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Fearsome tyrannosaurs were social animals, study shows

The fearsome tyrannosaur dinosaurs that ruled the northern hemisphere during the Late Cretaceous period (66-100 million years ago) may not have been solitary predators...

Fossils of ‘giant cloud rats’ discovered in Philippine caves

Rats, by and large, aren't terribly popular animals. But while you don't want an infestation of common black rats living in your house, their...

New insights into mass extinctions

Mass extinctions are known as times of global upheaval, causing rapid losses in biodiversity that wipe out entire animal groups. Some of the doomed...

How many T. rexes were there? Billions

How many Tyrannosaurus rexes roamed North America during the Cretaceous period? That's a question Charles Marshall pestered his paleontologist colleagues with for years until he...

Tiny cat-sized stegosaur leaves its mark

A single footprint left by a cat-sized dinosaur around 100 million years ago has been discovered in China by an international team of palaeontologists. University...

A new look at evolution in the oceans

The first photosynthetic oxygen-producing organisms on Earth were cyanobacteria. Their evolution dramatically changed the Earth allowing oxygen to accumulate into the atmosphere for the...

Extinct Caribbean bird’s closest relatives hail from Africa, South Pacific

In a genetic surprise, ancient DNA shows the closest family members of an extinct bird known as the Haitian cave-rail are not in the...

Europe’s largest meteorite crater – home to deep ancient fungi

Fractured rocks of impact craters have been suggested to be suitable environments for deep colonization of microbial communities. In a new study published in...

Younger Tyrannosaurus Rex bites were less ferocious than their adult counterparts

By closely examining the jaw mechanics of juvenile and adult tyrannosaurids, some of the fiercest dinosaurs to inhabit earth, scientists led by the University...

Rise of marine predators reshaped ocean life as dramatically as mass...

Evolutionary arms races between marine animals overhauled ocean ecosystems on scales similar to the mass extinctions triggered by global disasters, a new study shows. Scientists...

Research shows we’re surprisingly similar to Earth’s first animals

The earliest multicellular organisms may have lacked heads, legs, or arms, but pieces of them remain inside of us today, new research shows. According to...

‘Pompeii of prehistoric plants’ unlocks evolutionary secret

Spectacular fossil plants preserved within a volcanic ash fall in China have shed light on an evolutionary race 300 million years ago, which was...

Asteroid dust found in crater closes case of dinosaur extinction

Researchers believe they have closed the case of what killed the dinosaurs, definitively linking their extinction with an asteroid that slammed into Earth 66...

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...

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