Exploring Prehistoric Life

Mon, 2018-02-26

A groundbreaking new technique for studying lake sediments can tell scientists more about the frequency and intensity of past and future insect epidemics, their impact on the forest environment and how they are linked to climate change.

Fri, 2018-02-23

The mechanics of a dinosaur’s massive body can be hard to understand because scientists cannot watch them in motion, but birds are helping to solve the mystery that cannot be unraveled with fossils alone.

Fri, 2018-02-23

Ankylosaurs are odd-looking, even by dinosaur standards: They’re squat and fat, with armored backs and, usually, tail clubs. But for many...

Wed, 2018-02-28

Named Trachemys haugrudi, the ancient reptile was a fairly small turtle, not more than 10 inches (25 cm) in total shell length, smaller than the extant red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans).

Fri, 2018-03-09

Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon), meaning "big tooth," is a pecies of shark that lived approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago (mya), during the...

Wed, 2018-03-07

The tiny fossil of a juvenile enantiornithe bird from the Early Cretaceous La Huérguina Formation of Spain is helping paleontologists understand how...

Sat, 2018-02-17

Fossilized footprints from an iguana-like reptile provide what could be the earliest evidence of a lizard running on two legs.

Sat, 2018-02-17

“It was only in about 1998 that the first dinosaurs with feathers, apart from Archaeopteryx, were discovered in China. Since then we’ve had about 20 different dinosaurs with feathers, which almost show a perfect gradation from dinosaurs, which are only just a...

Fri, 2018-03-09

A new study shows how a group of ancient reptiles called captorhinids could detach their tails to avoid predation.

Thu, 2018-02-22

Around 90 million years ago, eastern and western North America were isolated from each other by a salty sea, creating two landmasses: Appalachia and...