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First evidence found of a dinosaur eating a mammal

An international team of scientists has discovered the first evidence of a dinosaur devouring a mammal. The group re-examined a fossil that was discovered...

Analysis of giant extinct marine reptile graveyard suggests mysterious site was ancient birthing ground

Today's marine giants are blue and humpback whales. They routinely make massive migrations across the ocean to breed and give birth in waters where...

True giant wombat gives Diprotodon podium a wobble

Diprotodon is an extinct megafauna species distantly related to wombats but the size of a small car. It is commonly (but incorrectly) thought to...

Fossil site reveals giant arthropods dominated the seas 470 million years ago

Scientists made a new discovery at a major new fossil site in Morocco. This discovery indicates that, giant arthropods who are the relatives of...

Extinct ‘monkey lemur’ shows similarities to human fossils

University of Otago scientists have discovered fascinating clues to human evolution. They have analysed the teeth of extinct lemurs for their study. The "surprisingly large"...

Mongolian fossil is first known species of streamlined non-avian theropod dinosaur to walk on two legs

In Mongolia, scientists discovered a new predatory dinosaur fossil. It was most likely a semi-aquatic diving predator. A near-complete skeleton has been discovered in Omnogovi...

Fossil discovery in storeroom cupboard shifts origin of modern lizard back 35 million years

A fossil discovered in a cupboard at the Natural History Museum in London. It has pushed the origins of the modern lizard back 35...

Fossil overturns more than a century of knowledge about the origin of modern birds

According to researchers, a skeleton fossil discovered in a grapefruit-sized rock has helped to disprove more than a century of knowledge about the origins...

525 million-year-old fossil defies textbook explanation for brain evolution

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, in collaboration with the University of Arizona (UoA), has solved a century-old...

Mastodon tusk chemical analysis reveals the first evidence of one extinct animal’s annual migration

According to the first study to document the annual migration of an individual animal from an extinct species, a roving male mastodon died in...

Paleontologists have identified the remains of one of Europe’s largest-ever land-based hunter’s dinosaur

Paleontologists at the University of Southampton have discovered the remains of one of Europe's largest land-based hunts, a 10m-long dinosaur that lived some 125...

Researchers found bizarre meat-eating dinosaur fossil in Egypt’s Sahara desert

An Egyptian-American study team has discovered a new type of large-bodied meat-eating dinosaur, known as a theropod, at a well-known fossil site in Egypt's...

New species of spinosaurid dinosaur discovered in Portugal

NOVA School of Science and Technology and Museu da Lourinhã scientists have found evidence that a group of fossils found 23 years ago in...

Fossils show a crocodile ancestor dined on a young dinosaur

Scientists have found evidence that an ancient crocodile ancestor chowed down on a dinosaur. A member of a newfound species dubbed Confractosuchus sauroktonos, preserved within...

Ancient plant fossils discovery in Washington points to paleobotanic mystery

A new description of two well-preserved ancient fossil plant specimens is prompting paleobotanists to rethink how plants might have been dispersed during the Late...