But the findings are not without their fair share of critics.
Tracking the Cambrian Explosion, when the oceans first filled with complex animal life.
Scientists are still working out why some species are more likely to die out than others.
But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.
Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.
Don't smash up ancient fossils (and other manners you should mind).
Chase the sun somewhere fun.
These 208 minerals were all caused by human activities
The new fossil is intriguing, but paleontologists have better ways of judging a dinosaur's smarts
Homo naledi had small brains but human-like traits, upending the fossil record
Uncover your inner paleontologist
Recovered from sedimentary rock strata deposited in an ancient Chinese lake roughly 55 million years ago, Archicebus achilles provides a key link in the history of human evolution.
By studying the way leaves shrink when they fossilize, a team of more than 100 high school students could build more accurate models of climate change.
Ancient toothaches, smells, franken-mummies, and more!
Our ancestors evolved from "Jurassic Mother"
How we covered the Scopes Monkey Trial, the discovery of Java Man, the Piltdown Man hoax, and milestones in the history of evolutionary theory
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
The new fossil indicates that our ancestors were less chimplike than heretofore thought
You say you want a evolution
Locust swarms to bring out the fear of god
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