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Coming up for air: Extinct sea scorpions could breathe out of...

Scientists have long debated the respiratory workings of sea scorpions, but a new discovery by a West Virginia University geologist concludes that these largely...

Mammoth graveyard unearthed at Mexico’s new airport

Archaeologists in hard hats and face masks carefully remove earth from around enormous bones at the site of Mexico City's new airport, where construction...

New fossil ape discovered in India

A 13-million-year-old fossil unearthed in northern India comes from a newly discovered ape, the earliest known ancestor of the modern-day gibbon. The discovery by...

True size of prehistoric mega-shark finally revealed

To date only the length of the legendary giant shark Megalodon had been estimated. But now, a new study led by the University of...

Newly discovered rare dinosaur embryos show sauropods had rhino-like horns

An incredibly rare dinosaur embryo discovered perfectly preserved inside its egg has shown scientists new details of the development and appearance of sauropods which...

How to weigh a dinosaur

How do you weigh a long-extinct dinosaur? A couple of ways, as it turns out, neither of which involve actual weighing -- but according...

Using math to examine the sex differences in dinosaurs

Male lions typically have manes. Male peacocks have six-foot-long tail feathers. Female eagles and hawks can be about 30% bigger than males. But if...

A Bizarre Half Billion-Year Old Worm with Tentacles Solves Evolutionary Mystery

New research undertaken by scientists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and University of Montreal, has uncovered fossils...

First 3D look at an embryonic sauropod dinosaur reveals unexpected facial...

About 25 years ago, researchers discovered the first dinosaur embryos in an enormous nesting ground of titanosaurian dinosaurs that lived about 80 million years...

Fossil evidence of ‘hibernation-like’ state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal

Hibernation is a familiar feature on Earth today. Many animals -- especially those that live close to or within polar regions -- hibernate to...

Scelidosaurus : First complete dinosaur skeleton ever found is ready for...

The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified has finally been studied in detail and found its place in the dinosaur family tree, completing a...

Ichthyosaur’s last meal is evidence of Triassic megapredation

Some 240 million years ago, a dolphin-like ichthyosaur ripped to pieces and swallowed another marine reptile only a little smaller than itself. Then it...

How dinosaur research can help medicine

The intervertebral discs connect the vertebrae and give the spine its mobility. The disc consists of a cartilaginous fibrous ring and a gelatinous core...

Cliff collapse reveals 313-million-year-old fossil footprints in Grand Canyon National Park

Paleontological research has confirmed a series of recently discovered fossils tracks are the oldest recorded tracks of their kind to date within Grand Canyon...

Dinosaurs’ unique bone structure key to carrying weight

Weighing up to 8,000 pounds, hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs were among the largest dinosaurs to roam the Earth. How did the skeletons of these...

Fossils reveal diversity of animal life roaming Europe 2 million years...

A re-analysis of fossils from one of Europe's most significant paleontological sites reveals a wide diversity of animal species, including a large terrestrial monkey,...

Life in a nutshell: New species found in the carapace of...

While paleontologists have a wealth of vertebrate fossils at their disposal, their knowledge of the ecology of ancient extinct species, particularly regarding their relationship...

Fossil Pollen Record Suggests Vulnerability to Mass Extinction Ahead

Reduced resilience of plant biomes in North America could be setting the stage for the kind of mass extinctions not seen since the retreat...

Bird skull evolution slowed after the extinction of the dinosaurs

From emus to woodpeckers, modern birds show remarkable diversity in skull shape and size, often hypothesized to be the result of a sudden hastening...

Fossil leaves show high atmospheric carbon spurred ancient ‘global greening’

Scientists studying leaves from a 23-million-year-old forest have for the first time linked high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide with increased plant growth, and...

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