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How does a one-tonne dino hatch its eggs?

Most dinosaurs buried their eggs and hoped for the best, but some species—including a few hefty ones—built nests and pampered unhatched offspring much as...

Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later

A new study of marine fossils from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand and South America reveals that one of the greatest changes to the evolution...

Fossil record reveals changes in Earth’s movement and rotation

Professor James Crampton from Victoria University's School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences worked with a research team from GNS Science and the Universities...

Jurassic fossil tail tells of missing link in crocodile family tree

A 180-million-year-old fossil has shed light on how some ancient crocodiles evolved into dolphin-like animals. The specimen -- featuring a large portion of backbone --...

25 years of fossil collecting yields clearest picture of extinct 12-foot...

After 25 years of collecting fossils at a Pennsylvania site, scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University now have a much...

Scientists find the first bird beak, right under their noses

Researchers have pieced together the three-dimensional skull of an iconic, toothed bird that represents a pivotal moment in the transition from dinosaurs to modern-day...

Ediacara Biota flourished in bacterially rich marine habitats

Some of the earliest animals on Earth were soft-bodied ocean-dwellers that ranged from a few inches to several feet and were shaped like circular...

Cracking open the formation of fossil concretions

All over the world, spectacular fossils have frequently been found preserved inside solid, roughly spherical rocks called "concretions." From geologists to casual observers, many...

Dinosaurs’ tooth wear sheds light on their predatory lives

Predatory, bird-like theropod dinosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous (100.5-66 million years ago) of Spain and Canada all relied on a puncture-and-pull bite strategy to...

New ancestor of modern sea turtles found in Alabama

A sea turtle discovered in Alabama is a new species from the Late Cretaceous epoch, according to a study published April 18, 2018 in...

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans

Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size -- by way of extinction --...

Dinosaurs ended – and originated – with a bang!

It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang -- wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million...

First an alga, then a squid, enigmatic fossil is actually a...

A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified -- first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod --...

The secret life of teeth: Evo-devo models of tooth development

Across the world of mammals, teeth come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Their particular size and shape are the process of millions...

Fossil study sheds light on ancient butterfly wing colors

Pioneering new research has given an illuminating new insight into the metallic, iridescent colours found on the earliest known ancestors of moths and butterflies,...

Scientists Understand the Role of Sexual Selection in Extinction

The lengths that some males go to attract a mate can pay off in the short-term. But according to a new study from scientists...

The dinosaur menu, as revealed by calcium

By studying calcium in fossil remains in deposits in Morocco and Niger, researchers have been able to reconstruct the food chains of the past,...

Giant ichthyosaur is one of largest animals ever

The 205 million-year-old jaw bone of a prehistoric reptile belongs to 'one of the largest animals ever' say a group of international palaeontologists. The new...

Prehistoric reptile pregnant with octuplets

Palaeontologists have discovered part of the skeleton of a 180 million-year-old pregnant ichthyosaur with the remains of between six and eight tiny embryos between...

World’s largest dinosaur found in Scotland

Scientists have discovered the biggest dinosaur site in Scotland on the Isle of Skye after stumbling across giant footprints fossilized into coastal rock. The 70cm-wide...

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