Curiosities

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...

Sat, 2020-03-21

New research finds soot from global fires ignited by an asteroid impact could have blocked sunlight long enough to drive...

Thu, 2020-03-19

A topic of considerable interest to paleontologists is how dinosaur-dominated ecosystems were structured, how dinosaurs and co-occurring animals were distributed across the landscape, how they interacted with one another, and how these systems compared to...

Sat, 2020-03-28

The origin of digits in land vertebrates is hotly debated, but a new study suggests that human hands likely evolved from the fins of Elpistostege, a fish that lived more than 380 million years ago.

Mon, 2020-03-16

Last week scientists discovered the first Stegosaurus footprints in Scotland. Which other prehistoric...

Sun, 2020-03-15

The dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago; still, they are the major attraction of any paleontologist. For those who don’t know the scientists who study dinosaur bones (or fossils) are called paleontologists. Yes, Ross Geller’s occupation in...

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