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T. Rex couldn’t stick out its tongue

Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. But new research...

Two new creatures discovered from dawn of animal life

Earth's first complex animals were an eclectic bunch that lived in the shallow oceans between 580-540 million years ago. The iconic Dickinsonia -- large flat...

Strange sponge-like fossil creature from half a billion years ago

Scientists have discovered the fossil of an unusual large-bodied sponge-like sea-creature from half a billion years ago. The creature belongs to an obscure and mysterious...

Fossils show ancient primates had grooming claws as well as nails

Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to...

In the gaping mouth of ancient crocodiles

The mouth of today's crocodilians inspires fear and awe, with their wide gape and the greatest known bite force in the vertebrate animal kingdom....

Amber fossils provide oldest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests

About 99 million years ago, a tiny juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar was suddenly trapped in sap with a beetle, perhaps its intended next...

For 100 million years, amber freezes a tableau of tick’s worst...

One day in Myanmar during the Cretaceous period, a tick managed to ensnare itself in a spider web. Realizing its predicament, the tick struggled...

Volcanic activity, declining ocean oxygen triggered mass extinction of ancient organisms

Global climate change, fueled by skyrocketing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is siphoning oxygen from today's oceans at an alarming pace -- so fast...

Oldest mammal in Brazil lived in the age of dinosaurs

Brasilestes stardusti is the name given to the oldest known mammal found in Brazil. It lived in what is now the northwest of São...

‘Monstrous’ new Russian saber-tooth fossils clarify early evolution of mammal lineage

Fossils representing two new species of saber-toothed prehistoric predators have been described by researchers from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, USA)...

Tiny paragliding beetle that lived with dinosaurs discovered in amber, named...

Featherwing beetles are smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. They get their name from the feathery fringe on their wings...

Jurassic diet: Why our knowledge of what ancient pterosaurs ate might...

Whenever we think about extinct animals we often imagine them eating their favourite meals, whether it be plants, other animals or a combination of...

Researchers report the earliest fossil footprints

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong put the first human footprint on the moon. But when did animals leave the first footprint on Earth? Recently,...

First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle

The first African fossils of Devonian tetrapods (four-legged vertebrates) show these pioneers of land living within the Antarctic circle, 360 million years ago. The evolution...

Red tide fossils point to Jurassic sea flood

Dinosaur-age fossilised remains of tiny organisms normally found in the sea have been discovered in inland, arid Australia -- suggesting the area was, for...

Earth’s first giant predators produced killer babies

Some of the earliest predators that patrolled the oceans over 500 million years ago are also some of the largest animals to have lived...

World’s oldest lizard fossil discovered

An international team of paleontologists, which includes the University of Bristol, have identified the world's oldest lizard, providing key insight into the evolution of...

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid

About 66 million years ago, an asteroid smashed into Earth, triggering a mass extinction that ended the reign of the dinosaurs and snuffed out...

The smallest biggest theropod dinosaur

Spinosaurus is the longest, and among the largest predatory dinosaurs, and possesses many adaptations for a semiaquatic lifestyle. A tiny claw phalanx of the...

Dino-bird dandruff research head and shoulders above rest

Palaeontologists from University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have discovered 125 million-year-old dandruff preserved amongst the plumage of feathered dinosaurs and early birds, revealing...

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