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Fossil shark turns into mystery pterosaur

Palaeontologists have made a surprising discovery while searching through 100-year-old fossil collections from the UK -- a new mystery species of pterosaur, unlike anything...

New analysis refutes claim that dinosaurs were in decline before asteroid...

A new study from researchers at the University of Bath and Natural History Museum looking at the diversity of dinosaurs shows that they were...

Henderson island fossils reveal new Polynesian sandpiper species

Fossil bones collected in the early 1990s on Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn Group, have revealed a new species of Polynesian sandpiper. The Henderson...

A 520-million-year-old, five-eyed fossil reveals arthropod origin

Arthropods have been among the most successful animals on Earth since the Cambrian Period, about 520 million years ago. They are the most familiar...

Giant lizards learnt to fly over millions of years

Pterodactyls and other related winged reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs steadily improved their ability to fly to become the deadly masters of the...

Ancient marine predator had a built-in float

About 240 million years ago, when reptiles ruled the ocean, a small lizard-like predator floated near the bottom of the edges in shallow water,...

Researchers reconstruct the first complete brain of one of the oldest...

The study of the brain of extinct organisms sheds lights on their behaviors. However, soft tissues, like the brain, are not usually preserved for...

Fossil poop shows fishy lunches from 200 million years ago

A new study of coprolites, fossil poop, shows the detail of food webs in the ancient shallow seas around Bristol in south-west England. One...

New species of ancient cynodont, 220 million years old, discovered

Fossilized jaw bone fragments of a rat-like creature found at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona last year by a Virginia Tech College...

Lizard skull fossil is new and ‘perplexing’ extinct species

In 2017, while browsing the fossil collections of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, University of Texas at Austin graduate student Simon Scarpetta came...

These two bird-sized dinosaurs evolved the ability to glide, but weren’t...

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived,...

African crocodiles lived in Spain six million years ago

Millions of years ago, several species of crocodiles of different genera and characteristics inhabited Europe and sometimes even coexisted. But among all these species,...

Tooth marks and lost teeth offer insights into dinosaur feeding behavior

The carcass of a large long-necked dinosaur in the Junggar Basin in northwestern China served as food for several other dinosaurs, Tübingen paleontologists say,...

Ancient tiny teeth reveal first mammals lived more like reptiles

Pioneering analysis of 200 million-year-old teeth belonging to the earliest mammals suggests they functioned like their cold-blooded counterparts -- reptiles, leading less active but...

Beak bone reveals pterosaur like no other

A new species of small pterosaur -- similar in size to a turkey -- has been discovered, which is unlike any other pterosaur seen...

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona

Researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in eastern Arizona. The new species has been named...

Paleontologists identify new species of mosasaur

A new species of an ancient marine reptile evolved to strike terror into the hearts of the normally safe, fast-swimming fish has been identified...

Scientists reconstruct beetles from the Cretaceous

About a year ago, researchers found fossil specimens of beetles in an amber deposit in Myanmar, thereby describing a new beetle family that lived...

Carnivorous dinosaur had crocodile-like senses

Paleontologists have discovered remarkable evidence of the sensory capabilities in the fossilized skin of a 155-million-year-old carnivorous dinosaur. The juvenile dinosaur, named Juravenator, comes from...

Evidence that prehistoric flying reptiles probably had feathers refuted

The debate about when dinosaurs developed feathers has taken a new turn with a paper refuting earlier claims that feathers were also found on...

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