Exploring Prehistoric Life

Fri, 2020-04-03

Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found a new species of sandgrouse in six to nine million-year-old rocks in Gansu Province in western China.

Fri, 2020-04-03

The oldest known animals and plants preserved in amber from Southern Gondwana are reported in Scientific Reports....

Fri, 2020-03-27

Paleontologists have uncovered the remains of three species of fish-eating toothed pterosaurs in the Cretaceous-period Kem Kem beds of Morocco....

Wed, 2020-03-25

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

Tue, 2020-03-24

A new species of ancient bird has been identified from a nearly complete, three-dimensionally preserved skull and associated bones found in Belgium. A detailed analysis of the skull shows that it combines landfowl- and waterfowl-like features, suggesting that the...

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.

Thu, 2020-03-19

Like a snapshot, amber preserves bygone worlds. An international team of paleontologists from the University of Bonn has now described four new beetle species in fossilized tree resin from Myanmar, which belong to the Kateretidae family....

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.

Tue, 2020-03-17

The fossilised skin belongs to the Palaeeudyptes gunnari, one of the many extinct types of penguins that lived in Antarctica during the...

Sat, 2020-03-07

Researchers at the University of Bonn are investigating the conservation status of the reptile, which is up to 20 million years old.