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Fossil record analysis hints at evolutionary origins of insects’ structural colours

Researchers from Yale-NUS College in Singapore and University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have analysed preserved scales from wing cases of two fossil weevils...

The World’s Oldest Dinosaur Eggs

An international team of scientists led by the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, has been able to reconstruct, in the smallest details,...

New fossil from Brazil hints at the origins of the mysterious...

A new species of Triassic reptile from Brazil is a close cousin of a mysterious group called tanystropheids, according to a study published April...

Coquí fossil from Puerto Rico takes title of oldest Caribbean frog

The bright chirp of the coquí frog, the national symbol of Puerto Rico, has likely resounded through Caribbean forests for at least 29 million...

The first dinosaurs probably didn’t have feathers

Over the last two decades there has been a revolution in the study of dinosaurs after it was discovered that some of these extinct...

Aquatic ancestors of terrestrial millipedes characterized for the first time

Insects, spiders and millipedes make up the majority of all animals on land. While today not many of them live in the water, their...

UNE creates world’s first online human skeleton

In a ground-breaking first University of New England (UNE) researchers have produced the only fully online human skeleton, propelling a traditionally lab-based science into...

Shell puzzle: An additional piece added to the evolution of turtles

The origin of turtles is among the most debated topics in evolutionary biology. In a recently published study in the journal Nature Scientific Reports,...

Annularia paisii : New species of ancient horsetail with gall with...

Evolutionary history of ecological interactions between terrestrial arthropods and vascular plants The interactions between the terrestrial arthropods and vascular plants comprise one of more complex...

Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology

The oldest known animals and plants preserved in amber from Southern Gondwana are reported in Scientific Reports this week. Gondwana, the supercontinent made up...

Sandgrouse : Six million-year-old bird skeleton points to arid past of...

Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found a new species of sandgrouse in...

Palaeobiologists have identified another new species of pterosaur

You wait ages for a pterosaur and then four come along at once. Hot on the heels of a recent paper discovering three new species...

Dineobellator notohesperus : New feathered dinosaur was one of the last...

A new feathered dinosaur that lived in New Mexico 67 million years ago is one of the last known surviving raptor species, according to...

Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils

A team led by UC Riverside geologists has discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most familiar animals today, including humans. The...

Unprecedented preservation of fossil feces from the La Brea Tar Pits

While Rancho La Brea, commonly known as the La Brea Tar Pits, is famous for its thousands of bones of large extinct mammals, big...

Wonderchicken : fossil from the age of dinosaurs reveals origin of...

The oldest fossil of a modern bird yet found, dating from the age of dinosaurs, has been identified by an international team of palaeontologists. The...

Late cretaceous dinosaur-dominated ecosystem

A topic of considerable interest to paleontologists is how dinosaur-dominated ecosystems were structured, how dinosaurs and co-occurring animals were distributed across the landscape, how...

Beetles changed their diet during the Cretaceous period

Like a snapshot, amber preserves bygone worlds. An international team of paleontologists from the University of Bonn has now described four new beetle species...

Darkness, not cold, likely responsible for dinosaur-killing extinction

New research finds soot from global fires ignited by an asteroid impact could have blocked sunlight long enough to drive the mass extinction that...

Ancient shell shows days were half-hour shorter 70 million years ago

Earth turned faster at the end of the time of the dinosaurs than it does today, rotating 372 times a year, compared to the...

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