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Dinosaur discovery sheds new light on how raptors evolved


The discovery of a nearly complete fossil of a small, feathered dinosaur in an Alberta provincial park sheds…
Ancient fossils reveal fresh clues about early life on land

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Slime has been present on Earth for a very long time — almost 2 billion years, according to…
Meet the ‘mold pigs,’ a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago

5 days ago

Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period,…
The real Jurassic Park was a vast desert

5 days ago

An ancient desert covered in sand dunes as far as the eye could see, where dinosaurs and small…
Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today

6 days ago

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must first piece together the details of the…
Paleontologists find traces of sabre-toothed cat in Medicine Hat

October 7, 2019

New research shows that the fearsome sabre-toothed predator Smilodon fatalis lived in Alberta during the Ice Age, according to scientists…
T. rex used a stiff skull to eat its prey

September 26, 2019

A Tyrannosaurus rex could bite hard enough to shatter the bones of its prey. But how it accomplished…
New research details first days after asteroid strike that killed off dinosaurs

September 25, 2019

A giant, speeding asteroid crashed into a shallow sea 66 million years ago and plunged Earth into a…
Coral reefs and squat lobsters flourished 150 million years ago

September 19, 2019

Coral reefs and the abundant life they support are increasingly threatened today, but a snapshot of a coral…
U of T alumnus Cédric Aria at the main Marble Canyon quarry site in Canada’s Kootenay National Park during the summer of 2014 (photo by Jean-Bernard Caron)
Researchers discover tiny, 500-million-year-old predecessor to scorpions and spiders

September 13, 2019

Paleontologists working on the world-renowned Burgess Shale have revealed a new species named Mollisonia plenovenatrix, which they describe as the…
Were pterosaurs the flamingos of the Jurassic?

September 10, 2019

Never mind bats and birds, pterosaurs were the first real evolutionary heroes who gained the ability of powered…
Stanford-led research shows huge die-off in ancient biosphere

September 5, 2019

Clues from Canadian rocks formed billions of year ago reveal a previously unknown loss of life even greater…
Scientist finds fossils dating back 550 million years, among earliest known displays of animal mobility

September 5, 2019

In a remarkable evolutionary discovery, a team of scientists co-led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist has discovered what…
Oxygen depletion in ancient oceans caused major mass extinction

September 2, 2019

Late in the prehistoric Silurian Period, around 420 million years ago, a devastating mass extinction event wiped 23…
A Desmoceras fossil. A cephalopod that thrived in the early Cretaceous, 146 to 100 million years ago. Note the fossilized biomineral nacre or mother of pearl. Image credit: Pupa Gilbert
Making biominerals: nature’s recipe is old, evolved more than once

August 22, 2019

In recent years, scientists have teased out many of the secrets of biomineralization, the process by which sea…
One-toed Brazilian dinosaur dashed across ancient deserts

July 29, 2019

A new theropod dinosaur has been discovered from the little-explored region of northern Paraná in modern Brazil. Named Vespersaurus,…
The fossil of Microdocodon gracilis is preserved in two rock slabs. It was found in a site near the Wuhua village in the Daohugou area of Inner Mongolia, China. (Photo by Zhe-Xi Luo, the University of Chicago)
Here’s how mammals went from big gulps to small swallows

July 22, 2019

Researchers have found the earliest known evidence of a mammal predecessor with sophisticated bones at the back of…
UO team says Oregon fossil came from a bear-sized meat-eater

July 17, 2019

During her senior year at the University of Oregon, Selina Robson pulled a heavily damaged jaw from the…
Small horned dinosaur from China, a Triceratops relative, walked on two feet

July 15, 2019

Many dinosaur species are known from scant remains, with some estimates suggesting 75% are known from five or…
Some crocs of the past were plant eaters

July 4, 2019

Based on careful study of fossilized teeth, scientists Keegan Melstom and Randall Irmis at the Natural History Museum…
Blue colour tones in fossilised prehistoric feathers

June 26, 2019

Examining fossilised pigments, scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered new insights into blue colour tones in…
Mammals and their relatives thrived, diversified during so-called ‘Age of Dinosaurs’

June 21, 2019

Paleontologists are trying to dispel a myth about what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The…
Slime travelers

June 21, 2019

New UC Riverside-led research settles a longstanding debate about whether the most ancient animal communities were deliberately mobile.…
Fossil teeth reveal ancient hyenas in the Arctic

June 19, 2019

Modern hyenas are known as hunters and scavengers in Asian and African ecosystems such as the savanna. But…
New Discovery could Rewrite Textbooks on Evolutionary Theory

June 13, 2019

With the publication of a new study in the leading scientific journal Nature, a group of researchers from…
New ‘king’ of fossils discovered on kangaroo island

June 13, 2019

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found…
Study shakes up sloth family tree

June 11, 2019

Sloths, which once roamed the Americas, ranged from tiny, cat-sized animals that lived in trees to massive ground…
A Yale scientist’s research 50 years ago changed our understanding of dinosaurs

June 6, 2019

Academics used to tease paleontologists, saying that while dinosaurs appeal to children, they won’t answer the important evolutionary…
Mega-raptors were top predators in Thailand 100 million years ago

May 31, 2019

If you go to an average Thai island today, you find a very different “predator” to what existed…
A high-heeled dinosaur?

May 22, 2019

A 24-tonne dinosaur may have walked in a ‘high-heeled’ fashion, according to University of Queensland research. UQ PhD candidate…
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