Latest Fossil Stories
A fossil of a 150-million-year-old dinosaur could sell at a New York auction for up to $500,000, a gallery official says. Josh Chait, the director of operations for the I.M.
New finds of 95 million year old fossils reveal much earlier origins of modern octopuses.
Researchers studying a type of fish that once lived in what is now Kansas and Oklahoma have discovered a 300-million-year-old fossilized brain.
About 150 million years ago, an evolutionarily hybrid creature, a dinosaur on its way to becoming a bird, died in what is now Germany, and become fossilized in limestone.
Scientists announced on Wednesday the discovery of the earliest evidence of animal life to date.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Bath and Londonâ€™s Natural History Museum has found that scientistsâ€™ knowledge of the evolution of dinosaurs is remarkably complete.
The evolutionary history of diatoms -- abundant oceanic plankton that remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year -- needs to be rewritten, according to a new Cornell study. The findings suggest that after a sudden rise in species numbers, diatoms abruptly declined about 33 million years ago -- trends that coincided with severe global cooling.
Earth's creatures come in all sizes, yet they (and we) all sprang from the same single-celled organisms that first populated the planet.
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...