Exploring Prehistoric Life

Tue, 2018-04-17

A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified -- first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod -- has been reinterpreted as the preserved remains of a large cartilaginous fish, the group that includes sharks and rays. Researchers now...

Wed, 2018-04-18

Paleontologists believe that all non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out when a giant asteroid or comet collided with...

Mon, 2018-04-16

The Trump administration's move to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent jeopardizes future research and excavation in one of the densest fossil troves in the world, according to scientists who work in the region...

Sat, 2018-04-14

Here's a brainteaser: Do the 520-million-year-old fossils of an ancient, bug-like creature actually show a silhouette of its brains? Or are these blobby shapes in its head merely fossilized bacteria?

Sat, 2018-04-14

New research by a team of scientists from the University of Exeter and elsewhere offers an illuminating insight into iridescent colors found on the earliest known lepidopterans, which lived on our planet 200 million years ago (...

Fri, 2018-04-13

Around 100 million years ago, large carnivorous dinosaurs and reptiles dominated the landscape in what we now call Africa. But how were so many fearsome predators able to exist side by side without outcompeting one another?

Fri, 2018-04-13

252 million years ago, the Permian extinction wiped out much of the life on Earth. Unlike the...

Thu, 2018-04-12

A handful of tiny teeth have led scientists to identify the most distant ancestor of today's kangaroos. The fossils were found in the desert heart of Australia, and then hidden away, and almost forgotten in a museum collection for over three decades....

Fri, 2016-04-15

To figure out how this evolution occurred, researchers in Chile have manipulated the genes of regular chickens so they develop tubular, dinosaur-like fibulas on their lower legs - one of the two long, spine-like bones you’ll find in a drumstick.

Thu, 2018-04-12

According to a study released this week in the journal PLoS ONE, an isolated bone from the lower jaw of a prehistoric marine reptile found in Somerset, UK, belongs to one of the largest...

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