researchers evaluated the ratio of two forms of the mineral zinc in an enamel-like material called enameloid that comprises the outer part of shark teeth. This report allowed them to infer the diet of sharks and assess their position in the marine food web.

US FAA delays final SpaceX environmental decision to June 13

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday again postponed the completion of a final environmental assessment of the proposed SpaceX Starship spacecraft and superheavy rocket program in Boca Chica, Texas, until June 13. In late April, the FAA extended the target date to May 31 for a decision, saying it was “working to release the final programmatic environmental assessment” after several delays. The agency said in April that SpaceX had made several changes to its app that required additional FAA analysis. for the first time this year.

Archaeologists discover treasure trove of ancient Egyptian mummies

Archaeologists working near Cairo have discovered hundreds of ancient Egyptian coffins and bronze statues of deities. The discovery in a cemetery in Saqqara contained statues of the gods Anubis, Amun, Min, Osiris, Isis, Nefertum, Bastet and Hathor as well as a headless statue of the architect Imhotep, who built the Saqqara pyramid, said the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. In Monday.

Archaeologists Discover Passageways in 3,000-Year-Old Peruvian Temple

A team of archaeologists has discovered a network of passageways under a temple more than 3,000 years old in the Peruvian Andes. The Chavin de Huantar Temple, located in the north-central Andes, was once a religious and administrative center for the people of the region.

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