Curiosities

Fri, 2020-04-10

The 2-million-year-old skull fragment was mixed among fossils of two other extinct human species in Africa's 'Cradle of Humankind'

Fri, 2020-04-10

There were two early monkey lineages in South America, not one. One lineage became the adorable platyrrhini and one went extinct.

Sat, 2020-04-04

There’s been an ongoing dispute over what was the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur.

Sat, 2020-04-04

An international team of paleontologists and geologists has uncovered well-preserved fossilized roots, pollen and spores of 90-million-year-old (mid-Cretaceous...

Fri, 2020-04-03

If you cut open a fossil dinosaur bone, you can see lines, just like if you were looking at rings in a tree. Trees rings happen when a tree grows slowly in a tough season like an icy cold winter. You can count the rings to see how many winters that tree has lived...

Thu, 2020-04-02

Genetic information from an 800.000-year-old human fossil has been retrieved for the first time. The results from the University of Copenhagen shed light on one of the branching points in the human family tree, reaching much further back in time than previously possible...

Sat, 2020-03-28

While huge dinosaur skeletons sure look impressive towering over us in museums, there’s only so much we can learn from dusty old bones. But occasionally more striking specimens turn up bearing skin or feathers, encased in gemstones, and even preserving traces of...

Wed, 2020-03-25

Ikaria wariootia, a wormlike creature that lived more than 555 million years ago (Ediacaran period) in what is now...

Sat, 2020-03-21

While Rancho La Brea, commonly known as the La Brea Tar Pits, is famous for its thousands of bones of large extinct mammals, big insights are coming from small fossils, thanks to new excavation and chemical techniques.

Wed, 2020-03-25

Study of isotopes in dinosaur teeth confirm that Late Cretaceous...

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