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Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature

How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving...

Fossil deposit is much richer than expected

It has long been known that a quarry near the Dutch town of Winterswijk is an Eldorado for fossil lovers. But even connoisseurs will...

Reconstruction of trilobite ancestral range in the southern hemisphere

The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record dates to 521 million years ago in the oceans of the Cambrian Period, when the...

Thin layers of sediment point to early arrival of life on...

New clues emerging from fossils found in the oldest soils on Earth suggest that multicellular, land-dwelling organisms possibly emerged much earlier than thought. The evidence...

Medical scanner helps to unlock the mysteries of a giant prehistoric...

A nearly metre-long skull of a giant fossil marine ichthyosaur found in a farmer's field more than 60 years ago has been studied for...

Newborn insects trapped in amber show first evidence of how to...

Fossilised newborns, egg shells, and egg bursters preserved together in amber provide the first direct evidence of how insects hatched in deep time, according...

Mammalian diversification after extinction of the dinosaurs

Mass extinction typically conjures up a picture of a meteor falling to Earth and decimating the dinosaurs along with everything else. However, this is...

The oldest large-sized predatory dinosaur comes from the Italian Alps

Early Jurassic predatory dinosaurs are very rare, and mostly small in size. Saltriovenator zanellai, a new genus and species described in the peer-reviewed journal...

450 fossilized millipedes found in 100-million-year-old amber

Since the success of the Jurassic Park film series, it is widely known that insects from the Age of the Dinosaurs can be found...

Huge armored dinosaurs battled overheating with nasal air-conditioning

Being a gigantic dinosaur presented some challenges, such as overheating in the Cretaceous sun and frying your brain. Researchers from Ohio University and NYITCOM...

Spectacular flying reptiles soared over Britain’s tropical Jurassic past

Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks to a palaeontology student's PhD research. Dr...

‘Treasure trove’ of dinosaur footprints found in southern England

More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints -- made by at least seven different species -- have been uncovered in East Sussex, representing the most...

Early animals: Death near the shoreline, not life on land

Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils -- the tracks and trails left...

Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought

Scientists have described a fossil plant species that suggests flowers bloomed in the Early Jurassic, more than 174 million years ago, according to new...

Horned dinosaur Crittendenceratops discovered in Arizona

Palentologists are announcing a new dinosaur discovery in the southwest United States. Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii is a new ceratopsid (horned) dinosaur from 73-million-year-old (Late Cretaceous)...

New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years

An international team of palaeontologists, which includes the University of Bristol, has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers,...

Scientists discover how birds and dinosaurs evolved to dazzle with colourful...

Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to a new study of feathers from...

Tiny Australian wallaby the last living link to extinct giant kangaroos

A Queensland University of Technology (QUT) led collaboration with University of Adelaide reveals that Australia's pint-sized banded hare-wallaby is the closest living relative of...

Scientists find new giant dinosaur

Paleontologists from Russia have described a new dinosaur, the Volgatitan. Seven of its fossilized vertebrae, buried in the ground for about 130 million years,...

Enhancing our vision of the past

An international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Bristol have advanced our understanding of how ancient animals saw the world...

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