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New ancestor of modern sea turtles found in Alabama

A sea turtle discovered in Alabama is a new species from the Late Cretaceous epoch, according to a study published April 18, 2018 in...

New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more...

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans

Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size -- by way of extinction --...

Dinosaurs ended – and originated – with a bang!

It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang -- wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million...

First an alga, then a squid, enigmatic fossil is actually a...

A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified -- first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod --...

We think we’re the first advanced earthlings — but how do...

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens...

The secret life of teeth: Evo-devo models of tooth development

Across the world of mammals, teeth come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Their particular size and shape are the process of millions...

Fossil study sheds light on ancient butterfly wing colors

Pioneering new research has given an illuminating new insight into the metallic, iridescent colours found on the earliest known ancestors of moths and butterflies,...

Scientists Understand the Role of Sexual Selection in Extinction

The lengths that some males go to attract a mate can pay off in the short-term. But according to a new study from scientists...

The dinosaur menu, as revealed by calcium

By studying calcium in fossil remains in deposits in Morocco and Niger, researchers have been able to reconstruct the food chains of the past,...

Giant ichthyosaur is one of largest animals ever

The 205 million-year-old jaw bone of a prehistoric reptile belongs to 'one of the largest animals ever' say a group of international palaeontologists. The new...

Brewing up Earth’s earliest life

Around 4 billion years ago, Earth was an inhospitable place, devoid of oxygen, bursting with volcanic eruptions, and bombarded by asteroids, with no signs...

Prehistoric reptile pregnant with octuplets

Palaeontologists have discovered part of the skeleton of a 180 million-year-old pregnant ichthyosaur with the remains of between six and eight tiny embryos between...

World’s largest dinosaur found in Scotland

Scientists have discovered the biggest dinosaur site in Scotland on the Isle of Skye after stumbling across giant footprints fossilized into coastal rock. The 70cm-wide...

Extinct monitor lizard had four eyes, fossil evidence shows

Researchers reporting in Current Biology on April 2 have evidence that an extinct species of monitor lizard had four eyes, a first among known...

New Patagonian predator sheds light on mysterious meat-eating dinosaur group

The new predatory dinosaur Tratayenia rosalesi crosses a stream in what is now Patagonia, Argentina roughly 85 million years ago. Although many new dinosaur species...

Researchers investigate ‘baby’ tyrannosaur fossil unearthed in Montana

For now, there are just a few things researchers and students at the University of Kansas want people to dig about the new dinosaur...

Fossils highlight Canada-Russia connection 53 million years ago

A new 53 million-year-old insect fossil called a scorpionfly discovered at B.C.'s McAbee fossil bed site bears a striking resemblance to fossils of the...

New Ornithomimosaur from Arkansas Described

Last week, a new species of dinosaur was described in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The dinosaur, Arkansaurus fridayi, is an ornithomimosaur the Early...

Mass extinction with prior warning

Mass extinctions throughout the history of the Earth have been well documented. Scientists believe that they occurred during a short period of time in...

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