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Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin

Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of...

The oldest plesiosaur was a strong swimmer

Plesiosaurs were especially effective swimmer. These long extinct "paddle saurians" propelled themselves through the World's oceans by employing "underwater flight" -- similar to sea...

Fossil orphans reunited with their parents after half a billion years

Everyone wants to be with their family over the holidays, but spare a thought for a group of orphan fossils that have been separated...

Dinosaur parasites trapped in 100-million-year-old amber tell blood-sucking story

Fossilised ticks discovered trapped and preserved in amber show that these parasites sucked the blood of feathered dinosaurs almost 100 million years ago, according...

How much can 252-million-year-old ecosystems tell us about modern Earth? A...

A whopping 252 million years ago, Earth was crawling with bizarre animals, including dinosaur cousins resembling Komodo dragons and bulky early mammal-relatives, a million...

Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules

A scientific analysis of fossilised tree resin has caused a rethink of Australia's prehistoric ecosystem, and could pave the way to recovering more preserved...

New species of extinct marsupial lion discovered in Australia

A team of Australian scientists has discovered a new species of marsupial lion which has been extinct for at least 19 million years. The...

It’s all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters...

A new study led by Oxford University Museum of Natural History has revealed that an extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar...

How the oldest compound eyes were constructed

Researchers from Cologne, Tallinn, and Edinburgh have found out that the compound eyes of today's arthropods are still constructed in much the same way...

Synchrotron sheds light on the amphibious lifestyle of a new raptorial...

An exceptionally well-preserved dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia unites an unexpected combination of features that defines a new group of semi-aquatic predators related to Velociraptor....

Recently discovered fossil shows transition of a reptile from life on...

Using modern research tools on a 155-million-year-old reptile fossil, scientists at Johns Hopkins and the American Museum of Natural History report they have filled...

Litte Foot takes a bow: The world’s most complete Australopithecus skeleton...

South Africa's status as a major cradle in the African nursery of humankind has been reinforced with today's unveiling of "Little Foot," the country's...

Early avian evolution: The Archaeopteryx that wasn‘t

Paleontologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich correct a case of misinterpretation: The first fossil "Archaeopteryx" to be discovered is actually a predatory dinosaur belonging...

Researchers recover more mammoth bones from Chelsea-area farm

University of Michigan paleontologists conducted a second excavation this week at the Chelsea-area farm where the skull, tusks and dozens of intact bones of...

Pterosaur hatchlings needed their parents, trove of eggs reveals

The largest collection of fossilized pterosaur eggs ever found has shown that pterosaurs, the airborne cousins of dinosaurs, could not fly right away and...

Feathered dinosaurs were even fluffier than we thought

A University of Bristol-led study has revealed new details about dinosaur feathers and enabled scientists to further refine what is potentially the most accurate...

New Genus of Extinct Horses in North America

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age. The new...

First Recorded Fossil of Dipteronia in East Asia Reported from Yunnan

Dipteronia (Sapindaceae) is an ancient relictual woody genus in East Asia and is endemic to southern and central China with two extant species: Dipteronia...

Oxygen levels link to ancient explosion of life, researchers find

Oxygen has provided a breath of fresh air to the study of the Earth's evolution some 400-plus million years ago. A team of researchers, including...

Hundreds of fossil tree specimens belong to a single species

Paleobotanist Menno Booi discovered that 250 previously described fossil tree species are objectively not distinguishable and belong to only one single species. Towering clubmosses, primitive...

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