Best of 2017: The biggest, most astounding discoveries of the year

Best of 2017: The biggest, most astounding discoveries of the year





Long ago, a stellar crash revolutionizes astronomy, science finds a new species of great ape, and an ancient pyramid hides a strange void  | 
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BEST OF 2017
|    DISCOVERIES
Long ago, a stellar crash revolutionizes astronomy, science finds a new species of great ape, and an ancient pyramid hides a strange void
|      DINOSAURS      |
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Fossil Find
A long-ago undersea burial and a chance discovery yielded an incredible fossil: a dinosaur called a nodosaur, petrified from the snout to the hips. In May, Canada's Royal Tyrrell Museum unveiled the astonishing find to the general public — but the story is only just beginning. Your support has enabled the National Geographic Society to fund cutting-edge research on the fossil.
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MIND-BLOWING FIRSTS
|    SPACE   |
Pictures Show Birth of Gravitational Waves
The stunning find is already helping astronomers resolve a heated debate about the cosmic origins of gold and silver.
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|    PALEONTOLOGY   |
Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found in Amber
The 99-million-year-old hatchling is the best preserved of its kind.
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New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Great Ape on Earth
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|      ANCIENT WONDERS     |
Mysterious Void Discovered in Egypt's Great Pyramid
The cavity is the first major inner structure discovered in the pyramid since the 1800s.
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