Exploring Prehistoric Life

Wed, 2018-12-12

The carbon composition of enamel in early hominin teeth, supported by soil sample evidence, suggests our ancestors were dietary generalists, able to eat a wide variety of plants that grow in both semi-arid and wooded areas.

Tue, 2018-12-11

Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to a new study of feathers from almost 100 modern bird species, scientists have gained new insights into how this colour diversity evolved....

Sun, 2018-12-09

One of the best-known fossils in paleontology, a virtually complete skeleton nicknamed "Little Foot", could actually represent an entirely new species of early human, scientists have announced.

Tue, 2018-12-04

Maiabalaena nesbittae represents a surprising intermediate stage between modern filter-feeding whales and their toothed ancestors. Instead, the 15-...

Sat, 2018-12-01

Fifty years ago, as astronauts trained for the Apollo 11 moon mission, Earth-bound geologists at the Museum of Northern Arizona trained for an expedition that would rock the world of paleontology.

Sat, 2018-12-01

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is expansive — a person could spend hours walking the different exhibitions. But what's on display is only a...

Fri, 2018-11-30

A closer examination of a fossil found more than four decades ago has led to the identification of a new species of whale—a 33-million-year-old cetacean featuring neither teeth nor baleen.

Sat, 2018-12-01

Utah is home to the most dinosaur fossils on the planet – and Grand is home to more fossils than any other county in the state.

Thu, 2018-11-29

Now improved dating of fossils suggests that the species survived in Eastern Europe and Central Asia until at least 39,000 years ago, overlapping in time with the existence of early modern humans.

Wed, 2018-11-28

The first DNA tests on Siberian unicorns have shown that the 4-ton animal lived at the same time as modern humans, according to scientists.

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