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Tag: Fossils

Burnt Toast and Dinosaur Bones Have a Common Trait

Burnt toast and dinosaur bones have a common trait, according to a new, Yale-led study. They both contain chemicals that,…

Finding the ‘Breath of Life’ in a Silurian Ostracod

A new animal species related to crabs and shrimp, preserved in 430-million-year-old rocks in Herefordshire, England, presents a rare look…

Evidence Shows Dinosaur Extinction Drove Pulses of Fish Diversification

A research team has found new evidence that fish rapidly evolved in two phases following the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg) mass extinction…

New Identity for the World’s Largest Bird – Vorombe Titan

After decades of conflicting evidence and numerous publications, scientists at international conservation charity ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, have finally put…

Scientists Discover New Species of Giant Dinosaur – Ledumahadi Mafube

A new species of a giant dinosaur has been found in South Africa’s Free State Province. The plant-eating dinosaur, named…

Fossils Reveal New Insight on Mesozoic Pollinating Insects

Insect pollination played an important role in the evolution of angiosperms. Little is known, however, about ancient pollination insects and…

Researchers Discover Two New Chinese Dinosaurs: Bannykus and Xiyunykus

Digit reduction occurs many times in tetrapod evolution, and the most famous example is the 'horse series' of North America.…

Paleontologists Discover First North American Co-occurrence of Hadrosaur and Therizinosaur Tracks

An international team of paleontologists and other geoscientists has discovered the first North American co-occurrence of hadrosaur and therizinosaur tracks…

New Discovery Suggests Humans Left Africa Earlier Than Previously Thought

Ancient tools and bones discovered in China by archaeologists suggest early humans left Africa and arrived in Asia earlier than…

Researchers Identify Two New Ancient Mammals in Bolivia

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and two other universities have discovered the 13-million-year-old fossils of a pair of new…

Amber Fossils Provide Earliest Direct Evidence of Frogs

About 99 million years ago, a tiny juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar was suddenly trapped in sap with a beetle,…

When Did Animals Leave Their First Footprint on Earth?

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong put the first footprint on the moon. But when did animals leave the first…

Earth’s First Diverse Marine Predators Produced Killer Babies

Some of the earliest predators that patrolled the oceans over 500 million years ago are also some of the largest…

Jurassic Fossil Links Ancient Crocodiles With Dolphin-Like Animals

A 180 million-year-old fossil has shed light on how some ancient crocodiles evolved into dolphin-like animals. The specimen – featuring…

Scientists Reveal the First Bird Beak, 3D Skull of Ichthyornis Dispar

Researchers have pieced together the three-dimensional skull of an iconic, toothed bird that represents a pivotal moment in the transition…

Scientists Discover Oldest Directly Dated Homo Sapiens Fossil Outside of Africa

The first Homo sapiens fossil discovery from Saudi Arabia dates to 90,000 years ago during a time when the region’s…

Paleontologists Identify a New Species of Ancient Whale

University of Otago paleontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of…

Scientists Link Dinosaur Expansion to the Carnian Pluvial Episode

It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang – wiped out by a great meteorite impact on…