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Research reveals surprisingly powerful bite of tiny early tetrapod

Micro-CT scanning of a tiny snake-like fossil discovered in Scotland has shed new light on the elusive creature, thought to be one of the...

Statistical study finds it unlikely South African fossil species is ancestral...

Statistical analysis of fossil data shows that it is unlikely that Australopithecus sediba, a nearly two-million-year-old, apelike fossil from South Africa, is the direct...

New 3-foot-tall relative of Tyrannosaurus rex

A new relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex -- much smaller than the huge, ferocious dinosaur made famous in countless books and films, including, yes,...

Oxygen linked with the boom and bust of early animal evolution

Extreme fluctuations in atmospheric oxygen levels corresponded with evolutionary surges and extinctions in animal biodiversity during the Cambrian explosion, finds new study led by...

The fossilization process of dinosaur remains

A study conducted between the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country and the University of Zaragoza has conducted an in-depth analysis of the dinosaur fossils...

99-million-year-old millipede discovered in Burmese amber

Even though we are led to believe that during the Cretaceous the Earth used to be an exclusive home for fearsome giants, including carnivorous...

Running may have made dinosaurs’ wings flap before they evolved to...

Before they evolved the ability to fly, two-legged dinosaurs may have begun to flap their wings as a passive effect of running along the...

Chewing versus sex in duck-billed dinosaurs

The duck-billed hadrosaurs walked the Earth over 90-million years ago and were one of the most successful groups of dinosaurs. But why were these...

Flowering plants, new teeth and no dinosaurs: New study sheds light...

A new study published April 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identified three factors critical in the rise of mammal...

First hominins on the Tibetan Plateau were Denisovans

Denisovans -- an extinct sister group of Neandertals -- were discovered in 2010, when a research team led by Svante Pääbo from the Max...

Australian blue tongue lizard ancestor was round-in-the-tooth

Reconstruction of the most complete fossil lizard found in Australia, a 15 million year old relative of our modern blue tongues and social skinks...

Meet Callichimaera perplexa, the platypus of crabs

The crab family just got a bunch of new cousins—including a 95-million-year-old chimera species that will force scientists to rethink the definition of a...

Rewriting the textbook on fossil fuels

Experts say scientific understanding of deep hydrocarbons has been transformed, with new insights gained into the sources of energy that could have catalyzed and...

These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years

Almost 100 million years ago, a tiny and misfortunate beetle died after wandering into a sticky glob of resin leaking from a tree in...

Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore

Paleontologists at Ohio University have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a...

Gobihadros, a new species of Mongolian hadrosaur

The complete skeletal remains of a new species of Mongolian dinosaur fill in a gap in the evolution of hadrosaurs, according to a study...

Coelacanth reveals new insights into skull evolution

Coelacanth Latimeria Chalumnae An international team of researchers presents the first observations of the development of the skull and brain in the living coelacanth Latimeria...

Small fossils with big applications – BP Gulf of Mexico time...

Geologic time scales are critical to understanding the timing, duration, and connection of geologic events. They are not static, and can be improved with...

Ancient ‘Texas Serengeti’ had elephant-like animals

During the Great Depression, some unemployed Texans were put to work as fossil hunters. The workers retrieved tens of thousands of specimens that have...

Perfectly preserved dinosaur skin found in Korea

Paleontologists are used to finding dinosaur bones and tracks. But remnants of soft tissue, like muscles or skin, are rare and often not well...

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