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World’s oldest DNA reveals how mammoths evolved

An international team led by researchers at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm has sequenced DNA recovered from mammoth remains that are up to...

Proegernia mikebulli : New Australian fossil lizard

Some of Australia's most famous animals—wombat, platypus, kangaroos and the extinct marsupial tiger thylacine—have been traced back to their fossil ancestors in remarkable finds...

The comet that killed the dinosaurs

It was tens of miles wide and forever changed history when it crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago. The Chicxulub impactor, as it's...

The songs of fin whales offer new avenue for seismic studies...

The songs of fin whales can be used for seismic imaging of the oceanic crust, providing scientists a novel alternative to conventional surveying, a...

Neanderthals and Homo sapiens used identical Nubian technology

Long held in a private collection, the newly analysed tooth of an approximately 9-year-old Neanderthal child marks the hominin's southernmost known range. Analysis of...

The Role of Midsized Phytoplankton in Earth’s Biological Pump

Every spring, phytoplankton blooms flourish across the ocean. The single-celled, photosynthetic organisms pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen—part of a carbon...

Diving into Devonian seas: Ancient marine faunas unlock secrets of warming...

Members of Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences are shining new light on an enduring mystery -- one that is millions of years...

Newly discovered fossil, likely subaqueous insect

A newly discovered trace fossil of an ancient burrow has been named after University of Alberta paleontologist Murray Gingras. The fossil, discovered by a...

New light shed on behavior of giant carnivorous dinosaur Spinosaurus

New research from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Maryland, has reignited the debate around the behaviour of the giant dinosaur...

Using 100-million-year-old fossils and gravitational-wave science to predict Earth’s future climate

A group of international scientists, including an Australian astrophysicist, has used findings from gravitational wave astronomy (used to find black holes in space) to...

Leaf fossils show severe end-Cretaceous plant extinction in southern Argentina

The asteroid impact 66 million years ago that ushered in a mass extinction and ended the dinosaurs also killed off many of the plants...

When dinosaurs disappeared, forests thrived

It's known that the primary cause of the mass extinction of dinosaurs, about 66 million years ago, was a large asteroid impact. But the...

The ‘crazy beast’ that lived among the dinosaurs

New research published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes a bizarre 66 million-year-old mammal that provides profound new insights into the evolutionary...

New dinosaur showed descendants how to dress to impress

Scientists have found the most elaborately dressed-to-impress dinosaur ever described and say it sheds new light on how birds such as peacocks inherited their...

World’s earliest python identified from 47 million-year-old fossil remains

Together with his colleague Hussam Zaher of the University in São Paulo, Senckenberg scientist Krister Smith described the world's oldest known fossils of a...

Primitive fish fossils reveal developmental origins of teeth

Teeth and hard structures called dermal odontodes are evolutionarily related, arising from the same developmental system, a new study published today in eLife shows. These...

Research reveals unexpected insights into early dinosaur’s brain, eating habits and...

A pioneering reconstruction of the brain belonging to one of the earliest dinosaurs to roam the Earth has shed new light on its possible...

First-known fossil iguana burrow found in the Bahamas

The discovery of the first known fossil iguana nesting burrow, on an outer island of the Bahamas, fills in a gap of scientific knowledge...

Prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ discovered on English Channel Coast is identified as...

A mysterious small marine reptile dating from 150 million years ago has been identified as a new species that may have been capable of...

Paleontologists find pterosaur precursors that fill a gap in early evolutionary...

Here's the original story of flight. Sorry, Wright Brothers, but this story began way before your time -- during the Age of the Dinosaurs. Pterosaurs...

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