Fossil Rock Anthem

Dancing paleontologists, colourful graphics, and unashamed catchiness make Fossil Rock Anthem one of my favourite scientific parody songs. Even better, it's educational effectiveness is backed by research into the developing field of using music to engage students in learning science. » 4/15/14 1:10pm Yesterday 1:10pm

This dramatic fossil shows an ancient marine reptile giving birth

This 248 million-year-old fossil is incredible for two reasons. First, it shows the tragic moment an Ichthyosaur died giving birth. Second, it's the oldest evidence of a live reptilian birth — about 10 million years older than previous samples. » 2/13/14 3:23pm 2/13/14 3:23pm

12 of the most astounding 'living fossils' known to science

Coined by Charles Darwin, the term "living fossils" is used to describe living creatures that have stood the test of time — hardy and resilient organisms that have remained largely unchanged for millions of years. Here are some of of the most incredible examples of nature not fixing what ain't broke. » 1/22/14 10:00am 1/22/14 10:00am

New Discovery Could Explain How Sea Creatures Evolved to Walk on Land

Scientists had long thought that hind legs only evolved after animals crawled up on land. But a new fossil discovery has turned that idea on its head. We're getting closer to fully understanding the evolutionary steps that led animals out of the sea and onto four legs. » 1/15/14 6:20am 1/15/14 6:20am

Why would we evolve to poop in the same place as our friends?

Humans aren't the only creatures who share communal toilets — many mammals do this. In fact, new research shows this behavior was an ancient evolutionary development. Scientists have discovered a large, rhino-like reptile defecated in "communal latrines" some 240 million years ago. » 11/28/13 11:30am 11/28/13 11:30am

More evidence that mosquitoes have been assholes for millions of years

Contrary to what’s been portrayed in Hollywood films, scientists have never actually been able to recover traces of blood from a preserved insect. This incredible fossil of a 46 million-year-old engorged mosquito has now changed that. But don’t get your hopes up about resurrecting extinct species. » 10/15/13 8:00am 10/15/13 8:00am

16-foot dinosaur tail unearthed in Mexico is in perfect condition

For the first time in the country's history, paleontologists in Mexico have discovered a fully articulated dinosaur tail – and it's a doozy. Believed to have belonged to a hadrosaur living 72-million years ago, the tail's 50 intact vertebrae extend a whopping 16-feet in length, and are in pristine condition. » 7/23/13 11:20am 7/23/13 11:20am

Finally: Actual physical evidence that T-rex was a predator

It looks like the most badass predator to have ever roamed the Earth, but paleontologists have struggled to prove that Tyrannosaurus rex actually hunted its prey, leading some to believe that it was a scavenger. Now, the discovery of a T-rex tooth embedded in the tail of a hadrosaur offers the first direct evidence. » 7/16/13 8:00am 7/16/13 8:00am

Fossils reveal the evolutionary split between monkeys and apes

Scientists have discovered fossils of two newfound primate species, dating back to 25 million years ago. One fossil belongs to the group that contains great apes (hominids), while the other is from the group that includes Old World monkeys. The discovery may mark the moment when our primate ancestors first diverged… » 5/16/13 11:40am 5/16/13 11:40am

Ancient fossil reveals that Cthulhu really did live on Earth 500…

About half a billion years ago during the Cambrian period, in the early years of multicellular life on Earth, there existed a creature out of our nightmares. A scaly arthropod, distantly related to today's lobsters and spiders, Fuxianhuia crawled along the ocean floor with those insane-looking tentacle legs. Those… » 2/27/13 3:30pm 2/27/13 3:30pm