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Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colors of Ancient Insects

Fossils rarely retain evidence of an organism’s original color, but these 99-million-year-old amber fossils found in Myanmar are revealing the vibrant hues of another world. Read more...
Tags: Science, Myanmar, Fossils, Insects, Amber, Paleontology, Ancient Insects, Amber Fossils, Now In Technicolor

Tracks Hint at a Crocodile Ancestor That Walked on 2 Legs

Over 100 million years ago in what is now South Korea, evolution experimented with nine-foot-long bipedal reptiles.
Tags: South Korea, News, Research, Kim, Fossils, Reptiles, Paleontology, Lockley, Crocodiles, Scientific Reports (Journal, Your-feed-science, Kyung Soo, Martin (1950-

Early Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Sea Monsters Laid Squishy Eggs

New research suggests early dinosaurs laid eggs with soft shells, and mosasaurs—gigantic marine reptiles—did so, too, laying soft-shelled eggs of massive proportions.Read more...
Tags: Science, Eggs, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Dinosaur Eggs, Egg Laying, Soft Shelled Eggs

Life Hatched From Soft Eggs, Some a Foot Long, in Dinosaur Era

A football-size egg from Antarctica and baby dinosaurs from Mongolia and Argentina shine new light on ancient reptile reproduction.
Tags: News, Eggs, Research, Antarctica, Argentina, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Reptiles, Mongolia, Lucas, Paleontology, Fabbri, Matteo, Norell, Fish and Other Marine Life, Nature (Journal

This ancient crocodile walked on two legs 'like humans'

The Jinju Formation, South Korea,houses nearly 100 well-preserved fossilized footprints.An analysis of the footprints suggests they were left by a 3-meter-long crocodile that walked on human-length hindlegs.The animal, named Batrachopus grandis, is another potential addition to the widely diverse family of the crocodylomorphs. As any schoolchild will tell you, crocodiles have remained unchanged for millions of years. These powerful ambush predators have evolved to fit perfectly within their nic...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Science, Biology, Animals, Bbc, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Kim, University Of Queensland, North Carolina, Paleontology, University of Manchester, Phil Manning, Jinju

Ancient Two-Legged Crocodile Left Behind These Awesome Footprints

Modern crocodiles are known for their sprawling four-legged gait, but this Cretaceous crocodilian walked on two legs as it prowled prehistoric shores, as evidenced by well-preserved footprints it left behind.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossils, Paleontology, Footprints, Crocodiles, Crocodilians, Ancient Crocodiles

Paleontologists Predict What Future Animals Might Look Like

It’s a bit unorthodox, reaching out to those who spend their lives studying past and asking them to predict the future. But these paleontologists were happy to take on our assignment: Could you apply what you know about how life has changed over time to guess what species might be like millions of years from now?Read more...
Tags: Science, Evolution, The Future, Paleontology

Fossilized Stomach Contents of Armored Dinosaur Reveal Its Last Meal

A 110-million-year-old fossil found nine years ago at an open pit mine in Alberta is providing fascinating new details about the dietary habits of plant-eating armored dinosaurs and the environments in which they lived.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dinosaurs, Alberta, Paleontology, Armored Dinosaurs, Nodosaurs, Dinosaur Diets

Allosaurus dabbled in cannibalism according to new fossil evidence

Rare fossil evidence of dinosaur cannibalism among the Allosaurus has been discovered. Scientists analyzed dinosaur bones found in the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in western Colorado, paying special attention to bite marks that were present on 2,368 of the bones. It's likely that the predatory carnivore only ate their already-dead peers during times when resources were scarce. Rare fossil evidence of dinosaur cannibalism has been discovered by paleontologists in a large quarry near the Utah-Colorado ...
Tags: Death, Colorado, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Paleontology, PLOS ONE, Utah Colorado, Drumheller, Carnivore, Stephanie Drumheller, Mygatt Moore Quarry

Long Limbs Helped Propel T. Rex Up the Dinosaur Food Chain

The apex predator wasn’t a quick runner because of its heft, but its lanky limbs ensured it could amble efficiently for hours.
Tags: News, Research, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Alexander, PLoS One (Journal, Biology and Biochemistry, Mount Marty College, Your-feed-science, Dececchi

Is poop-filled drinking water what killed ancient giant sloths?

Evidence collected from an ancient boneyard in Ecuador suggests that a group of 22 ancient giant sloths died in a wallow of their own feces. Other mammals, such as a deer, a horse, an elephant-like creature called a gomphothere, and another species of ground sloth were identified at the site. The fate of the sloths parallels that of modern hippos who can become lethally poisoned in times of drought when the feces to water ratio shifts in their watering holes. Evidence collected from a fossil t...
Tags: Science, Animals, Water, Nature, Atlantic, Geology, Innovation, Brazil, Dinosaurs, Ecuador, North America, Gulf, Paleontology, Bones, Tanque Loma, Santa Elena peninsula

Dramatic Fossil Shows a Squid-Like Creature Crushing a Fish in Its Jaws

A re-analysis of a fossil found in England during the 19th century reveals that it depicts a 200-million-year-old scene in which a squid-like creature is still clutching onto its prey.Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Fish, Fossils, Squid, Paleontology, Predation, Ancient Squids

New fossils reveal first known swimming dinosaur

Spinosaurus has remained an elusive quarry for paleontologists despite its initial discovery more than 100 years ago. A recent study of newly excavated fossils suggests the 40-foot-long therapod swam and hunted in waterways. If future evidence confirms the study's findings, it may change our understanding of the Mesozoic era. Despite being extinct for 65 million years, dinosaurs continue to evolve in our imaginations. Over the past two hundred years of research, these once terrible lizards hav...
Tags: Animals, Water, Earth, Harvard, Nature, Munich, Morocco, New York Times, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Marine Biology, Paleontology, Henderson, Biomechanics, Ibrahim

Ancient 'crazy beast' mammal classified as new species

Gondwanatherians were mammals that roamed present-day Madagascar.The new species likely resembled a badger and was about the size of a cat, which was relatively big for its time.The discovery highlights how isolation often leads to strange, evolutionarily distinct creatures. After discovering an extraordinarily well-preserved fossil, scientists have classified a new species of extinct mammal: Adalatherium hui, or "crazy beast."It's likely the most complete Gondwanatherian skeleton that's ever...
Tags: Science, Animals, Innovation, Evolution, Madagascar, Paleontology, Southern Hemisphere, University of Louisville, Denver Museum of Nature Science, New York Institute of Technology, Gondwana, David Krause, Guillermo Rougier, Gondwanatheria

A Strange Dinosaur May Have Swum the Rivers of Africa

The Spinosaurus possessed a long, powerful tail. Paleontologists think the dinosaur used that to propel itself through water.
Tags: News, Africa, Research, Dinosaurs, Swimming, Fossils, Paleontology, Ibrahim, Nazir, Nature (Journal, Your-feed-science

Mass Grave of Elephant-Sized Sloths Poses Murky Mystery

Death might have taken weeks; it might have been days. But when it struck, it struck ruthlessly.Read more...
Tags: Science, Paleontology, Sloths, Giant Ground Sloths

'Crazy Beast' Fossil Discovered in Madagascar Reveals Bizarre Mammal From the Cretaceous

An incredible skeleton unearthed in Madagascar over 20 years ago has finally been studied in detail. The well-preserved bones reveal a “crazy beast” that was unlike any mammal living today.Read more...
Tags: Science, Madagascar, Fossils, Mammals, Paleontology, Ancient Mammals, Cretaceous Period

Well-Preserved Tail of Terrifying Aquatic Dinosaur Shows It Was a Formidable Swimmer

The discovery of a well-preserved Spinosaurus tail fossil is refining what we know about these ferocious carnivores, further affirming their role as aquatic hunters. Read more...
Tags: Science, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Spinosaurus, Spinosaurs, Aquatic Dinosaurs

The most dangerous place on Earth 100 million years ago

A new study compiles a comprehensive record of a fossil-rich area of southeastern Morocco.Giant swimmers in a long-gone river system fed huge terrestrial and flying predators.The area was home to a diverse population best studied from afar. Set the Wayback Machine to 100 million years ago. Where do you want to go? Well, where you really don't want to go is the Sahara. According to the lead author of a new study of Cretaceous rock formations in southeastern Morocco, the region was "arguably the ...
Tags: Biology, Earth, Nature, Egypt, Morocco, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Biodiversity, Sahara Desert, Paleontology, Ibrahim, Sahara, Nizar Ibrahim, University of Portsmouth, David Martill

First Frog Fossil Found on Antarctica

The specimen is some 40 million years old, and is probably related to species currently living in South America.
Tags: News, Research, Frogs, Chile, Antarctica, South America, Fossils, Paleontology, Thomas, Scientific Reports (Journal, Antarctic Regions, Your-feed-science, Mors

Throwing Stick Hints at Ancient Ancestors' Hunting Techniques

Archaeologists in Germany found a throwing stick that might have been used by a species that preceded Neanderthals.
Tags: News, Germany, Paleontology, Archaeology and Anthropology, Hunting and Trapping, Wood and Wood Products, Neanderthal Man, Nature Ecology & Evolution (Journal, Your-feed-science

When Crocodiles Once Dived Like Dolphins and Whales

They didn’t have blowholes, but an ancient lineage of crocodilians returned to the oceans in a manner similar to some marine mammals.
Tags: News, Research, Fossils, Paleontology, Schwab, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Whales and Whaling, Crocodiles, Ears and Hearing, Dolphins and Porpoises, Evolution (Biology, Oceans and Seas, Your-feed-science, Julia A

Why science took a slow dinosaur to Pangaea

Mainstream science didn't buy the theory of continental drift until the 1950sIt wasn't for lack of effort: Snider-Pellegrini and Wegener published their arguments in 1858 and 1912, respectivelyThis map honors both their names, and their main argument: similar fossils on different continents Double-barrelled theories Oh, the places the mind goes when its cartesian other half is stuck between four walls. From the Dunning-Kruger effect, much in evidence these days, it hopscotches to the curious ...
Tags: Germany, Africa, US, Earth, Austria, South Africa, Geology, Innovation, Antarctica, Brazil, Dinosaurs, South America, Map, Paleontology, Atlantic Ocean, Don

Early String Ties Us to Neanderthals

A 50,000-year-old fragment of cord hints at the cognitive abilities of our ancient hominid cousins.
Tags: News, France, Paleontology, Hardy, Archaeology and Anthropology, Scientific Reports (Journal, Neanderthal Man, Rope and Twine, Your-feed-science, Moncel, Bruce L, Marie-Helene

Easter eggs from the most South African dinosaur

After years of data processing at the Wits laboratory, one evolutionary scientist has constructed a 3D model of a baby Massospondylus The post Easter eggs from the most South African dinosaur appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Article, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Dinosaurs, Lesotho, Paleontology, University of the Witwatersrand, Sci-tech, Kimberley Chappelle

Titanosaur footprints discovered on the roof of a French cave

Paleontologists published a paper on the discovery of dinosaur footprints on the roof of a French cave.The prints are deep underground and were made during the Middle Jurassic period. The footprints belonged to titanosaurs, the largest land animals ever. French scientists found gigantic dinosaur footprints on the roof of the Castelbouc cave the Lozère region of southern France. A new paper outlines the discovery approximately 1640 feet under ground by the paleontologist Jean-David Moreau from t...
Tags: Australia, France, Animals, Africa, History, Geology, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Extinction, Paleontology, Franche Comté, Lozere, Americas Europe, David Moreau, Castelbouc, Jean David Moreau

Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa

The excavation found the oldest known Homo erectus, a direct ancestor of our species, living around the same time as other extinct hominins.
Tags: News, David, South Africa, Fossils, Baker, Andy, Paleontology, Stephanie, Strait, La Trobe University, Homo erectus, Endangered and Extinct Species, Evolution (Biology, Science (Journal, Skull (Body Part, Your-feed-science

These Flies Have Been Trapped in the Bone Zone for 41 Million Years

A pair of long-legged flies met a Romeo-and-Juliet ending some 41 million years ago, when a falling drop of tree resin ruined their tender moment. On the bright side, their disrupted act of fornication was preserved for all eternity in this pornographic piece of amber.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sex, Paleontology, Juliet, Bone Zone, Flies, Amber Fossils, Paleo Porn, Caught In The Act

Scientists Find 2 Mating Flies Trapped in Prehistoric Amber

The discovery was part of a haul of unusual fossils recovered from sites across Australia and New Zealand.
Tags: News, Australia, New Zealand, Fossils, Insects, Amber, Paleontology, Spiders, JEFFREY, Pangaea, Stilwell, Scientific Reports (Journal, Reproduction (Biological, Antarctic Regions, Your-feed-science

Fossilized Vomit and Feces Are Delighting Paleontologists

Fossil skeletons tell us a great deal about extinct species; we couldn’t piece together ancient life without them. Just as important, however, are the fossils that may not immediately tug at our imaginations, fill us with awe, or even be recognizable to non-paleontologists. The traces that an animal made during its…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossils, Paleontology, Vomit, Coprolites