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These weird marine critters paved the way for the ‘Cambrian explosion’ of species
Fossils from Newfoundland sea beds give a clue to how early animal communities formed.
A close look at amber fossils that have stuck through the ages
Like archival animation cels, the most rarefied amber specimens reveal stories frozen in time.
Meet the ancient owl that embraced daylight
Millions of years ago, one owl species moved off the night shift, shaping a lifestyle for some modern birds of prey.
Spinosaurus bones hint that the spiny dinosaurs enjoyed water sports
Most dinosaurs were landlubbers, but this Cretaceous predator may have been found splashing in shallow waters for a meal.
Slap another cephalopod on the vampire squid’s family tree
Syllipsimopodi bideni is the oldest known ancestor to vampire squids and octopuses. And its fossil has a tentacular surprise.
Classifying invertebrates is hard. Butts can help.
Butts are just as important as spines.
Is T. rex really three royal species? Paleontologists cast doubt over new claims.
A new study based on private fossils claims that Tyrannosaurs are kings, queens, and emperors.
Even dinosaurs couldn’t escape the sniffles
Fossilized vertebrae show tthe sauropod Dolly probably caught a fungal respiratory infection.
June was probably a terrible month to be a dinosaur. Here’s how we know.
Fish bones and water lilies help pin down the exact timing of when the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs hit Earth.
Feast your eyes on exquisite fossils from an ancient rainforest (and more)
Found in Australia, the bonanza of soft-bodied relics in rock dates back to the Miocene epoch.