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'Tight-rope walking' croc may have stood on two legs – study

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The finding could shed light on how other creatures from the Cretaceous period – such as pterosaurs – would have moved about

Scientists unearth 'most bird-like' dinosaur ever found

May 15, 2019 - 8:32 PM

A study published in the journal eLife Sciences says Alcmonavis poeschli is 'the most bird-like bird discovered from the Jurassic'

'MOST BIRD-LIKE.' This handout photograph taken in 2017, and released by Bayerische Staatssammlung fur Palaontologie und Geologie on May 15, 2019, shows the wing of Alcmonavis poeschli, as it was found in the limestone slab in the Lower Tithonian Mornsheim Formation of the Solnhofen Archipelago limestones, in the Altmeuhl Valley, situated in the district of Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. AFP PHOTO/BAYERISCHE STAATSSAMMLUNG FUR PALAONTOLOGIE UND GEOLOGY/OLIVER RAUHUT

Tiny T. rex sheds light on prime dino predators

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:43 PM

The Moros intrepidus, standing just 3 feet high at the hip and weighing as much as an adult human, roamed the plains of modern-day Utah around 96 million years ago

MOROS INTREPIDUS. This handout document released on February 20, 2019 by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences shows the Moros intrepidus, the tiny cousin of T. rex discovered in North America which could provide a key missing link in understanding how the apex predators evolved to top the food chain, scientists who unearthed the dinky dinosaur said on February 21. AFP PHOTO / NC Museum of Natural Sciences / JORGE GONZALEZ

Fossil of prehistoric deer found in Argentina

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The fossil – which hasn't yet been given a definitive age – includes almost 70% of the animal, including its spine, extremities and teeth

PREHISTORIC. Handout picture taken on October 26, 2018 and released by the Museo Paleontologico 'Fray Manuel de Torres' on January 7, 2019 showing fossil bones of a prehistoric deer specimen found recently at the Campo Sposito palaeontological site in San Pedro, in the north of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO/MUSEO PALEONTOLOGICO/HO

5 reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding of our reptile ancestors, and a major controversy whose outcome could rewrite human history

 The dinosaur Ledumahadi mafube - reconstructed in this illustration - made headlines in 2018. Viktor Radermacher

'Missing link' bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:36 AM

A revised assessment of the kangaroo sized Chilesaurus bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long standing classification of all dinosaurs

HERBIVOROUS DINO. This file photo taken on June 23, 2015 shows a replica of a skeleton of a Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a bizarre genus of herbivorous dinosaur, exhibited at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

New fossils found 'proof' life on Earth existed earlier than thought

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The oldest fossils ever found are direct evidence of life on Earth 3 8 to 4 3 billion years ago – within a few hundred million years of the accretion of the solar system

Haematite tubes from the NSB hydrothermal vent deposits that represent the oldest microfossils and evidence for life on Earth. Credit: Matthew Dodd

Scientists find new stubby-armed dinosaur in Argentina

Jul 14, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Researchers announce that they have discovered a ferocious meat eating dinosaur in Argentina notable for having short arms like the T rex but hailing from a different branch of the family tree

NEW SPECIES. Argentine paleontologist Sebastian Apesteguia poses in Buenos Aires on July 13, 2016 next to a replica of a Gualicho skeleton. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Mideast skull find sheds light on spread of humans

Jan 29, 2015 - 7:51 AM

A 55 000 year old partial skull found in a cave in Galilee Israel gives clues to when our ancestors left their African homeland and strengthens theories that they co habited with Neanderthals

ANCIENT SKULL. Israeli Professor Hershkowitz shows part of a 55,000 year old partial skull found in the Dan David-Manot Cave in Israel's Western Galilee, near the settlement of Manot, on January 28, 2015.  Menahem Kahana/AFP

Ichthyosaur fossil solves reptile riddle

Nov 06, 2014 - 10:29 AM

For years proof that this sea dwelling species had ever had terrestrial adaptations was missing Now that vital evidence has been found

Photo by Dr Ryosuke Motani

Southeast Asian cave paintings challenge Europe as cradle of art

Oct 09, 2014 - 7:09 AM

A 40 000 year old silhouette of a hand on an Indonesian cave wall is challenging the notion that Europe is the birthplace of art

ANCIENT ART. Hand stencils and-painting of a wild pig at Leang Pettakere. Photo: Anthony Dosseto, University of Wollongong

Ancient behemoth: Meet Dreadnoughtus, a supermassive dino

Sep 04, 2014 - 11:47 PM

Dreadnoughtus schrani a supermassive dinosaur that would have weighed as much as 60 small cars is discovered Argentina

In Argentina, dinosaur hunters embark on next phase

Jul 05, 2014 - 1:44 PM

In recent years the discovery of fossils of such sauropods in Argentina s Patagonia region confirmed that the remote area was once home to the largest dinosaurs to roam the Earth

Dinosaur metabolism: not too hot, not too cold

Jun 14, 2014 - 9:46 AM

The researchers classify dinosaurs in an intermediary category – mesotherms – with metabolic rates closest to those of tuna certain sharks and the leatherback turtle

Fossils of largest dinosaur found in Argentina

May 17, 2014 - 7:51 PM

A true paleontological treasure amazes Argentina

First dinosaurs in Arabian peninsula identified

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:53 AM

The researchers found teeth and bones dating from around 72 million years ago in the northwestern part of the region along the coast of the Red Sea in what is today Saudi Arabia

DINO IN ARABIA. A theropod tooth and a sauropod vertebra (shown at different scales) are some of the first ever discovered dinosaur remains in Saudi Arabia. Photo courtesy Maxim Leonov & Tim Holland/Uppsala University

Extinct 'Godzilla' platypus found in Australia

Nov 05, 2013 - 3:02 PM

A giant extinct species of the platypus with powerful teeth has been discovered in Australia

EXTINCT SPECIES. This undated handout image shows an artist impression released by Peter Schouten of a newly discovered species of an extinct platypus, Obdurodon tharalkooschild, discovered in Queensland and a photo (inset) released by Rebecca Pian showing the tooth of the platypus. AFP / Peter Schouten / Rebecca Pian

Out of the oil emerges Venezuela's 'Jurassic Park'

Sep 06, 2013 - 12:11 PM

Paleontologists have found fossils of a giant armadillo a crocodile bigger than a bus and a saber toothed tiger

VENEZUELAN FOSSILS. Paleontologists find new fossils in Venezuela

Broken tooth in dino tail 'proves' T. rex was predator

Jul 17, 2013 - 1:46 PM

What researchers have described is the first discovery of a broken Tyrannosaurus rex tooth in another dinosaur bone

T. REX BITE. This undated photo courtesy of David A. Burnham and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows researchers Robert A. DePalma II (L)and David A. Burnham as they look at a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth crown embedded between hadrosaur vertebrae and surrounded by bone overgrowth. Photo by AFP/David A. Burnham/PNAS

Study reveals ancient fish had abs

Jun 14, 2013 - 11:36 PM

Researchers mapping the oldest fossilized vertebrate muscles ever seen worked out the position of the muscles and the orientation of the muscle fibers

Image courtesy of the Australian National University

Ancient giant lizard named after Jim Morrison

Jun 05, 2013 - 1:00 PM

A giant lizard species that lived 40 million years ago is giving clues on possible links between evolution competition and global climate

"LIZARD KING." Artist's rendition of Barbaturex morrisoni. Art by Angie Fox, Nebraska State Museum of Natural History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Fish out of water: coelacanth helps evolutionary probe

Apr 18, 2013 - 6:54 PM

Analysis of the coelacanth genome shows three billion letters of DNA code making it roughly the same size as a human s

A stuffed coelacanth on display. Todd Huffman/Wikimedia Commons