Exploring Prehistoric Life

Fri, 2020-02-28

The fossil of a pterosaur, a group of flying reptiles ruling the Mesozoic skies, was named after the flying creatures featured in the popular fantasy world...

Sat, 2020-02-22

They lived on the Earth about 166-168 million years ago, in the Middle Jurassic.

Sat, 2020-02-22

In a new study published in the journal Communications Biology, an international team of researchers radiocarbon-dated an ...

Sat, 2020-02-22

A new fossil study from Stanford University shows extinction was unexpectedly common among smaller sea creatures in the deep past.

Fri, 2020-02-21

The discovery of a new species of prehistoric reptile from Germany is reported in Scientific Reports. The anatomical features of the species, named Vellbergia bartholomaei, add to our understanding of the early evolution of...

Fri, 2020-02-21

One hundred million years ago, a bee got trapped in tree resin. Over time, geological forces converted the resin to amber. Now a scientist arrives on the scene, to tell us this bee’s story.

Tue, 2020-02-18

An international team of paleontologists has unearthed several well-preserved shells and the first known jaw specimen of Stupendemys geographicus, a species of freshwater side-necked turtle that...

Fri, 2020-02-14

In a paper published online in the journal Palaeodiversity, Oregon State University’s Professor George Poinar Jr. described a new family, genus and species of pollen-collecting bee found in...

Thu, 2020-02-13

A team of researchers with Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Universidade Federal do Acre and the Paleontological Institute and Museum has discovered the ancient remains of a giant, extinct, tiny-brained rodent that once lived in South America. In their paper...

Tue, 2020-02-11

An international team of researchers announced that they have discovered an amber containing parts of an "unusually large" ancient bird wing dating back around 99 million years.