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Fossil colour studies are changing our idea of how dinosaurs looked

What colour were the dinosaurs? If you have a picture in your head, fresh studies suggest you may need to revise it. New fossil...

Ancient die-off greater than the dinosaur extinction

Clues from Canadian rocks formed billions of year ago reveal a previously unknown loss of life even greater than that of the mass extinction...

Filter-feeding pterosaurs were the flamingos of the Late Jurassic

Modern flamingoes employ filter feeding and their feces are, as a result, rich in remains of microscopically-small aquatic prey. Very similar contents are described...

20-million-year-old skull suggests complex brain evolution in monkeys, apes

It has long been thought that the brain size of anthropoid primates -- a diverse group of modern and extinct monkeys, humans, and their...

Making biominerals: Nature’s recipe is old, evolved more than once

In recent years, scientists have teased out many of the secrets of biomineralization, the process by which sea urchins grow spines, mollusks build their...

Scientists discover new way to reconstruct what extinct animals looked like

Scientists could be set to reveal the most accurate depictions of ancient vertebrates ever made after a world-first discovery at University College Cork (UCC)...

Dinosaur brains from baby to adult

New research by a University of Bristol palaeontology post-graduate student has revealed fresh insights into how the braincase of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus developed and...

Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand

The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced...

Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia

The Devonian period, which was 419 million to 359 million years ago, is best known for Tiktaalik, the lobe-finned fish that is often portrayed...

Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya’s fossil treasury

The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note...

Sex appeal helped dinosaurs take flight

Attracting mates with showy displays may have helped dinosaurs develop feathers that let them take flight, according to new research by University of Alberta...

New species of early dinosaur described from South Africa

A new dinosaur species has been discovered after laying misidentified in a museum collection for 30 years. Prof Paul Barrett, a dinosaur researcher at the...

Newly discovered Labrador fossils give clues about ancient climate

The discovery of fossilized plants in Labrador, Canada, by a team of McGill directed paleontologists provides the first quantitative estimate of the area's climate...

A voracious Cambrian predator, Cambroraster, is a new species from the...

Palaeontologists at the Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto have uncovered fossils of a large new predatory species in half-a-billion-year-old rocks from Kootenay...

Colossal dinosaur bone find in France thrills scientists

Scientists have unearthed a huge two-metre (6.5-foot) dinosaur bone in a winegrowing village in southwestern France dubbed a "national treasure" for its prehistoric gems. The...

World’s smallest fossil monkey found in Amazon jungle

A team of Peruvian and American scientists have uncovered the 18-million-year-old remains of the smallest fossil monkey ever found. A fossilized tooth found in Peru's...

Jurassic fossil shows how early mammals could swallow like their modern...

The 165-million-year-old fossil of Microdocodon gracilis, a tiny, shrew-like animal, shows the earliest example of modern hyoid bones in mammal evolution. The hyoid bones link...

Cosmic pearls: Fossil clams in Florida contain evidence of ancient meteorite

Researchers picking through the contents of fossil clams from a Sarasota County quarry found dozens of tiny glass beads, likely the calling cards of...

Strange new species of duck-billed dinosaur identified

The most complete skull of a duck-billed dinosaur from Big Bend National Park, Texas, is revealed in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology as a...

Small horned dinosaur from China, a Triceratops relative, walked on two...

Many dinosaur species are known from scant remains, with some estimates suggesting 75% are known from five or fewer individuals. Auroraceratops rugosus was typical...

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