Some dinosaurs may have been in trouble even without the asteroid

Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid six miles in diameter cannoned into Earth. The collision triggered the catastrophic downfall of a vast and thriving dinosaurian ecosystem, ultimately ending with their extinction. Only that's not what happened. Not at all exactly. (Cue Sam Neill's voice.) » 5/02/12 9:55am 5/02/12 9:55am

This four-winged dinosaur is helping rewrite the book on prehistoric plumage

What color were the dinosaurs? It's a question that people have puzzled over for close to 200 years, and one that many long believed to be unanswerable. But a few years ago, scientists discovered that microscopic structures called melanosomes could be used to reveal prehistoric creatures' true hues. » 3/08/12 3:56pm 3/08/12 3:56pm


Scientists discover vast field of footprints from 8-million-year-old elephant herd

One of the largest paleontological finds in history has been discovered in the United Arab Emirates. Researchers working in the country's deserts have uncovered a massive tract of land riddled with the footprints of four-tusked titans called Stegotetrabelodon syrticus — the earliest known members of the elephant… » 2/22/12 12:21pm 2/22/12 12:21pm

The ugly origins of Florida's beautiful, mysterious tree islands

Many have marveled at the strange beauty of the tiny "tree islands" of the Florida everglades. How did they get there? Why do such small piles of land manage to sustain such healthy trees? Today, McGill paleoecologist Gail Chmura answered that question. Her research suggests strongly that the trees were originally… » 3/21/11 3:57pm 3/21/11 3:57pm