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Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life
Long before tourists arrived in the Bahamas, ancient visitors took up residence in this archipelago off Florida's coast and left remains offering stark evidence that the arrival of humans can permanently change -- and eliminate -- life on what had been isolated islands, says a University of Florida researcher. (2007-12-03)
Size did matter
The mystery of giant sperm present in some living animal groups today has taken on a new dimension. (2009-06-18)
JCU team says hominid lived alongside modern humans
James Cook University scientists have discovered that primitive hominids lived in Africa at the same time as humans -- the first time this has been established. (2017-05-09)
South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought
Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family that also includes potatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias and tomatoes existed 52 million years ago, long before the dates previously ascribed to these species, according to an international team of scientists. (2017-01-05)
Jurassic pain: Giant 'flea-like' insects plagued dinosaurs 165 million years ago
It takes a gutsy insect to sneak up on a huge dinosaur while it sleeps, crawl onto its soft underbelly and give it a bite that might have felt like a needle going in -- but giant (2012-05-01)
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
Around 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous period, a giant asteroid crashed into the present-day Gulf of Mexico, leading to the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs. (2017-05-11)
Smithsonian collaborates with paleontologist team to reveal new large, feathered dinosaur
A team of scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the University of Utah has described an unusual bird-like dinosaur previously unknown to science, resembling a cross between a modern emu and a reptile. (2014-03-19)
Mysterious mountain dino may be a new species
A partial dinosaur skeleton unearthed in 1971 from a remote British Columbia site is the first ever found in Canadian mountains and may represent a new species. (2008-06-12)
Researchers ID pigment from fossils, revealing color of extinct animals
Scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Bristol have revealed how pigment can be detected in mammal fossils, a discovery that may end the guesswork in determining the colors of long extinct species. (2015-09-28)
University of Tennessee scientist: Flowers' rapid growth rate can be traced back 65 million years
A University of Tennessee researcher has determined the precise dates that flowering plants experienced two surges in growth during the Cretaceous period. (2011-05-09)
New dinosaurs appear to be oldest yet, as reported in the 22 October issue of Science
The jaws of two of the oldest dinosaurs ever discovered and the remains of eight other prehistoric animals have been unearthed in Madagascar. (1999-10-21)
New fossil site in China shows long recovery of life from the largest extinction in Earth's history
A major new fossil site in south-west China has filled in a sizable gap in our understanding of how life on this planet recovered from the greatest mass extinction of all time, according to a paper co-authored by professor Mike Benton, in the School of Earth Sciences, and published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (2010-12-22)
New Dinosaur Finds In Antarctica Paint Fuller Picture Of Past Ecosystem
A team of Argentinean and U.S. scientists has found fossils of a duck-billed dinosaur, along with remains of Antarctica's most ancient bird and an array of giant marine reptiles, on Vega Island off the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. (1998-02-06)
Fossil find fills in picture of ancient marine life
Paleontologists have discovered a rich array of exceptionally preserved fossils of marine animals that lived between 480 million and 472 million years ago, during the early part of a period known as the Ordovician. (2010-05-13)
Fossils suggest earlier land-water transition of tetrapod
New evidence gleaned from CT scans of fossils locked inside rocks may flip the order in which two kinds of four-limbed animals with backbones were known to have moved from fish to landlubber. (2009-04-17)
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 (2006-12-08)
Clues contained in ancient brain point to the origin of heads in early animals
The discovery of a 500-million-year-old fossilized brain has helped identify a point of crucial transformation in early animals, and answered some of the questions about how heads first evolved. (2015-05-07)
Mammals first evolved big brains for better sense of smell
Mammals first evolved their characteristic large brains to enable a stronger sense of smell. (2011-05-19)
Student identifies enormous new dinosaur
The remains of one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs ever found have recently been recognized as representing a new species by a student working at the University of Bristol. (2007-12-11)
Museum dinosaur labs draw international researchers
Dinosaur researchers from all over the world use the 3-D Imaging Lab and Histology Lab at the Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University-Bozeman. (2001-03-07)
Was Triceratops a social animal?
Discovering three juvenile Triceratops deposited together in the badlands of Montana is providing new information about this group of ceratopsid dinosaurs: they may have engaged in social behavior for a portion of their life or under certain circumstances. (2009-03-24)
Monkey business produces rare preserved blood in amber fossils
Two monkeys grooming each other about 20-30 million years ago may have helped produce a remarkable new find -- the first fossilized red blood cells from a mammal, preserved so perfectly in amber that they appear to have been prepared for display in a laboratory. (2017-04-03)
Anthropologists find 4.5 million-year-old hominid fossils in Ethiopia
Scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and seven other institutions have unearthed skeletal fossils of a human ancestor believed to have lived about 4.5 million years ago. (2005-01-19)
Researchers discover oldest fossil rodents in South America
An international team of researchers have found the oldest rodent fossils in South America. (2011-10-11)
How good is the fossil record?
Do all the millions of fossils in museums around the world give a balanced view of the history of life, or is the record too incomplete to be sure? (2014-09-04)
Reconstructing a vanished bird community from the Ice Age
Visit Peru's Talara Tar Seeps today and you'll see a desert, but 15,000 years ago, the area was grassland and forest, roamed by dire wolves and saber-toothed cats. (2015-09-09)
By crockie, what long, needlepoint teeth you have
An ancient sea-going crocodile has surfaced from the rocks of Crook County in eastern Oregon. (2007-03-19)
Scientists discover organism that hasn't evolved in more than 2 billion years
An international team of scientists has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported -- a type of deep-sea microorganism that appears not to have evolved over more than 2 billion years. (2015-02-02)
Montana State University paleontologist receives major award for protecting fossils on federal land
A Montana State University paleontologist who worked more than 17 years on national legislation to protect dinosaur fossils on federal land has received the Gregory Award for outstanding service to the field of paleontology. (2010-12-06)
Plentiful fossils of dinosaur contemporary allow population study
As a contribution to efforts to create a family tree for all protosaurs, a Virginia Tech graduate student is taking advantage of the plentiful collection of Tanytrachelos fossils at the Virginia Museum of Natural History to study their preservation and population dynamics. (2004-11-01)
Fossils of forest rodents found in highland desert
Two new rodent fossils were discovered in the arid highlands of southern Bolivia by researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Universidad Autonoma Tomas Frias. (2011-08-04)
Paleontologists find fossil relative of Ginkgo biloba
A discovery of well-preserved fossil plants by paleontologists from the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia has allowed researchers to identify a distant relative of the living plant Ginkgo biloba. (2017-03-08)
Coelacanth fossil sheds light on fin-to-limb evolution
A 400 million-year-old fossil of a coelacanth fin, the first finding of its kind, fills a shrinking evolutionary gap between fins and limbs. (2007-08-01)
Sybille Hildebrandt and Chelsea Wald awarded EGU Science Journalism Fellowship
The European Geosciences Union has named journalists Sybille Hildebrandt and Chelsea Wald as the winners of its 2014 Science Journalism Fellowship for projects on palaeontology, geochemistry and the origin of animal life, and on soil sciences and forensics, respectively. (2014-01-10)
Mysterious fossils provide new clues to insect evolution
German scientists at the Stuttgart Natural History Museum were leading in the discovery of a new insect order from the Lower Cretaceous of South America. (2011-07-19)
Paleontological data better than expected
The quality and completeness of the fossil record and its credibility as a source of information about the history of life have been debated since before Charles Darwin's time. (2002-10-25)
500 million-year-old fossils show how extinct organisms attacked their prey
Most fossils preserve the physical remains of organisms and their structure; however, geologists and paleobiologists at the University of Missouri recently collaborated to study fossils that reveal the behaviors of predators preserved as traces in ancient sediments. (2016-02-17)
'Terror bird' arrived in North America before land bridge, study finds
A University of Florida-led study has determined that Titanis walleri, a prehistoric 7-foot-tall flightless (2007-01-23)
Images of 300 million old insects revealed
Stunning 3D images of 300 million-year-old insects have been revealed for the first time by University of Manchester researchers. (2012-09-25)
Binghamton researcher studies oldest fossil hominin ear bones ever recovered
A new study, led by a Binghamton University anthropologist and published this week by the National Academy of Sciences, could shed new light on the earliest existence of humans. (2013-05-13)
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