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Waves In Shallow Waters Helped Vertebrate Animals Evolve, Says Study

A new research proposed that shallow, near-shore waters helped vertebrates diversify hundreds of millions of years ago. The environment also explained why there is a gap in the fossil record.

Animals October 26, 2018

Ancient Parasitic Wasps Found Inside Fly Fossils, Named Xenomorphia After 'Alien' Movies

A team of researchers discovered four new species of ancient parasitic wasps while examining fly pupae fossils. The insects were named after the terrifying creatures in the 'Aliens' movies because they also burst out of their hosts.

Ancient August 29, 2018

Paleontologists Bake Synthetic Fossils That Look Like The Real Thing

Using sediment-encased maturation method, paleontologists baked synthetic fossils in the laboratory that look and act like the real thing. How were they able to cram the fossilization process in just 24 hours?

Ancient July 26, 2018

New Armored Dinosaur Species Discovered In Utah Named 'Thorny Head'

A new armored dinosaur species discovered in Utah has been named Akainacephalus johnsoni, with its first name meaning 'thorny head.' The ankylosaurid further confirms that there were at least two immigration events that happened in the late Cretaceous period.

Ancient July 20, 2018

Scientists Discover Oldest Baby Snake Fossil In Amber: Here's Why It's So Important

A baby snake fossil has been found preserved in amber from the Kachin region of Myanmar. The discovery is important because it revealed that snakes may have moved to forests from coastal regions earlier than previously thought, among other things.

Ancient July 19, 2018

A Farmer Unearthed A Rare Fossil Of Elephant Ancestor But Hid It From the Public

When a farmer found the fossil of an ancient elephant species near the Pyrenees mountains, he kept it to himself over fear of amateur fossil hunters invading his privacy. Years later, he finally hands it over to experts.

Ancient July 15, 2018

World’s Oldest Color Discovered In Rocks Deep Beneath Sahara Desert

A team of international scientists led by researchers from Australia found the oldest color in Earth’s geological record. The ancient pigment found in rocks beneath the Sahara desert could be ten times older than the T-rex.

Ancient July 9, 2018

Ancient Human Babies Had Special Toes For Holding On To Mothers And Climbing Trees

The foot of Selam, a 3.3-million-year-old fossil of a toddler unearthed in Ethiopia, revealed that ancient human babies had special toes. Their big toes were curved, allowing them to hold on their mothers' bodies and to climb trees.

Ancient July 5, 2018

Paleontologists Face Hurdle Hunting Dinosaur Amber In Myanmar

A paleontologist reported having difficulties from acquiring significant scientific findings from Myanmar due to the ongoing conflict between the army and rebels. Many ancient species were found preserved in amber from the region in the recent years.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2018

Rhino-Like Mammals Roamed African Savannah Long Before Giraffes And Hippos

The analysis of 55-Million-year-old Moroccan teeth fossil offered an answer to the question regarding the true origin of a certain species that roamed right after the dinosaurs went extinct. These animals are called the embrithopods.

Animals June 29, 2018

22,000-Year-Old Jaw Fossil Reveals Ancient Breed Of Giant Panda

Anthropologists unearthed the oldest known fossil of the giant panda in a cave in Southern China. The remains belonged to a long-lost relative of the beloved bear.

Animals June 19, 2018

Devonian Fossils Found In South Africa Suggest Tetrapods Evolved In Antarctica

South African fossils of prehistoric tetrapods offered new insight on how life started on land. The discovery of the fossils revealed that four-legged vertebrates evolved anywhere in the world and not exclusively in tropical regions as what was previously thought.

Animals June 9, 2018

Scientists Discover Fossils Of 250-Million-Year-Old Prehistoric Saber-Toothed Predators In Russia

Scientists found two new prehistoric species in Russia that date back over 250 million years ago. The discovery will help explain a mass extinction that occurred during the mid-Permian period.

Ancient June 8, 2018

Oldest Footprint Discovered On Ancient Seafloor Reveals What Creature Is First To Have Feet

Scientists discovered the oldest footprint known so far in an ancient seafloor in China. It is uncertain if the organism belongs to the arthropod family, although the researchers believe it could be a bilaterian with paired feet.

Ancient June 7, 2018

World's Oldest Lizard Fossil Found In The Italian Alps

A fossil may make scientists rethink the way that lizards evolved over time. A 240 million-year-old fossil of a lizard was found in the Italian Alps.

Ancient June 1, 2018

Fossilized Skull Of Half Mammal, Half Reptile May Rewrite History

Scientists found a fossilized skull of a reptile-like mammal underneath the foot of a dinosaur fossil in Utah. The discovery may rewrite ancient history, due to its implications on theories surrounding the supercontinent Pangaea.

Ancient May 30, 2018

99-Million-Year-Old Unlucky Tick Bound In Spider Silk, Immortalized In Amber

Researchers have found an extremely rare fossil of a 99-million-year-old tick wrapped in spider silk and encased in tree resin. The discovery reveals the ancient interaction of an unlucky tick and an uncompromising spider.

Ancient May 29, 2018

130-Million-Year-Old Fossil Skull From Utah Reveals New Species Of Mammal Relatives

Scientists excavated a fossilized skull of a new species that could be the link connecting the transition of reptiles to early mammals. The discovery also suggested that the Pangea landmass continued to separate 15 million years later than previously believed.

Animals May 24, 2018

Jurassic Fossil Tail Could Be Missing Link In Crocodile Family Tree

A fossil tail dug up from a mountain in Hungary may have belonged to an intermediary species of crocodile that lived during the Jurassic period. What are this species's features?

Animals May 12, 2018

Tourists In Utah Throw Dinosaur Tracks Into Lake Thinking That They're Regular Rocks

Tourists in a park in Utah threw what they thought were regular rocks into a lake but those rocks turned out to be ancient dinosaur tracks. The tracks were already damaged before they threw them into the lake.

Ancient May 10, 2018

Utah Family Discovers Nearly 16,000-Year-Old Horse Skeleton In Backyard

A family in Utah was in shock to find a horse skeleton buried in their backyard. According to paleontologists, the horse skeleton could be 14,000 to 16,000 years old.

Ancient May 3, 2018

11-Year-Old Tennessee Girl Discovers 475-Million-Year-Old Fossil Of A Trilobite Near A Lake

A young girl discovered the fossil of a 475-million-year-old trilobite near a lake in Tennessee. A professor from the University of Tennessee confirmed the discovery.

Ancient May 3, 2018

Footprints Traced Back To Ice Age Reveal Humans Chased And Hunted Giant Sloths

Scientists have offered an alternate theory on what drove giant ground sloths to extinction. A set of footprints found in New Mexico suggested that humans armed with stone spears may have chased and hunted sloths during the last Ice Age.

Ancient April 26, 2018

88,000 Year Old Middle Finger Found In Saudi Arabia, Possibly Changes Timeline Of Human Migration

A fossil of a middle finger found in Saudi Arabia is the oldest human fossil found outside of Africa and the Levant. This finding could change the scientific understanding of human migration.

Ancient April 9, 2018

This Ancient Monitor Lizard Had 4 Eyes And Lived 49 Million Years Ago

An ancient monitor lizard that lived 49 million years ago had two sets of eyes. This is the first terrestrial animal that is observed to have this trait and scientists made the discovery by reexamining Saniwa ensidens fossils.

Ancient April 2, 2018

3 Boys Find Piece Of Mastodon Jawbone In Mississippi

Three boys walking along their family property in Mississippi stumbled upon the jawbone of a Mastodon. The boys took the fossil to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science where it was verified to be the remains of a mastodon.

Ancient March 29, 2018

Dicynodont Fossils Reveal 'Phantom' Mammal Coexisted With Dinosaurs

Sometimes, the biggest discoveries are found when you take a second look. Such is the case of the dicynodonts or Pentasaurus goggai, which first and only remains uncovered only upon reexamining a fossil collection from the 1870s.

Animals March 22, 2018

520 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Brain And Nervous System Of Sea Monster Found In Greenland

A fossilized brain and nervous system of an ancient arthropod were found in northern Greenland recently. Its simple brain gives researchers an idea of what the ancient creature was like.

Animals March 15, 2018

Ancient Shark Tooth Stolen From Secret Location In Australia

A fossilized tooth belonging to the Megalodon shark was stolen from a secret location in a World Heritage site in Australia. What would a thief do with an ancient shark tooth?

Ancient March 14, 2018

Prehistoric Baby Bird Fossil Could Shed Light On Avian Evolution

A 127-million-year-old tiny fossil of a baby bird could throw light on the evolution of birds in the age of the dinosaurs. The fossil belongs to a group of prehistoric birds known as Enantiornithes.

Ancient March 6, 2018

Ancient DNA Findings Show Ancient Brits Had Dark Skin

After dying 10,000 years ago the face of Cheddar Man has finally been revealed. His face was recreated from the skeleton found more than a century ago.

Ancient February 7, 2018

Unbelievable Spider With A Tail Found Preserved In Amber

A new ancient arachnid was found preserved in amber. It resembles a spider with a long tail, and the good news is that these arachnids were tiny.

Animals February 6, 2018

Confirmed: Life On Earth Started At Least 3.5 Billion Years Ago

Scientists now have evidence that there was life on Earth before 3.5 billion years ago. The confirmation comes in the form of microfossils in a nearly 3.5-billion-year-old rock discovered in Australia.

Earth/Environment December 19, 2017

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

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