360 million-year-old tetrapods may have been more like modern crocodiles than previously thought, according to 3D skull reconstruction.
A French-Kenyan research team has just described a new fossil ancestor of today's hippo family. This discovery bridges a gap in the fossil record separating
This week a groundbreaking new resource for scientists will go live, and it is designed to help answer just those kinds of questions.
A new type of ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile which was alive at the same time as the dinosaurs, has been identified from a fossil
Tübingen geomicrobiologists show experimentally how microbial fossils resist the conditions of rock formation
At least 5 mass extinction events have profoundly changed the history of life on Earth. But a new study led by researchers at the University
A perfectly preserved amber fossil from Myanmar has been found that provides evidence of the earliest grass specimen ever discovered - about 100 million years
Washington, D.C.-- A team of US scientists have found "beautifully preserved" 15 million-year-old thin protein sheets in fossil shells from southern Maryland.
Pioneering new research has debunked the theory that the asteroid that is thought to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs also caused vast global
The most recent eruption on the Canary Islands - at El Hierro in 2011 - produced spectacularly enigmatic white "floating rocks" that originated from the
Finding a new species of dinosaur is pretty rare. Getting a hand in the discovery and naming of one - that's rarer still.
Earth's earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles.
New research details how a preserved fossil found in China could be the oldest record of post-natal parental care from the Middle Jurassic.
Minuscule, fossilized pieces of plants could tell a detailed story of what the Earth looked like 50 million years ago.
Scientists have finally managed to extract DNA from Australia's extinct giant kangaroos - the mysterious marsupial megafauna that roamed Australia over 40,000 years ago.
Dinosaurs flourished in Europe right up until the asteroid impact that wiped them out 66 million years ago, a new study shows.
Snakes may not have shoulders, but their bodies aren't as simple as commonly thought, according to a new study that could change how scientists think
University of Alberta PhD student Javier Luque has found the oldest crown-group true higher crab ever discovered, deep in the tropics of Colombia. The discovery
The first discovery of fossilised rods and cones, receptors in the visual system, is reported online this week in Nature Communications.
A study of tooth enamel in mammals living today in the equatorial forest of Gabon could ultimately shed light on the diet of long extinct
A new study from University of Missouri and Virginia Tech researchers is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil
Previous age estimates of the fossils of American mastodons, a distant relative of elephants that inhabited North and Central America, suggest that they lived in