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Plant fossils give first real picture of earliest Neotropical rainforests
A team of researchers including a University of Florida paleontologist has used a rich cache of plant fossils discovered in Colombia to provide the first reliable evidence of how Neotropical rainforests looked 58 million years ago. (2009-10-15)
Unique images bring fossil insects back to life
A groundbreaking new book that brings together two of the major disciplines behind 'Jurassic Park' is aiming to raise the profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique illustrations. (2014-07-29)
Fossil teeth reveal oldest bushbabies, lorises
A small collection of teeth and jaw fragments sifted from the Egyptian desert has provided the earliest fossil evidence for one of the three major lines of primates. (2003-03-26)
Scientists date prehistoric bacterial invasion still present in today's cells
How long ago did bacteria invade the one-celled ancestors of plants and animals to become energy-producing mitochondria and photosynthesizing chloroplasts? (2013-06-19)
Mystery of how snakes lost their legs solved by reptile fossil
Fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve an evolutionary puzzle -- how snakes lost their limbs. (2015-11-27)
Fossil data plugs 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. (2007-10-02)
New Kenyan fossils shed light on early human evolution
Exciting new fossils discovered east of Lake Turkana confirm that there were two additional species of our genus -- Homo -- living alongside our direct human ancestral species, Homo erectus, almost two million years ago. (2012-08-08)
Team discovers new species of hominid
Faculty members from CWRU's School of Medicine are members of a research team which discovered a new species of human ancestor called (1999-06-18)
Compiling a 'dentist's handbook' for penis worms
A new study of teeth belonging to a particularly phallic-looking creature has led to the compilation of a prehistoric 'dentist's handbook' which may aid in the identification of previously unrecognized specimens from the Cambrian period, 500 million years ago. (2015-05-06)
Cretaceous octopus with ink and suckers -- the world's least likely fossils?
New finds of 95-million-year-old fossils reveal much earlier origins of modern octopuses. (2009-03-17)
Seabed secrets in English clay
An international team of geologists has discovered that Oxford Clay fossil samples show co-existance of oxygen and non-oxygen breathing species, suggesting dynamic periods of climate change may be condensed into the fossil record. (2004-04-23)
Many species now going extinct may vanish without a fossil trace
Scientists struggle to compare the magnitude of Earth's ongoing sixth mass-extinction event with the five great die-offs of prehistory. (2016-03-21)
A well-preserved skeleton reveals the ecology and evolution of early carnivorous mammals
Prior to the rise of modern-day mammalian carnivores, North America was dominated by a now-extinct group of mammalian carnivores -- the hyaenodontids. (2015-12-14)
Scientists discover fossil of giant ancient sea predator
Paleontologists have discovered that a group of remarkable ancient sea creatures existed for much longer and grew to much larger sizes than previously thought, thanks to extraordinarily well-preserved fossils discovered in Morocco. (2011-05-25)
Earliest known fossil of the genus Homo dates to 2.8 to 2.75 million years ago
The earliest known record of the genus Homo -- the human genus -- represented by a lower jaw with teeth, recently found in the Afar region of Ethiopia, dates to between 2.8 and 2.75 million years ago, according to an international team of geoscientists and anthropologists. (2015-03-04)
An important discovery of marine fossils in the upper part of the Permian Linxi Formation, China
Large numbers of marine fossils have been discovered for the first time in the limestone of the upper part of the Linxi Formation in the Guandi section, Linxi County, eastern Inner Mongolia. (2013-12-07)
Lasers clean fossils in no time
A powerful laser could make the task of freeing delicate fossils from the rock in which they are entombed much easier and quicker. (1999-11-02)
UI professor identifies largest known crocodile
A crocodile large enough to swallow humans once lived in East Africa, according to a University of Iowa researcher. (2012-05-09)
Grinding away at history using 'forensic' paleontology and archeology
The Society for Sedimentary Geology announces an unusual paper in their journal PALAIOS that combines 'forensic' paleontology and archeology to identify origins of the millstones commonly used in the 1800's. (2014-06-23)
First dinosaurs identified from Saudi Arabia
Dinosaur fossils are exceptionally rare in the Arabian Peninsula. An international team of scientists from Uppsala University, Museum Victoria, Monash University, and the Saudi Geological Survey have now uncovered the first record of dinosaurs from Saudi Arabia. (2014-01-07)
A new species of marine fish from 408 million years ago discovered in Teruel
Researchers from the University of Valencia and the Natural History Museum of Berlin have studied the fossilised remains of scales and bones found in Teruel and the south of Zaragoza, ascertaining that they belong to a new fish species called Machaeracanthus goujeti that lived in that area of the peninsula during the Devonian period. (2013-06-03)
Study on land plant fossils shows Paleoasian Ocean disappeared about 251 million years ago
A latest discovery of land plant fossils from Heilongjiang, Northeast China shows that the Siberian Plate sutured with the North China Plate at the end of the Permian, and resulted in the final closure of the Paleoasian Ocean (an ocean existed for hundreds of million years in earth history). (2009-12-07)
Chinese fossils shed light on the evolutionary origin of animals from single-cell ancestors
Evidence of the single-celled ancestors of animals, dating from the interval in the Earth's history just before multicellular animals appeared, has been discovered in 570 million-year-old rocks from South China by researchers from the University of Bristol, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and the Paul Scherrer Institute. (2011-12-22)
Turn back the molecular clock, say Argentina's plant fossils
Molecular clocks -- based on changes in genetic material -- indicate much younger ages for a wide variety of plants found as fossils in southern Argentina than do the solid, geologic dates of those fossils, according to geoscientists who surveyed recent paleobotanical discoveries in Patagonia. (2014-12-02)
Scientist uses fossils to prove historic Ohio millstones have French origins
A geologist studied fossils to confirm that stones used in 19th century Ohio grain mills originated from France. (2014-06-04)
Oldest fossil of giant panda family discovered
New fossils found in Spain are thought to be of the oldest recorded ancestor of the giant panda. (2012-11-14)
4 dinosaur egg species identified in Lleida
A study headed by the Miquel Crusafont Catalan Palaeontology Institute has for the first time documented detailed records of dinosaur egg fossils in the Coll de Nargó archaeological site in Lleida, Spain. (2013-03-12)
New evidence for the earliest modern humans in Europe
The timing, process and archeology of the peopling of Europe by early modern humans have been actively debated for more than a century. (2011-11-02)
Scientists discover 356 animal inclusions trapped in 100-million-years-old opaque amber
Paleontologists from the University of Rennes and the ESRF have found the presence of 356 animal inclusions in completely opaque amber from mid-Cretaceous sites of Charentes. (2008-04-01)
Rare fossil of a horned dinosaur found from 'lost continent'
A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by a scientist at the University of Bath. (2015-11-30)
Major fossil find reveals Asian origins of salamanders
More than 500 fossils from a 150 million-year-old Chinese fossil site, many of which preserve exceptional detail, including the entire skeleton and impressions of soft tissues, provide compelling evidence that all the major primitive salamander families originated in Asia. (2001-03-28)
Scientists find evidence of iridescence in 40 million-year-old feather fossil
A team of paleontologists and ornithologists led by Yale University has discovered evidence of vivid iridescent colors in feather fossils more than 40 million years old. (2009-08-26)
Fossils from heart of Amazon provide evidence that South American monkeys came from Africa
The early evolutionary history of monkeys in South America is cloaked in mystery. (2015-02-04)
New fossil study rejects 'Eve theory'
The ancestors of modern humans came from many different regions of the world, not just a single area, according to a University of Michigan study published in the current (Jan. (2001-01-10)
Endangered Australasian marsupials are ancient survivors of climate change
In a new paper, published in Scientific Reports, an international team of researchers has analyzed fossils and DNA from living and recently extinct species to show that conservation sensitive Australasian marsupials are much older than previously thought. (2016-11-24)
Human, artificial intelligence join forces to pinpoint fossil locations
Traditionally, fossil-hunters often could only make educated guesses as to where fossils lie. (2011-11-21)
More human-Neandertal mixing evidence uncovered
A reexamination of ancient human bones from Romania reveals more evidence that humans and Neandertals interbred. (2006-11-02)
Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site
A trove of exceptionally preserved Jurassic marine fossils discovered in Canada, rare for recording soft-bodied species that normally don't fossilize, is expanding scientists' view of the rich marine life of the period. (2017-01-25)
South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative
Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, which last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has discovered another chamber with more remains of a newfound human relative, Homo naledi. (2017-05-09)
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