PALEONTOLOGY

A team of evolutionary biologists at Harvard University, working with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, East Carolina University, Osaka University and the University of Toronto, has reconstructed the genome of an extinct...
Paleontologists at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have discovered that some feathered dinosaurs had scaly skin like reptiles today, thus shedding new light on the evolutionary transition from scales to feathers. The researchers studied a new...

Abelisauroid, a dinosaur with very tiny arms, identified in Argentina

A team of paleontologists from Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and The Chinese University of...

When the first warm-blooded dinosaurs roamed Earth

Scientists once thought of dinosaurs as sluggish, cold-blooded creatures. Then research suggested that some could control their body temperature, but when and how that...

Spiny legged 308-million-year-old arachnid discovered in the Mazon Creek locality

More than 300 million years ago, all sorts of arachnids crawled around the Carboniferous coal forests of North America and Europe. These included familiar...

Study indicates Earth’s earliest sea creatures drove evolution by stirring the water

A study involving the University of Cambridge has used virtual recreations of the earliest animal ecosystems, known as marine animal forests, to demonstrate the...

Fossil captures starfish splitting itself in two—showing this has been happening for 155 million years

One of the wildest wonders of nature is the ability of some animals to reproduce by splitting in half. There is still so much...

Is it a bird or a dinosaur? Fossils from Teylers Museum in Netherlands secretly visit UK’s synchrotron

The feathered limbs, sharp teeth and claws of the oldest known bird-like dinosaurs, the Archaeopteryx have fascinated naturalists and paleontologists including Charles Lyell and...

Discovery of ancient Glaswegian shrimp fossil reveals new species

A short but robust little shrimp may have died out over 330 million years ago during the Carboniferous period, but the rare Scottish shellfish...

US restorationist solves 60-million-year-old dinosaur fossil ‘puzzles’

Before a T. rex can tower over museum visitors or a Triceratops can show off its huge horns, dinosaur fossils must first be painstakingly...

From fossils to fuel: Energy potential of Mozambique’s Maniamba Basin

In the ever-expanding search for energy resources, a new study has emerged from Mozambique's Maniamba Basin. A team led by Nelson Nhamutole, a Ph.D....

Evidence suggests saber-toothed cats held onto their baby teeth to stabilize their sabers

California's state fossil—are familiar to anyone who has ever visited Los Angeles' La Brea Tar Pits, a sticky trap from which more than 2,000...

Researchers spent two years in deep underground caves to bring this extraordinary fossil to light

Pitch-black darkness. Crushing squeezes, muddy passages, icy waterfalls. Bats and spiders. Abseiling over ledges into the unknown. How far would you go for a...

T. rex not as smart as previously claimed, scientists find

Dinosaurs were as smart as reptiles but not as intelligent as monkeys, as former research suggests. An international team of paleontologists, behavioral scientists and...

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