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558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal...

Oldest known aquatic reptiles probably spent time on land

The oldest known aquatic reptiles, the mesosaurs, probably spent part of their life on land, reveals a new study published in Frontiers in Ecology...

Searching for clues on extreme climate change

The remains of a buried pine forest at the foot of Mont Saint Genis in Southern France yield insightful information on a drastic climate...

Earth’s oldest animals formed complex ecological communities

A new analysis is shedding light on Earth's first macroscopic animals: the 570-million-year-old, enigmatic Ediacara biota. Ediacaran fossils have a slightly bizarre appearance not shared...

Fossils reveal diverse Mesozoic pollinating lacewings

Insect pollination played an important role in the evolution of angiosperms. Little is known, however, about ancient pollination insects and their niche diversity during...

Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution

A new study published today in Nature shows that getting smaller was a key factor contributing to the exceptional evolution of mammals over the...

Half billion year old fossils offer new clues to how life...

Stephen Pates, a researcher from Oxford University's Department of Zoology, has uncovered secrets from the ancient oceans. With Dr. Rudy Lerosey-Aubril from New England University...

“World’s Largest Bird” Ancient bird bones redate human activity in Madagascar...

Analysis of bones, from what was once the world's largest bird, has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than...

Three previously unknown ancient primates identified

Biological anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin have described three new species of fossil primates that were previously unknown to science. All...

Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain...

Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. A newly...

How did alvarezsaurian dinosaurs evolve monodactyl hand?

Digit reduction occurs many times in tetrapod evolution, and the most famous example is the 'horse series' of North America. An international research team...

Rare intermediate fossils give researchers insight into evolution of bird-like dinosaur

An international team of researchers discovered a new species of dinosaur, Xiyunykus pengi, during an expedition to Xinjiang, China. The discovery is the latest...

Two new Chinese dinosaurs discovered

Professor Jonah Choiniere from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa was a leading member of the team and is a co-author on...

228 million year old fossil sheds light on how turtles evolved

There are a couple of key features that make a turtle a turtle: its shell, for one, but also its toothless beak. A newly-discovered...

Amber unveils evolution of ancient antlions

Myrmeleontiformia, consisting of antlions and their relatives, are an ancient group of lacewing insects characterized by predatory larvae with unusual morphologies and behaviors. An...

Enigmatic African fossils rewrite story of when lemurs got to Madagascar

Discovered more than half a century ago in Kenya and sitting in museum storage ever since, the roughly 20-million-year-old fossil Propotto leakeyi was long...

99-million-year-old beetle trapped in amber served as pollinator to evergreen cycads

Flowering plants are well known for their special relationship to the insects and other animals that serve as their pollinators. But, before the rise...

Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach

A rare set of teeth from a giant prehistoric mega-shark twice the size of the great white have been found on an Australian beach...

200-million year old Pterosaur ‘built for flying’

Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power. Neither dino...

Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first

The compounds behind the perfumes and colognes you enjoy have been eliciting olfactory excitement since dinosaurs walked the Earth amid the first appearance of...

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