Exploring Prehistoric Life

Sat, 2018-02-03

On a ho-hum day some 12,800 years ago, the Earth had emerged from another ice age. Things were warming up, and the glaciers had retreated.

Sat, 2018-02-03

The 200 million-year-old specimen is only the second known example of Wahlisaurus massarae, a species of ichthyosaur announced recently by a University of Manchester paleontologist.

Sat, 2018-02-03

A slab of sandstone discovered at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center contains at least 70 mammal and dinosaur tracks from more than 100 million years ago, according to a new paper published Jan. 31 in the journal Scientific Reports...

Sat, 2018-02-03

Edmonton paleontologists are crediting a keen-eyed tourist for spotting a never-before-seen fish fossil in flagstones outside a Colombian monastery.

Tue, 2018-02-13

In this article, we discuss the nature of North America in the Late Cretaceous Period. Between 100 and 70 million years ago, the entire continent was divided by a...

Wed, 2018-01-31

The location, called Sirius Passet in Peary Land in the far north of Greenland, has been known as an early Cambrian fossil site, but it lies close to a geological fold belt. Having been heated to 200° C or more by metamorphism, most of the fossils at Sirius Passet have...

Tue, 2018-01-30

 A new species of bristle worm that lived about 508 million years ago (Cambrian period) has been identified from fossils found in...

Tue, 2018-01-23

The biggest discoveries can be made by the unlikeliest of scientists, like a volunteer sifting through desert rocks.

Thu, 2018-01-25

A new study based on recent findings might shed a new light on annelids (ringed worms). Researchers now have solid evidence that these animals developed heads more than 500 million years ago. An extremely well-preserved fossil also suggests how the head...

Mon, 2018-01-22

Scientists say the fossilized remains of a brittle star that lived 435 million years ago belong to a new species.