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Fossil data plug gaps in current knowledge, study shows
Researchers have shown for the first time that fossils can be used as effectively as living species in understanding the complex branching in the evolutionary tree of life. View News Article (2007-10-03)

Fossils from ancient sea monster found in Montana
A fossil-hunting trip to celebrate a son's homecoming resulted in the recent discovery of an ancient sea monster in central Montana. View News Article (2006-11-06)

Human fossil discovery -- evidence of new Homo species
Two partial skeletons have been discovered in the cave deposits in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site near Johannesburg, in the Republic of South Africa by members of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. View News Article (2010-04-09)

Finding an answer to Darwin's Dilemma
The sudden appearance of large animal fossils more than 500 million years ago - a problem that perplexed even Charles Darwin and is commonly known as "Darwin's Dilemma" - may be due to a huge increase of oxygen in the world's oceans, says Queen's paleontologist Guy Narbonne, an expert in the early evolution of animals and their ecosystems. View News Article (2006-12-11)

Ancient Australian fossils were on land, not at sea, geologist proposes
Ancient multicellular fossils long thought to be ancestors of early marine life are remnants of land-dwelling lichen or other microbial colonies, says University of Oregon scientist Gregory Retallack, who has been studying fossil soils of South Australia. View News Article (2012-12-13)

A new fossil species found in Spain
In the '80s, Spanish researchers found the first fossils of Cloudina in Spain, a small fossil of tubular appearance and one of the first animals that developed an external skeleton between 550 and 543 million years ago. View News Article (2010-03-26)

New evidence links humans to megafauna demise
A new scientific paper co-authored by a University of Adelaide researcher reports strong evidence that humans, not climate change, caused the demise of Australia's megafauna - giant marsupials, huge reptiles and flightless birds - at least 40,000 years ago. View News Article (2010-01-22)

Scientists determine color of ancient mammals
What colour were the animals that roamed the Earth 50 million years ago? For the first time, the original colour of a fossil mammal has been described by scientists from the University of Bristol, UK and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US. View News Article (2015-09-29)

Unlocking secrets of how fossils form
Fossils tell amazing stories and inspire them, too -- just think of this summer's "Jurassic World" blockbuster.  View News Article (2015-09-17)

Ancient arachnid brought back to life
A stunning video based on fossils of a 410-million-year-old arachnid - one of the first predators on land - recreates the animal walking. View News Article (2014-07-09)

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