Latest Fossil Stories
Paleontologists say Angola is fast becoming a "museum in the ground" for rare dinosaur fossils, where some are actually sticking out of the ground.
Early relatives of spiders that lived around 300 million years ago are revealed in new three-dimensional models, in research published today in the journal Biology Letters.
A new technique might help locate looters who stole from Utah's collection of dinosaur bones.
Geologists of the University of Granada - UGR have successfully described for the first time ever the biological mechanism that explains how calcareous red algae grow on rocky substrates.
An international team of scientists has discovered an extinct rodent species, based on fossil tooth remains found in Alborache, Valencia.
Findings may provide insight into the origins of life on Earth, and even the search for life on Mars.
Good old-fashioned detective work has turned up the first conclusive explanation for the origin of a massive bonebed in southern California, according to a new study led by a UBC paleontologist.
In the famed Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed near Bakersfield, Calif., shark teeth as big as a hand and weighing a pound each, intermixed with copious bones from extinct seals and whales, seem to tell of a 15-million-year-old killing ground.
A fossil hunter famed for the discovery of the world's best-preserved dinosaur will serve 60 days in jail for stealing raptor bones from private land.
Leptofoenus pittfieldae is an extinct species of wasp that lived during the Miocene Burdigalian stage. It was found encased in amber from the island of Hispaniola. This species was described by studying one individual that was found in a piece of amber, mined by the La Toca mine group in the Dominican Republic. Although amber is abundantly mined in that area, no other individuals of this species have been found. The specimen is now located in the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in...
Atrypa (lampshell) is an extinct genus of brachiopod from the Late Ordovician stage (444 million years ago) to the Carboniferous stage (318 mya). It occurs abundantly as fossils in marine rocks. Fossils have been found on all continents except Antarctica. This animal has distinctive concentric growth lines and is unusual in that in some Devonian beds there are numerous remains of the pedicle (foot) valve, but very few of the brachial (upper) valve -- scientists speculate that strong ocean...
Seitaad, derived from a Navajo legend of a san monster with the same name -- "Seit'aad," is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. The type species, S. ruessi, was described in 2010 based on fossils recovered from the Navajo Sandstone Formation in southern Utah. It is known from a nearly complete fossil that appears to have been entombed by the collapse of a sand dune about 185 million years ago. Based on the fossil, the dinosaur would have been 10 to 15 feet long...
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