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Topic: Paleontology

Duck-Billed Dinosaur Suffered From Facial Tumor

A facial tumor found in the skull of a dinosaur fossil is the first of its kind ever discovered. What do we know about this ancient animal?

Animals July 5, 2016

Evolution Follows Least Resistant Path, Leads To Suboptimal Physical Traits

A new study found that evolution appears to follow the path of least resistance, which can lead to suboptimal physical traits that do not typically match functional needs.

Ancient July 4, 2016

40000-Year-Old Juvenile Mammoth Named Lyuba Gets Featured In Canadian Museum

The world's only fully preserved mammoth has visited Canada for a very special exhibit this June. Its appearance in the country is a triumph of Canadian scientists' diplomatic and scientific efforts.

Ancient May 31, 2016

Dinosaur Post Stamp Series Depicts Beasts From Canada's Geological Past

A new stamp series from Canada Post depicts five prehistoric beasts from the country's geological past. Each stamp tells a story through the eyes of either the creature's prey or predator.

Animals May 30, 2016

This Newly Discovered Dinosaur Suffered From A Bone Infection Before Dying

A long, long time ago, a horned, spike-frilled dinosaur got struck with a bone infection and died sometime after. Discovered by a team in Montana, the dinosaur is now named Judith. Here is her story.

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

71-Million-Year-Old Fossils Excavated In Antarctica May Provide Insight On The End Of Age Of Dinosaurs

A group of scientists were able to unearth a huge trove of dinosaur fossils in Antarctica. The fossils are believed to be from the Age of Dinosaurs about 71 million years ago.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2016

Primates Stressed Out By Climate Change Altered Human History

Global cooling tens of millions of years ago led to a radical change in populations of primates. These changes may have also altered the course of human evolution.

Animals May 6, 2016

Sarmientosaurus Was Droopy-Headed Dinosaur That Looked Like Eeyore

Sarmientosaurus musacchioi may have looked sad, drooping its head to the ground. However, this dinosaur may have possessed sensory skills that would put other Titanosaurs to shame.

Animals April 26, 2016

Giant Fossilized Tooth From Ancient Killer Whale Found In Australia's Beaumaris Bay

Local fossil enthusiast Murray Orr stumbled upon a giant fossilized tooth along the beach of Beaumaris Bay in Australia. The tooth belongs to an ancient killer whale and is believed to be about 5 million years old.

Animals April 23, 2016

Tiny Rapetosaurus Krausei Sheds Light On Mighty Titanosaurs

A rare fossil of a young rapetosaurus could teach researchers about how the animal lived millions of years ago. What can we learn from analyzing the birth, life and death of this tiny dinosaur?

Animals April 21, 2016

Alberta Scientists Identify New Dinosaur Species With Muscles Fit To Lift Feathers

Scientists in Alberta have distinguished a new dinosaur species with muscles fit to lift feathers, solving a decades-long case of mistaken identity. The discovery can help experts further understand bird-like dinosaurs.

Animals April 15, 2016

Certain Species Survived Mass Extinctions Using Live Fast, Die Young Strategy

A study of ancient fossils reveals that species adapted to life post the catastrophic mass extinction, by enabling shorter life expectancies and early reproduction - 'live fast, die young' strategy.

April 7, 2016

Many Animals May Go Extinct Without Fossil Record: Study

Many animals may vanish without leaving a permanent mark. Scientists studied and compared vital animal databases and discovered that a large percentage of species at high risk of extinction lack a fossil record.

Animals March 23, 2016

Pregnant Tyrannosaurus Rex Discovered - How Can Bones Unravel Mysteries Of Ancient Creatures?

A Tyrannosaurus rex found in Montana may have been pregnant when she died. How can this assist researchers in future studies of the ancient creatures?

Animals March 16, 2016

Teyujagua: A Look At How This 250 Million Year Old Reptile Got Its Name

Researchers dig up a link between dinosaurs and the distant ancestors of the reptiles. They're calling it the "fierce lizard."

Animals March 13, 2016

Discovery Of 250-Million-Year Old Reptile Could Answer Mysteries Of Dinosaur Evolution

A reptile skull from 250 million years before the present day could answer questions about the rise of dinosaurs. What makes Teyujagua paradoxa so special?

Animals March 12, 2016

Complete Fossil Of Baby Chasmosaurus May Help Fill Evolution Gap Of Horned Dinosaurs

Paleontologists in Alberta, Canada have completed the skeleton of a baby Chasmosaurus, one of the rarest dinosaur species to be unearthed. The discovery of this juvenile dinosaur can help fill in the gaps in the evolution of horned dinosaurs, experts said.

Animals January 15, 2016

Museum Of Natural History Unveils Massive Skeleton Of Titanosaur: Dinosaur Among Biggest Ever Found

American Museum of Natural History unveiled a dinosaur simply called Titanosaur. Considered one of the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered, it stretches at 122 feet and said to weigh 140,000 pounds – almost as heavy as 10 African elephants.

January 15, 2016

Newly Named Dinosaur Species In China Has Bow-Shaped Hip Bone

Chinese paleontologists named a new dinosaur species uncovered in the Zhucheng fossil site in Shandong province, China. The partial skeleton of the Ischioceratops zhuchengensis features a bow-shaped hip bone.

Animals January 3, 2016

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Carried A Mysterious Sail On Its Back, Fossil Shows

The sail on the back of a dino found in Spain could have been a natural 'radiator' helping to maintain the creature's body temperature, scientists speculate. Or, like a camel's hump, it could have been storage for fat during lean times, they say.

Animals December 17, 2015

Dinosaur 'Aunts, Uncles And Cousins' Lived More Recently Than Previously Thought

The dinosauromorphs were accurately dated for the first time, by a cross-continental team.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2015

Eggshell Fragments Reveal Nesting Habit Similarities Of Birds And Dinosaurs

A new study in Canada found that the nesting habits of primitive and advanced dinosaurs were similar to those of crocodiles and modern birds, respectively. To find out the link, researchers at the University of Calgary studied the eggshell porosity of dinosaurs and compared them to those of birds and crocodiles.

Animals November 29, 2015

Homo Naledi May Be About Two Million Years Old

A new report revealed that the pre-historic human species Homo naledi may be about two million years old. Paleoanthropologist Francis Thackeray developed a mathematical method to obtain the age of the human species.

Animals November 28, 2015

Researchers Discover 278 Million Year Old Fanged Eel, Other Ancient Aquatic Carnivores In Brazil

Experts recently unearthed several fossils of ancient aquatic carnivores and a reptile that lived in the supercontinent Pangaea several million years ago. The discovery could help scientists understand more about these animals’ way of life, researchers said.

Animals November 7, 2015

Fossil Of Winged Raptor Dinosaur - With Feathers - Is Biggest Ever Found

A winged raptor 17 feet long would have been just as agile and vicious as smaller Velociraptors, paleontologists say. The Dakotaraptor was named for its discovery in fossil-rich deposits in South Dakota.

November 6, 2015

One Of The Best-Preserved Land Dinosaurs Has Been Found

The dinosaur bears a striking resemblance to emus and ostriches, suggesting a close kinship with modern land birds.

Animals November 4, 2015

Paleontologists Find Fossils Of Baby Duck-Billed Dinosaurs In Mongolia's Dragon's Tomb

Paleontologists recently examined the fossils of three baby Saurolophus or duck-billed dinosaurs found in Mongolia's Dragon's Tomb. These paleontologists will piece together how the baby duck-billed dinosaurs grew and developed into adults.

Animals October 16, 2015

Scientists Discover 125-Million-Year-Old Mammal That Likely Suffered From Hair Disease

A 125-million-year-old mammal's fossils were found in the Spanish town of Cuenca. This nearly intact find excites the scientific community with its potential to help researchers gain new insights on prehistoric mammals.

Animals October 15, 2015

Scientists Take Dinosaur Temperatures To Solve 150-Year-Old Mystery

Fossils help researchers determine body temperatures of dinosaur species, helping answer a long-standing question: warm- or cold-blooded? The answer, they say, falls somewhere in between.

October 13, 2015

Woolly Mammoth Remains Discovered In Siberia Set To Be Cloned

Pieces of woolly mammoth skin have been discovered in the Siberian coast. Scientists are determined to make good use of this find in the hopes of reviving the extinct giant.

Animals October 12, 2015

Fossil Find May Solve Question Of When Earliest Birds Took To The Sky

A fossil of a bird wing found in Spain shows anatomical similarities with modern-day birds, researchers say. The 125-million-year-old fossil suggests an ability to fly on a par with today's avian creatures, they say.

October 9, 2015

Hands, Feet Of Human Ancestor Suggest Talent For Walking, Tree Climbing And Tool Use

Fossilized feet and hands of an early human ancestor show surprisingly modern features, researchers say. Feet in particular were more advanced that other parts of its body, they say.

October 6, 2015

Where Did The Enamel In Our Teeth Come From? Turns Out It's A Fish Story

Tough, armored scales of ancient fish sported enamel millions of years before evolution moved it to teeth, a study finds. Most vertebrates sport enamel of some form, while modern fish seem to have lost it, they say.

September 23, 2015

Fossil Find In Alaska Is New Species Of Dinosaur, And A Vegetarian

A new dinosaur species thrived in the cold and darkness of the Arctic region, paleontologists say. Although Alaska was warmer 69 million years ago, it certainly wasn't tropical, they say.

September 22, 2015

Fossil Find Reveals Oldest Known Sea Turtle, A 6-Foot-Long Giant

A fossil found in South America pushes back the age of the oldest-known sea turtle. The six-foot creature lived 120 million years ago.

September 11, 2015

Treasure Trove Of Ice Age Fossils Discovered In Carlsbad Home Construction Site

Ice Age fossils rise from grounds intended for a series of condos and apartments. The development will have to wait a little while longer.

Animals September 6, 2015

Scientists Find Fossil Of 'Chubby' Lizard That Could Be Important Missing Link In Lizard Evolution

Scientists unearthed the remains of a lizard that date back to 80 million years ago. The new discovery sheds light as the missing link in the evolution of lizards.

Earth/Environment August 27, 2015

Salamander Discovered In Dominican Amber Helps Ecologists Reconstruct Ancient Events Of Earth's History

The first salamander ever found preserved in amber puts the species in the Caribbean, where no salamanders exist today. The finding gives clues to the past history of the region's many islands, researchers say.

August 19, 2015

142-Million-Year Old Dinosaur Footprints Found In Germany Give Biologist Glimpse Of Their Social Lives

Tracks show two dinosaurs, one large and one small, on a walk along a prehistoric beach, a researcher says. The two creatures may have been a parent and a youngster, she suggests.

August 17, 2015

Study Reveals Ancient Sex Secrets In The Animal Kingdom

Ancient creatures called Fractofusus were so strange, they were unlike any modern plant or animal. Now, researchers believe they have uncovered secrets of the odd sex lives of these ancient creatures.

August 4, 2015

Sudden Heat Spikes As Part Of Climate Change Did In Ancient Mammoths

Heat, not cold, caused the disappearance of many large species of animals during the last ice age, researchers say. Global warming similar to what is under way today contributed to animals like mammoths and giant sloths going extinct, they report.

July 23, 2015

Close Relative Of Velociraptor Had Wings And Colorful Feathers

Paleontologists working in China dug up the almost complete skeleton of a dinosaur closely related to the popular Jurassic Park dinosaur Velociraptor. The newly discovered species is flightless, even with its feathery wings.

Earth/Environment July 19, 2015

Discovery Of Fossil Of 'Jesus Lizard' Ancestor Intrigues Scientists

A 'Jesus lizard' that lived 48 million years ago was discovered in Wyoming. What was a tropical creature doing in this environment?

July 2, 2015

Freaky 'Smile' Of A Half-Billion-Year-Old Worm Settles Mystery

For decades, scientists literally couldn’t make heads or tails of the worm Hallucigenia. However, the discovery of teeth has finally provided a definitive answer.

Animals June 24, 2015

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