Palaeontology

Remains of new species of duck-billed dinosaur found in Chile

Remains of a species of herbivorous dinosaur previously unknown in the southern hemisphere have been discovered in Chile, challenging long-held beliefs about the range of duck-billed dinosaurs, scientists said...

New study shows surprising path of bird evolution

New research led by the American Museum of Natural History reveals that the evolution of modern birds was...

Dinosaur-era bird had two tails

A bird that lived 125 million years ago had a tail with two distinctly feathered zones, according to...

The smallest biggest theropod dinosaur

Spinosaurus is the longest, and among the largest predatory dinosaurs, and possesses many adaptations for a semiaquatic lifestyle....

Discovery of new geologic process calls for changes to plate tectonic cycle

Geoscientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and Istanbul Technical University have discovered a new process...

Bird fossils dating back millions of years found in Poland

The areas of present-day south-eastern Poland used to be covered by a shallow sea. But apart from fossil fish, invertebrates and plants, bird remains...

Window to the past: New microfossils suggest earlier rise in complex life

Microfossils from Western Australia may capture a jump in the complexity of life that coincided with the rise of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere and...

New Mosasaur is a link between iconic species

Scientists have discovered a new species of mosasaur, large, carnivorous aquatic lizards that lived during the late Cretaceous. With "transitional" traits that place it...

How the fish got its shoulder

A new analysis of the bones and muscles in ancient fish gives new clues about how the shoulder evolved in animals -- including us. The...

Giant dinosaur carcasses might have been important food sources for Jurassic predators

Carnivorous dinosaurs might have evolved to take advantage of giant carcasses, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Cameron Pahl and...

Bizarre new fossils shed light on ancient plankton

A scientist from the University of Leicester has discovered a new type of fossil that reveals life in the oceans half a billion years...
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