Various specimens of Africa's earliest coelacanth have been found in a 360 million year-old fossil estuary near Grahamstown, in South Africa's Eastern Cape.
A newly published analysis of the bones of Bunostegos akokanensis, a 260-million-year-old pre-reptile, finds that it likely stood upright on all-fours, like a cow or
A group of scientists from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Nagoya University, and the University of Tokyo decoded the first lingulid
Fossils tell amazing stories and inspire them, too -- just think of this summer's "Jurassic World" blockbuster. But because some of the processes that preserve
University of Otago palaeontology researchers are continuing to rewrite the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing two further genera and three species of
Scientists at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt have described the world’s oldest fossil sea turtle known to date.
The careful examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river
Metal poisoning caused the malformation observed in ancient organisms and may have contributed to their extinction and that of many other species.
A study provides multiple lines of new evidence that pigments and the microbodies that produce them can remain evident in a dinosaur fossil.
When they're not being the stars of various animated movies, penguins are playing an important role in evolutionary studies. Penguins are unique among modern birds
More than 20 million years ago, a short struggle took place in what is now the Dominican Republic, resulting in one animal getting its leg
The diversity of animal life that inhabited the coastlines of South West England 200 million years ago has been revealed in a study by an
Scientists from the University of Kansas are departing this month to investigate how climate, plate tectonics and other factors influenced evolution by bringing species together
Competition played a more important role in the evolution of the dog family (wolves, foxes, and their relatives) than climate change, shows a new international
Widespread species are at just as high risk of being wiped out as rare ones after global mass extinction events, says new research by UK
Researchers have examined one of the smallest parts of the fossil record--theropod teeth--to shed light on the evolution of dinosaurs at the end of the
The Tyrannosaurus rex and its fellow theropod dinosaurs that rampage across the screen in movies like Jurassic World were successful predators partly due to a
An “absolutely exquisite” fossil of a snake that had four legs has been discovered by a team of scientists and may help show how snakes
Mammals were evolving up to ten times faster in the middle of the Jurassic than they were at the end of the period, coinciding with
A newly identified species of feathered dinosaur is the largest ever discovered to have a well-preserved set of bird-like wings, research suggests.
Head-butting and canine display during male-male combat first appeared some 270 million years ago.
Scientists have discovered a striking new species of horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) based on fossils collected from a bone bed in southern Alberta, Canada.