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The Pentagon built with mineralized microbes predating dinosaurs

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State...

‘Rainbow’ dinosaur had iridescent feathers like a hummingbird

Scientists discovered a dinosaur fossil with feathers so well-preserved that they were able to see the feathers' microscopic color-bearing structures. By comparing the shapes...

Digitally preserving important Arkansas dinosaur tracks

Scientists using laser-imaging technology have documented and digitally preserved the first known set of theropod dinosaur tracks in the state of Arkansas. The tracks, discovered...

Scientists have accidentally found the oldest ever butterfly or moth fossils

Butterflies and moths, the Lepidoptera, are among the most beautiful of insects, familiar to almost everyone through thousands of different species from all around...

Tiny dinosaur may have dazzled mates with rainbow ruff and a...

Ancient dinosaurs were adorned in some amazing ways, from the horns of the triceratops to the plates and spikes of the stegosaurus. A newly...

A new species of turkey-sized dinosaur is discovered from Australia

The partial skeleton of a new species of turkey-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been discovered in 113 million year old rocks in southeastern Australia. As...

Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand

The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led...

New depth limit for deep-sea marine burrows

Scientists have found fossil evidence of deep-sea marine life burrowing up to eight metres below the seabed -- four times the previously observed depth...

Researchers show high-performance breathing in bones

"The respiratory organs of vertebrates exhibit a tremendous degree of diversity, but the lung-air sac system of birds is truly unique among extant species,"...

Which came first: Complex life or high atmospheric oxygen?

We and all other animals wouldn't be here today if our planet didn't have a lot of oxygen in its atmosphere and oceans. But...

An adaptation 150 million years in the making

Just how do snapping shrimp snap? This was the question plaguing scientists who set out to uncover the mysterious mechanisms producing big biology in...

A 508 million year old sea predator with a ‘jackknife’ head

Paleontologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto have entirely revisited a tiny yet exceptionally...

Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago

The world's oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a new analysis by earth scientists at McGill University. Based on this...

New ancient dolphin species Urkudelphis chawpipacha discovered in Ecuador

A new dolphin species likely from the Oligocene was discovered and described in Ecuador, according to a study published December 20, 2017 in the...

A hidden diversity of half-billion-year-old microscopic animal fossils

A team of researchers from Uppsala University have uncovered a hidden diversity of microscopic animal fossils from over half a billion years ago lurking...

Oldest fossils ever found show life on Earth began before 3.5...

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed that microscopic fossils discovered in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old piece of rock in Western...

Ancient fossil microorganisms indicate that life in the universe is common

A new analysis of the oldest known fossil microorganisms provides strong evidence to support an increasingly widespread understanding that life in the universe is...

Primitive fossil bear with a sweet tooth identified from Canada’s High...

Researchers from the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County have identified remains of a 3.5-million-year-old bear from...

Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin

Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of...

The oldest plesiosaur was a strong swimmer

Plesiosaurs were especially effective swimmer. These long extinct "paddle saurians" propelled themselves through the World's oceans by employing "underwater flight" -- similar to sea...

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