Exploring Prehistoric Life

Mon, 2021-05-24

To understand the origins of our lineage it is necessary to reconstruct the morphology, behavior and environment of the last common ancestor between modern humans and other apes. However, there is no scientific consensus on the phylogenetic positions of the...

Thu, 2021-05-06

A study published in Cretaceous Research expands the paleontological richness of continental fossils of the Lower Cretaceous with the discovery of a new water plant (charophytes), the species Mesochara dobrogeica. The study also...

Fri, 2021-05-07

Paleontologists working in museum collections in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany have identified five additional specimens of a 240-million-year-old ichthyosaur, named Besanosaurus leptorhynchus, which was previously known from a single fossil...

Thu, 2021-05-06

Sahonachelys mailakavava, a newly-identified species of pelomedusoid turtle from the Late...

Wed, 2021-05-05

Paleontologists from the Ohio State University at Marion and Gonzaga University have identified a new species of large machairodontine saber-toothed cat from the fossilized remains found in North America.

Tue, 2021-05-04

Bicellum brasieri, a freshwater protist that lived nearly one billion years ago, had two distinct cell types and could be the earliest multicellular animal ever recorded. Found in the Scottish Highlands, the microfossil reveals a new...

Wed, 2021-04-28

An international team of scientists has recovered and analyzed partial mitochondrial genomes from 1,300-1,400-year-old specimens of Voay robustus, a recently extinct species of ‘horned’ crocodile that...

Sat, 2021-04-24

Paleontologists have unearthed the 67,000-year-old fossilized remains from three extinct species of giant cloud rats in several caves on the Philippine island of Luzon.

Wed, 2021-04-21

Mosasaurus and other mosasaurs ruled the seas for millions of years.

Tue, 2021-04-20

Studies of ancient mammal remains reveal how the planet’s biggest extinction event played out on land and in the sea.