Latest Fossil Stories
Paleontologists working in the Canadian Rockies have uncovered the 500 million-year-old fossilized remains of fish with jaw-like structures – the first time this feature has been seen so early in the fossil record.
The first intact skull of a Mediterranean worm lizard has been found in Spain
The introduction of X-ray tomography has revolutionized the way that fossils are studied, allowing them to be virtually extracted from the rock in a fraction of the time necessary to prepare specimens by hand and without the risk of damaging the fossil.
Like the bones of all animals, dinosaur bones are essentially a record of a particular organism’s life history, with tell-tale signs revealing disease or trauma to trained experts.
A fossil creature buried in an "invertebrate version of Pompeii" more than half a billion years ago reveals the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail.
Researchers from Lund University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History have made a unique discovery in a well-preserved fern that lived 180 million years ago.
It has been proposed by paleontologists who study fossilized feathers that the shapes of certain microscopic structures found inside the feathers might tell us the color of the ancient birds. If these structures are melanosomes, that could be true.
Over the last two decades, huge numbers of fossils have been collected from the western Liaoning Province and adjacent parts of northeastern China, including exceptionally preserved feathered dinosaurs, early birds, and mammals.
Definitive evidence of the environment where the early ape Proconsul lived on Rusinga Island, Kenya, has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by Baylor University.
The exceptional preservation and diversity of dinosaur, bird and early mammal fossils present in the fossil beds of northern China are famous. How these creatures died, and why hundreds of creatures from different habitats were buried together on ancient lake floors, has yet to be understood.
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...