Exploring Prehistoric Life

Sat, 2020-06-20

Putting together the history of life on Earth has a major stumbling block: Prior to about 540 million years ago, most life was squishy and microbial, which meant it rarely fossilized. This major blind spot makes it difficult for researchers to study ancient life...

Sat, 2020-06-20

A giant fossilized egg of an extinct marine reptile has been found in the 68-million-year-old nearshore marine deposits in Antarctica.

Thu, 2020-06-18

Two new species of cave dwelling cockroaches have been discovered from a cave in Myanmar. They have been dated to be 99 million years old making them the oldest cave animals known to date.

Sat, 2020-06-13

Every once in a while, Darwinian natural selection stumbles upon the same solution more than once, in a process known as convergent evolution. Here are our favourite examples of evolution making the same creature, or same physical trait, twice.

Fri, 2020-06-12

Fossils show that these fish were armed with a mouthful of awesome teeth. Each of two newly analyzed specimens sports a toothy lower jaw and one giant spear jutting down from its top...

Wed, 2020-06-10

The fossil was discovered 44 meters (144 foot) underground during the digging of a well in San Pedro, around 180 kilometers to the north of the capital Buenos Aires.

Wed, 2020-06-03

The relationship between parasite and host is as old as many of the world's earliest animals. In a new ...

Wed, 2020-06-03

A 425-million-year-old fossil millipede from Scotland is the oldest-known ‘bug’ (an insect, arachnid or other related creature), according to new research published in the...

Tue, 2020-06-02

A 246 million-year-old extinct marine reptile that died with its unborn offspring still in its womb has been identified as a new species. 

Tue, 2020-06-02

Named Wightia declivirostris, it belongs to Tapejaridae, a bizarre group of small- to medium-sized pterosaurs with wingspans of up to 4 m.