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‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth’s...

A major international study has shed new light on the mechanisms through which earthquakes are triggered up to 40km beneath the earth's surface. While such...

Hummingbird : Smallest Known Dinosaur Found in Amber

The discovery of a small, bird-like skull, described in an article published in Nature, reveals a new species, Oculudentavis khaungraae, that could represent the...

Meganeura : The largest insect ever existed was a giant dragonfly

Meganeura Meganeura is a genus of extinct insects from the Carboniferous period (approximately 300 million years ago), which resembled and are related to the present-day...

Ancient Armadillo The Size Of A Car Discovered By Farmer In...

A farmer has found the 20,000-year-old remains of four prehistoric armadillos that grew to the size of a car at the bottom of a...

Amber specimens reveal origin of long mouthpart of scorpionflies

An international research group led by Prof. Wang Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS)...

Half billion-year-old ‘social network’ observed in early animals

Some of the first animals on Earth were connected by networks of thread-like filaments, the earliest evidence yet found of life being connected in...

Rare lizard fossil preserved in amber

The tiny forefoot of a lizard of the genus Anolis was trapped in amber about 15 to 20 million years ago. Every detail of...

Fossilized wing gives clues about Labrador’s biodiversity during the Cretaceous

A fossilised insect wing discovered in an abandoned mine in Labrador has led palaeontologists from McGill University and the University of Gdańsk to identify...

Early worm lost lower limbs for tube-dwelling lifestyle

Scientists have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer needed. Mystery has long surrounded the evolution...

Fossils help identify a lone ‘bright spot’ in a similar state...

Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) discovered a massive, 7,000-year-old fossilized coral reef near the institute's Bocas del Toro Research Station in...

Vellbergia bartholomaei : Tiny prehistoric lizard sheds light on reptile evolution

The discovery of a new species of prehistoric reptile from Germany is reported this week in Scientific Reports. The anatomical features of the species,...

Egoria malashichevi : Palaeontologists identify new Jurassic amphibian

A group of Russian and German palaeontologists have described a previously unknown genus and species of prehistoric salamanders. The new amphibian is named Egoria...

Fish in the Sahara? Yes, in the early Holocene

Catfish and tilapia make up many of the animal remains uncovered in the Saharan environment of the Takarkori rock shelter in southwestern Libya, according...

Oldest known record of amphibian tracks in the UK

A new paper has revealed an ancient trackway, found imprinted on a block of sandstone from the base of Hardraw Force Waterfall in Wensleydale,...

Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago is oldest record of...

Beetle parasites clinging to a primitive bee 100 million years ago may have caused the flight error that, while deadly for the insect, is...

Argentine researchers find distant Tyrannosaurus relative

The remains of a 90-million-year-old carnivorous dinosaur distantly related to Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in Argentine Patagonia by a team of paleontologists. The four-meter-long...

5,200-year-old grains in the eastern Altai Mountains redate trans-Eurasian crop exchange

Most people are familiar with the historical Silk Road, but fewer people realize that the exchange of items, ideas, technology, and human genes through...

Boom and bust for ancient sea dragons

Ichthyosaurs were fish-like reptiles that first appeared about 250 million years ago and quickly diversified into highly capable swimmers, filling a broad range of...

Extinct giant turtle had horned shell of up to three meters

The tropical region of South America is one of the world's hot spots when it comes to animal diversity. The region's extinct fauna is...

One single primitive turtle resisted mass extinction in the northern hemisphere

Sixty-six million years ago, in the emerged lands of Laurasia—now the northern hemisphere—a primitive land tortoise, measuring about 60 cm, managed to survive the...

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