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
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
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
Scientists discovered the cause of death of the Oxford Dodo that had evolved in Mauritius Island in the 1600s. Dodo models were made and distributed in a number of museums in Europe and other countries to celebrate the extinct animal.
Animals April 21, 2018
Among the 20,000 fossils uncovered at Burgess Shale, one was found to contain soft tissue belonging to a 2-centimeter worm. It gave scientists strong evidence that in their early evolutionary stages, worms had a far different appearance.
Animals January 22, 2018
About 20 to 30 perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs were unearthed from Ganzhou. This city was granted the title of 'hometown of dinosaurs in China' as it served as the breeding ground for a specific type of dinosaur.
Animals January 2, 2018
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
Paleontologists discovered a 508-million-year-old sea creature's fossil in the Marble Canyon in British Columbia. The fossil showed that the creature had 50 legs and 2 giant claws.
Ancient April 27, 2017
After excavating 5,500 bones over the course of 40 years, researchers finally recognize a sauropod found in a quarry in Utah as a new dinosaur species, naming it Moabosaurus utahensis.
Animals April 15, 2017
The amazing finding belongs to an entire collection of dinosaur tracks discovered in the Dampier Peninsula. The gigantic footprint was left behind by a sauropod from the Early Cretaceous.
Ancient March 28, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The dinosauromorphs were accurately dated for the first time, by a cross-continental team.
Earth/Environment December 11, 2015
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
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
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
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
The dinosaur bears a striking resemblance to emus and ostriches, suggesting a close kinship with modern land birds.
Animals November 4, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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