Category Archives: Palaeontology

Welcome to HeritageDaily, an academic journal and online magazine featuring the latest palaeontology news and palaeontological press releases from across the globe. Palaeontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life. It includes the study of fossils to determine organisms’ evolution and interactions with each other and their environments (their paleoecology).

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Counting calories in the fossil record

Starting about 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, brachiopod groups disappeared in large numbers, along with 90 percent of the planet’s species.

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Parental care of the young from 450 million years ago

A portrait of prehistoric parenthood captured deep in the fossil record has been uncovered by an international team of scientists led by University of Leicester geologist Professor David Siveter.

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Extinct California porpoise had a unique underbite

Millions of years ago, the coast of California was home to a species of porpoise distinguished from its living relatives by a lower jaw that extended well beyond the upper. In other words, the long-lost porpoise had a rather distinct and unusual underbite.

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Jawed vertebrates get a face

A  team of French and Swedish researchers present new fossil evidence for the origin of one of the most important and emotionally significant parts of our…