Latest Transitional fossil Stories
New research from Duke University suggests a reversal in the order in which two four-limbed creatures transitioned from water to land.
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.
A U.S.-led study of the fossil of an extinct pregnant whale discovered in Pakistan suggests primitive whales gave birth on land. Researchers said the 47.5-million-year-old fossil reveals how primitive whales gave birth and provides new insights into how whales made the transition from land to sea. The researchers who made the discovery said they were at first perplexed by adult female and fetal bones found together. When we first saw the small teeth, we thought we were dealing with a small...
Digital X-rays of Lucy, the skeletal remains of a human who lived 3 million years ago, could provide answers about how our ancestors began walking, said scientists at the University of Texas in Austin on Friday.
Scientists have uncovered two early whale fossils that may shed light on how these ancestors to modern whales evolved from walking on land to becoming sea dwellers.
Officials from the Seattle Science Center paid millions to show the fossil remains of one of the earliest known human ancestors, but the exhibit failed to produce the expected returns.
New British research finds that the Archaeopteryx lithographica seems to have been more like a bird than a reptile in terms of hearing ability.
Researchers in China reported finding fossilized remains of the most primitive turtle to date, providing more insight into how reptiles evolved.
Fossils found on the Isle of Skye indicate a primitive turtle may have moved from land to water 164 million years ago, scientists said. Paleontologists said the species, Eileanchelys waldmani, began swimming in the island's lakes and lagoons and represents the missing link in the turtles' evolution, The Times of London reported. Eileanchelys waldmani can be plausibly interpreted as the earliest known aquatic turtle, researchers said in their study published in the journal Proceedings of the...
The Royal Society journals have reported that the earliest turtles known to live in water have been discovered on a Scottish island.
Hyracotherium (Hyracotherium leporine), was once considered to be the earliest known member of the horse family. Now, though, it is considered to be part of the perissodactyl family related to both horses and brontotheres. Hyracotherium was a dog-sized perissodactyl ungulate that lived in the Northern Hemisphere, with species ranging throughout Asia, Europe, and North America during the Early to Mid Eocene, about 60 to 45 million years ago. The first fossils of this animal were found in...