Exploring Prehistoric Life

Tue, 2021-05-04

Bicellum brasieri, a freshwater protist that lived nearly one billion years ago, had two distinct cell types and could be the earliest multicellular animal ever recorded. Found in the Scottish Highlands, the microfossil reveals a new...

Wed, 2021-04-28

An international team of scientists has recovered and analyzed partial mitochondrial genomes from 1,300-1,400-year-old specimens of Voay robustus, a recently extinct species of ‘horned’ crocodile that...

Sat, 2021-04-24

Paleontologists have unearthed the 67,000-year-old fossilized remains from three extinct species of giant cloud rats in several caves on the Philippine island of Luzon.

Wed, 2021-04-21

Mosasaurus and other mosasaurs ruled the seas for millions of years.

Tue, 2021-04-20

Studies of ancient mammal remains reveal how the planet’s biggest extinction event played out on land and in the sea.

Wed, 2021-04-21

Scientists have reconstructed the genomes of the extinct giant short-faced bear (Arctodus simus) and the ...

Mon, 2021-04-19

A research study sheds new light upon an ongoing debate among conservation biologists: whether we should conserve sets of endangered species, or whether we should preserve ecosystem functioning, that is, the processes inherent to ecosystems, including those that...

Sat, 2021-04-17

A team of researchers from several institutions dubbed a 6.7-foot-long shark that lived 300 million years ago “Godzilla Shark” after discovering a fossilized skeleton in the Manzano Mountains about 30 miles southwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Fri, 2021-04-16

Paleontologists have found that the thin neck vertebrae of the azhdarchid pterosaurs got their strength from an intricate internal structure.

Thu, 2021-04-15

Paleontologists have found an exceptionally preserved short-winged flower beetle and associated pollen aggregations and coprolites in a piece of mid-Cretaceous...