Exploring Prehistoric Life

Wed, 2018-10-31

A 99 million-year-old beetle trapped in amber offers scientists hints about how Earth’s landmasses were arranged long ago, according to a paper published in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology.

Wed, 2018-10-31

Sometimes hidden clues beneath our feet can reveal intriguing stories about the impacts of environmental change.

Sun, 2018-10-28

This is a modest list of the best paleo-documentaries ever made.

Sat, 2018-10-27

Some 310 million years ago, a reptile-like creature with an unusual gait roamed the sandy expanses of the Grand Canyon, leaving a trail of 28 footprints that can still be seen today.

Fri, 2018-10-26

A new species of Archaeopteryx, the famous “first bird”, has been identified. The discovery supports the idea that Archaeopteryx ...

Wed, 2018-10-24

About 48 million years ago, an owl swooped down to catch its prey, not by the light of the moon but in broad daylight.

Wed, 2018-10-24

Scientists have uncovered the skulls of 38 babies hidden in the ancient fossilized remains of an extinct mammal precursor—the only such fossils ever discovered.

Thu, 2018-10-25

Many dinosaurs were swift and active animals, which is puzzling given that Earth’s atmosphere contained less oxygen than it does today when dinosaurs ruled. They may have thrived in the challenging conditions due to their efficient bird-like lungs, according to a...

Tue, 2018-10-23

“The need to understand strange events like the Carnian Pluvial Episode has taken on new urgency."

Tue, 2018-10-23

What we know (and what we don’t) about the Jehol Biota.