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Gigantic mammal 'cousin' discovered
During the Triassic period (252-201 million years ago) mammal-like reptiles called therapsids co-existed with ancestors to dinosaurs, crocodiles, mammals, pterosaurs, turtles, frogs, and lizards. (2018-11-22)
Evolution: South Africa's hominin record is a fair-weather friend
The fossil record of early hominins in South Africa is biased towards periods of drier climate, suggests a study of cave deposits published online today in Nature. (2018-11-21)
New research offers detail and insight into deep-time evolution of animal life on islands
A paper appearing in PLOS ONE from an international team of investigators describes two new fossil relatives of marsupials that shed light on how a unique island ecosystem evolved some 43 million years ago during the Eocene. (2018-11-14)
Most complete enantiornithine bird fossil from North America
A 75-million-year-old bird skeleton from a threatened national monument in Utah represents the most complete skeleton ever found in North America for a long-extinct group of birds called enantiornithines. (2018-11-13)
Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions
Today's birds descend from a small number of bird species living before the dinosaur extinction. (2018-11-13)
How plants evolved to make ants their servants
Plants have evolved ways to make ants defend them from attacks and spread their seeds, and this new study shows how it happened. (2018-11-12)
Most complete study on Europe's greatest Hadrosaur site published
The Basturs Poble site (Lleida) is the most important site in Europe when it comes to hadrosaur remains. (2018-11-08)
Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish to shallow ocean waters
Coral reefs are envisioned as the seats of great biodiversity, but they may not be where all that diversity got its start. (2018-10-25)
The shallow-water cradle of vertebrate evolution
The first vertebrates on Earth originated and diversified in the shallow-water lagoons lining the mid-Paleozoic coastline, a new study finds. (2018-10-25)
Giant flying squirrel fossil from a Barcelona landfill clarifies the squirrel family tree
A study just published in eLife shows a fossil found in a Barcelona landfill to be about 11.6 million years old -- making the Miopetaurista neogrivensis specimen the oldest-known giant flying squirrel discovered. (2018-10-24)
Tortoise evolution: How did they become so big?
The evolution of giant tortoise might not be linked to islands, as had been previously thought. (2018-10-23)
Oldest evidence for animals found by UCR researchers
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have found the oldest clue yet of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the famous Cambrian explosion of animal fossils. (2018-10-15)
Did mosasaurs hunt like killer whales?
University of Cincinnati professor Takuya Konishi examined the youngest-ever specimen of tylosaur ever found. (2018-10-12)
Newly described fossils could help reveal why some dinos got so big
A new, in-depth anatomical description of the best preserved specimens of a car-sized sauropod relative from North America could help paleontologists with unraveling the mystery of why some dinosaurs got so big. (2018-10-10)
Oldest fossil of a flying squirrel sheds new light on its evolutionary tree
The oldest flying squirrel fossil ever found has unearthed new insight on the origin and evolution of these airborne animals. (2018-10-09)
Lilly Pilly fossils reveal snowless Snowy Mountains
Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia's Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and a lack of snow, in contrast with the alpine vegetation and winter snow-covered slopes of today. (2018-10-03)
Retracing Antarctica's glacial past
More than 26,000 years ago, sea level was much lower than it is today partly because the ice sheets that jut out from the continent of Antarctica were enormous and covered by grounded ice -- ice that was fully attached to the seafloor. (2018-09-25)
Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves
Days after a fire tore through Brazil's National Museum and destroyed specimens of irreplaceable heritage, a team of scientists has quantified the vast number of fossils that sit unstudied in natural history collections. (2018-09-20)
When mammal ancestors evolved flexible shoulders, their backbones changed too
Dolphins swim, horses gallop, and humans walk on two legs -- mammals are able to move in lots of different ways. (2018-09-20)
Breaking down backbones
A new study is challenging the long-held belief that specialization in mammal backbones date back to the earliest land animals. (2018-09-20)
Molecular fossils confirm Dickinsonia as one of Earth's earliest animals
By identifying specific biomarkers preserved alongside fossils of oval-shaped life forms from the Ediacaran Period, fossils from which are typically considered one of the greatest mysteries in paleontology, researchers say the ovular organism is not a fungus or protist, as some have thought, but an early animal. (2018-09-20)
Analysis of global fossils informs evolution of mammalian spine
The three stages of mammalian backbone evolution are far clearer now, thanks to work by a team of researchers that examined fossilized backbones of primitive mammal ancestors and applied novel statistical analyses. (2018-09-20)
Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal
Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago. (2018-09-20)
What makes a mammal a mammal? Our spine, say scientists
Mammals are unique in many ways. We're warm-blooded and agile in comparison with our reptilian relatives. (2018-09-20)
Oldest-known aquatic reptiles probably spent time on land
A comprehensive analysis of Mesosaurus fossils shows that bones from adults share similarities with land-dwelling animals -- suggesting older Mesosaurus were semi-aquatic, whereas the juveniles spent their time in the water. (2018-09-19)
Earth's oldest animals formed complex ecological communities
Ediacara biota were forming complex communities tens of millions of years before the Cambrian explosion. (2018-09-17)
The walking dead: Fossils on the move can distort patterns of mass extinctions
Using the fossil record to accurately estimate the timing and pace of past mass extinctions is no easy task, and a new study highlights how fossil evidence can produce a misleading picture if not interpreted with care. (2018-09-13)
Fossil teeth show how Jurassic reptiles adapted to changing seas
Marine predators that lived in deep waters during the Jurassic Period thrived as sea levels rose, while species that dwelled in the shallows died out, research suggests. (2018-09-04)
Evolutionary origins of animal biodiversity
A new study by an international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of Bristol, has revealed the origins and evolution of animal body plans. (2018-09-03)
Parasites discovered in fossil fly pupae
Parasitic wasps existed as early as several million years ago. (2018-08-28)
Rare intermediate fossils give researchers insight into evolution of bird-like dinosaur
An international team of researchers discovered a new species of dinosaur, Xiyunykus pengi, during an expedition to Xinjiang, China. (2018-08-23)
Discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs by international research team
An international research team today announces the discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs: Bannykus and Xiyunykus. (2018-08-23)
How did alvarezsaurian dinosaurs evolve monodactyl hand?
An international research team led by XU Xing from the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology announced the discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs: Bannykus and Xiyunykus, in the journal Current Biology, which shed light on how alvarezsaurian dinosaurs reduced and lost their fingers. (2018-08-23)
Amber unveils evolution of ancient antlions
An international team led by Professor WANG Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and two Italian researchers found fossil Myrmeleontiformia fauna from mid-Cretaceous (approximately 100 million years ago) Burmese amber. (2018-08-22)
A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth
A new study led by scientists from the University of Bristol has used a combination of genomic and fossil data to explain the history of life on Earth, from its origin to the present day. (2018-08-20)
Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation
Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. (2018-08-20)
Microfossils, possibly world's oldest, had biological characteristics
Scientists have confirmed that the 3.4 billion year old Strelley Pool microfossils had chemical characteristics similar to modern bacteria. (2018-08-16)
New species of rare ancient 'worm' discovered in fossil hotspot
Scientists have discovered a new species of lobopodian, an ancient relative of modern-day velvet worms, in 430 million-years-old Silurian rocks in Herefordshire, UK. (2018-08-08)
No evidence of 'hobbit' ancestry in genomes of Flores Island pygmies
Scientists sequenced the genomes of a pygmy population living near the cave in Indonesia where fossils were found of Homo floresiensis, a previously unknown, very small species of human nicknamed the hobbit. (2018-08-02)
An increase in Southern Ocean upwelling may explain the Holocene CO2 rise
During the 10 000 years preceding the industrial revolution, there was a small but significant increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations which may have played a crucial role in stabilizing the climate of the Holocene epoch. (2018-07-30)
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