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Monster Bird Discovered: Prehistoric Penguins From New Zealand Were As Big As Men

Scientists have discovered fossils of a prehistoric penguin that stood 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds. The newly discovered species was given the name Kumimanu biceae, with Kumimanu meaning 'monster bird' in Maori.

Ancient December 14, 2017

Amber Fossils Show That Ticks Pestered Dinosaurs Just Like They Pester Dogs Now

A team of researchers were able to find a new species of prehistoric ticks preserved in chunks of amber fossils. These ticks, they presume, were highly likely sucking the blood off dinosaurs 99 million years ago.

Animals December 13, 2017

New Species Of Extinct Marsupial Lion Found In Australia

A team of Australian scientists discovered fossil remains of a new species of marsupial lion, which they named Wakaleo schouteni. The animal is believed to have possessed similar characteristics with another species that was unearthed in the 1960s.

Animals December 8, 2017

Scientists Discover New Aquatic Dinosaur That Looked Like A Duck But Had Claws And Teeth Like A Crocodile

Scientists have discovered a strange dinosaur that combined certain traits of ducks, swans, penguins, crocodiles, and Velociraptors. The new species, named Halszka, lived 75 million years ago and is believed to have spent most of its days in the water.

Ancient December 7, 2017

Thornton Triceratops Turns Out To Be Its Rarer Cousin The Torosaurus

The Thornton triceratops isn't what everyone thought it was. After paleontologists got a closer look at the fossil, they found out that it was the bones of the rarer torosaurus.

Animals December 6, 2017

45-Million-Year Old Finger And Toe Fossils From China Suggests Early Human Ancestors Came From Asia

The fossils of nearly 500 tiny fingers and toes of primates, dating back to 45 million years ago, was recently detailed by researchers. The findings have suggested that the early ancestors of humans came from Asia.

Ancient November 13, 2017

Tree Fossils Reveal Antarctica Had Forest Before Time Of The Dinosaurs

The now frozen Antarctica had a forest during the Permian Period, before the time of the dinosaurs. How do ancient polar forest differ with the modern day forests we see today?

Earth/Environment November 12, 2017

Prehistoric Ape Teeth Found In Germany May Rewrite Human History

Ancient teeth were found from the sediments of a river near Eppelsheim, Germany. The teeth are believed to be from a yet-to-be-described mystery primate.

Ancient October 25, 2017

9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth From Unidentified Ancient Primate Found In Germany

Researchers found teeth believed to belong to a mystery primate that could be very distant relatives of humans. However, experts are not convinced that this is another link in the human evolution mystery.

Ancient October 21, 2017

Massive Fish That Eats Prey Like Sharks Found In Nevada

The fossil of the Birgeria americana, a newly discovered fish species believed to look and eat prey like a shark, has been found in Nevada. Learn more about the findings of Swiss and U.S. researchers on the Nevada fossil.

Animals August 7, 2017

Boy Finds 1.2 million-year-old Stegomastodon Bones: Other Chance Prehistoric Fossil Discoveries

A 9-year-old kid from New Mexico literally stumbled upon a 1.2 million-year-old stegomastodon fossil while playing with his siblings. Here are some other incredible and interesting accidental fossil finds.

Ancient July 23, 2017

Here’s How 9-Year-Old Boy Finds Million-Year-Old Fossil In New Mexico

During a family hike, then 9-year-old Jude Sparks stumbled on an Ice Age fossil by accident: a stegomastodon skull. Learn about how the family helped identify the ancient remains, now excavated and being studied.

Ancient July 20, 2017

This Prehistoric Giant Crocodile Had T-Rex-Sized Teeth

Scientists have discovered the remains of a massive crocodile-like creature with T-rex-sized teeth in Madagascar. The new discovery may help uncover the mystery behind the 74-million-year-long gap in the evolutionary history of crocodiles.

Animals July 5, 2017

Neanderthal DNA Points To Proof Of Little-Known Ancient Human Migration

Neanderthal DNA from a femur offers scientists proof that a small human group left Africa and disappeared long before the ancient human migration that spearheaded modern human population. Learn more about the new piece of the puzzle.

Ancient July 5, 2017

99-Million-Year-Old Bird Found Preserved In Amber In Myanmar

The most completely preserved remains of a 99-million-year-old bird was found encased in a Burmese amber. The toothed baby bird provided researchers with evidence of its independence at just a few days old.

Ancient June 9, 2017

Fossils Discovered In Morocco Shatters Our Understanding Of Mankind's Origins

Homo Sapiens remains discovered in Morocco have challenged the accepted view of humanity's origins. The new discoveries predate similar finds by about 100,000 years.

Ancient June 8, 2017

Metro Crew Unearth The Bones Of Ancient Sloth And Bison During Line Work

The crew for Metro’s LA railway expansion project digs more than railway extensions in the past six months. Fossils of two more ancient animals were found under Crenshaw Boulevard.

Ancient June 4, 2017

7.2-Million-Year-Old Ape In Europe Could Be Human Ancestor

The fossils of Graecopithecus freybergi, an ape-like creature that lived more than 7 million years ago, suggest Graecopithecus is actually pre-human and could be humanity’s oldest ancestor. Seen as the missing link, Graecopithecus may have originated in Europe, not Africa.

Ancient May 24, 2017

A Controversial Study Suggests New Origin For Humanity

Most researchers believe that humanity's origins lie in Africa. However, a new study argues otherwise.

Ancient May 23, 2017

Is This 2.4-Billion-Year-Old Fossil The World’s Oldest Fungus?

Scientists discovered what they believe are the oldest fungi fossils in the world. The archaeological discovery, carried out in South Africa, pushes back the timeline of the fungus fossil record one to two billion years.

Ancient April 26, 2017

Fossil Remains Of 430-Million-Year-Old Crustacean Named After Sir David Attenborough

A 430-million-year-old crustacean’s fossil remains have been named to honor the famous British naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The fossil remains may help shed light on the history of the crustacean family.

Ancient March 23, 2017

100,000-Year-Old Human Skulls Found In China Present Mosaic Of Features, Hint At Intermixing

Fossils offer insights into the past. Human skulls believed to be 100,000 years old discovered in China are offering anything but a straightforward look at how evolution occurred in Eurasia.

Ancient March 3, 2017

Ancient Mass Extinction Of Earth And Rebound Of Life: Fossils Prove It Was Faster, Debunks Old Theory

Contrary to the theory that life returned late after the Permian mass extinction 250 million years ago, new fossils found at the Idaho City in the United States have shown that the rebound was faster and a thriving marine life did exist.

Ancient February 17, 2017

Fossil Record Could Aid In Conservation: Humanist Approach To Conservation Discussed By Experts

Experts in different fields believe fossils could give significant clues in the fight for wildlife conservation. Combining paleobiology with conservation biology could provide the best methods for conserving species.

Earth/Environment February 12, 2017

Fossils Of Prehistoric Giant Otter In China Hint Of Convergent Evolution

A prehistoric otter found in China is up to three times the size of modern otters. The discovery offers information on the evolution of these mammals.

Animals January 24, 2017

Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Discovered For First Time: Similar To Crocodiles And Birds

A small clump of fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur has been found near a watery area in England. The fossil shares similarities with the brains of modern-day birds and crocodiles and may have been from a species related to the Iguanodon.

Animals October 29, 2016

First Dinosaur Bones, New Tracks Found In Alaska's Denali National Park

Dinosaur bones have been found in the Denali National Park for the first time. The discovery comes after a group of paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Park Service trekked around the area in July.

Ancient October 20, 2016

Could Dinosaurs Sing? Oldest Bird Voice Box Offers Clues

The voice box of an ancient bird believed to be a relative of ducks and geese hint that the syrinx of birds developed later in their evolution. What does this tell about the sound produced by dinosaurs?

Animals October 14, 2016

Well-Preserved Mammoth Skull Excavated At Channel Islands National Park Puzzles Scientists

Well-preserved fossil remains of a 13,000-year-old mammoth found at Channel Islands National Park are leaving scientists puzzled. The size of the skull neither fits a pygmy nor a Columbian mammoth.

Animals September 18, 2016

Meet The Storr Lochs Monster That Might Make Nessie Swim Away

The fossil remains of the Mesozoic era sea giant Storr Lochs Monster was unveiled on Monday by Scottish paleontologists. Kept in the National Museums Scotland for 50 years, the unveiling of the fossils precedes deeper research plan by a partnership.

Animals September 7, 2016

3.7-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Discovered In Greenland Could Be Oldest Signs Of Life On Earth

Researchers found what could be the world's oldest known fossils. The 3.7-billion-year-old stromatolites may support the theory that life on Earth started immediately after the formation of the planet.

Earth/Environment September 1, 2016

All Because Of A Tree Fall: Anthropologists Identify Cause Of Death For Early Human Ancestor 'Lucy'

It all ended for Lucy after a tree fall. An analysis of the early human ancestor’s bones revealed that falling off a tree caused her death.

Ancient August 30, 2016

Extinct River Dolphin Species Discovered At The Smithsonian

The Arktocara yakataga was sitting in a Smithsonian collection for decades before it was identified. It turns out the extinct river dolphin still has a living relative today.

Ancient August 19, 2016

Fossilized Ear Shows Ancient Toothed Whales' Ultrasonic Hearing Emerged Much Earlier

The ultrasonic hearing of ancient toothed whales may have emerged much earlier than believed, a new study revealed. A well-preserved fossilized ear provides insight on the matter.

Ancient August 4, 2016

New Fossil Discovery Point To Early Animals As Cause For First Mass Extinction On Earth

Fossils discovered in the Zaris site in Namibia offered 'snapshots' of the transition that led to the End-Ediacaran extinction. According to researchers, this was brought about by early animals starting to take their place in the world.

Animals August 1, 2016

Is The Newly Discovered Dinosaur With T. Rex Arms 'Cursed'?

After a long and arduous expedition, scientists from the Field Museum unearthed the fossils of a dinosaur with T. rex-like arms. During the trip, however, a few misfortunes befell the team.

Ancient July 15, 2016

Meet Gualicho Shinyae - The Other Dinosaur With Short, Stubby Arms

Like T. rex, Gualicho Shinyae had short arms that seem to be useless — or are they? What does this discovery teach us about this distinctive body feature?

Animals July 14, 2016

How Did Insects Use Camouflage 100 Million Years Ago?

Insects were using pieces of the natural world for camouflage, even 100 million years ago. What secrets are fossils trapped in amber revealing to biologists?

Ancient June 25, 2016

Giant Beaver Fossil Offers Intimate Look At Ancient Proteins

The fossil of an extinct giant beaver species, which has been sitting for about 170 years in a New York museum, lends new insight into the study of ancient proteins called paleoproteomics. Learn why this young discipline matters.

Animals June 19, 2016

Bizarre Ancient Marsupials Had Taste For Snails

Malleodectes mirabilis was an ancient marsupial with a taste for escargot, which goes back 15 million years. Here is the the story of how this creature was discovered.

Ancient May 29, 2016

Scientists Discover 'Tiny Vampires' That Preyed On Eukaryotes 740 Million Years Ago

Tiny holes in fossils from Chuar Group in the Grand Canyon hinted that tiny vampire amoebas preyed on eukaryotes millions of years ago. The findings may shed light on diversification of organisms.

Animals May 27, 2016

Impact That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Deadly To Antarctic Creatures

The mass extinction event that wiped dinosaurs off the face of the planet likely also killed up to 70 percent of species in the polar regions, according to findings on Antarctic fossils.

Animals May 27, 2016

Seaweed-Like Fossils Found In China Divide Scientific Community About Evolution Of Complex Life On Earth

Seaweed-like fossils found in China suggest that the evolution of complex life on Earth started earlier than previously thought. The discovery divides the scientific community about evolution.

Ancient May 19, 2016

Amateur Paleontologist Discovers New Species Of Dinosaur In Montana

A retired scientist exploring newly purchased land made a discovery of an unexpected sort. He found a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Animals May 18, 2016

Ancient Bone Crusher Dog Ate Like A Bear

Cynarctus wangi is a newly discovered dog that roamed North America 12 million years ago. What makes this find so unusual?

Animals May 13, 2016

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