This illustration shows a life restoration of a pod of Ankylorhiza tiedemani hunting. Credit: Robert W Boessenecker A report in the journal Current Biology on July 9 offers a detailed description of the first nearly complete skeleton of an extinct large dolphin, discovered in what is now South Carolina. The 15-foot-long dolphin […]

An illustration of Calcaivis, an early relative of ostriches and cassowaries that lived 52 million years ago, showing its iridescent feathers. Credit: Velizar Simeonovski Cassowaries are big flightless birds with blue heads and dinosaur-looking feet; they look like emus that time forgot, and they’re objectively terrifying. They’re also, along with […]

In this image of one of the new ancient species’ reproductive structures, elliptical impressions of sporangia can be seen in one row, while on the top, another row displays preserved carbonized spore masses. Credit: Andrew Leslie Researchers have discovered an ancient plant species whose reproductive biology captures the evolution from […]

Two Spinosaurus hunt Onchopristis, a prehistoric sawfish, in the waters of the Kem Kem river system in what is now Morocco. Credit: Jason Treat, NG Staff, and Mesa Schumacher Art: Davide Bonadonna Source: Dr. Nizar Ibrahim, University of Detroit Mercy Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer finds unique swimming adaptations in […]

Window into the 47 million year old ecosystem of the Geiseltal fossil locality with the small-sized horse-ancestor Propalaeotherium on the left, the ancient tapir Lophiodon in the middle, and a young terrestrial crocodile Bergisuchus in the background. Credit: Márton Szabó Researchers open a window onto ancient mammal evolution using fossils […]

The Broken Hill (Kabwe 1) skull is one of the best-preserved fossils of Homo heidelbergensis. Credit: Natural History Museum London. Griffith University scientists have led an international team to date the skull of an early human found in Africa, potentially upending human evolution knowledge with their discovery. The Broken Hill […]

This new fossil specimen of the worm Utahscolex ratcliffei helped University of Kansas graduate student Anna Whitaker solve a 50-year-old marine-worm mystery. This specimen preserves the everted mouthparts (upper left). The body of the worm is covered of rows of tiny round plates, which were used to redescribe the species. […]

The fossilized leaves belonging to the Welwitschiophyllum plant. Credit: University of Portsmouth A remarkable new treasure has been found by scientists from the University of Portsmouth — the first fossil plant gum on record. The beautiful, amber-like material has been discovered in 110 million-year-old fossilized leaves. University of Portsmouth Ph.D. […]