Fossilized feces, aka “coprolites,” are an uncommon paleontological find. But fossilized poop inside a fossilized creature? That’s rarer, still, and why researchers are so excited about the pterosaur fossil pictured above. »
Paleontologists working in the Caribbean have uncovered the first-ever salamander preserved in amber. It’s a discovery that’s shedding light not just on salamander evolution, but the ancient geology of the Caribbean itself. »
Paleontologists have known for years that Tyrannosaurus Rex and other closely related theropods had jagged teeth to help them chew through flesh. But close inspection of crack-like features at the base of these serrations has revealed there’s more to these fearsome teeth than previously believed.
Pterodactyls lived at the same time as the dinosaurs—but somehow, they’re not actually dinosaurs. They were flying creatures, and paleontologists keep telling us that dinosaurs are birds. But still, we’re supposed to call pterodactyls “pterosaurs.” This feels like a trick—why aren’t pterodactyls dinosaurs? »
Researchers working off the Shimokita Peninsula in Japan have discovered living microbes buried 8,000 feet below the seabed, a new record. And because they resemble those found in forest soils, these organisms likely survived for tens of millions of years after being buried under the seabed. »
The preserved remains of 50-million-year-old sperm has been discovered in the wall of a fossilized leech cocoon in Antarctica. That’s 30 million years older than the previous record. »
Two fossilized teeth (pictured above, left and center), recovered in Nagasaki, are believed to be from the lower jaw of a ten-meter tyrannosaur that lived some 81-million-years ago. Teeth from smaller tyrannosaurs have been found in Japan before, but this is reportedly the first evidence that so large a predator… »
This 105 million-year-old fly fed on nectar and pollinated gymnosperm plants during the Cretaceous period — an era before pollinating bees and butterflies existed. By studying fly fossils trapped in amber, researchers from the University of Barcelona discovered that these ancient insects took nectar from plants by… »
They look a little like model rockets or blown-glass Christmas ornaments, but these are the oceanic skeletons of the ancestor of a creature that you’re probably pretty familiar with. »
Paleontologists in Canada have uncovered a new species of horned dinosaur that’s the oldest known relative of Triceratops.
The 2,000-year-old remains of a carefully decorated and deliberately buried juvenile bobcat has scientists wondering if it’s the first example of feline domestication in the prehistoric Americas.
The discovery of Pappochelys, a Triassic-era reptile with a set of emerging turtle-like features, is helping scientists fill in an important evolutionary gap. »
The fossilized remains of Hallucigenia sparsa were so strange, that paleontologists originally mistook its tail for its head. Now, four decades after its discovery, a Cambridge University research team has corrected this error with an updated reconstruction (and for an ancient sea worm that featured a frightening row… »
I was ten when Jurassic Park roared across the screen in the summer of 1993. I couldn’t wait for it. Both National Geographic and TIME ran dinosaur cover-stories leading up to the release, celebrating the new image of “hot-blooded” saurians set to make box-office records. In the week leading up to the movie, I finally… »
Paleontologists in Alberta have described a fiercely intimidating Cretaceous Period dinosaur that featured a distinct set of facial horns and spines at the back of its skull.
Back in 2008, paleontologists discovered what appeared to be the fossilized egg of a horned dinosaur. A new study has re-identified it as belonging to — get this — a bird. So how could the original analysis have been so wrong? »
Indiana Jones may not be beloved by real-life archaeologists, but there is one thing that Dr. Jones has in common with many historical archaeological and scientific explorers: he’s lived a very exciting life. Here are some real historical figures who had remarkable adventures and made plenty of discoveries along the… »
When the fossil of this 12 million year old whale with a terrifying set of giant jaws was uncovered the name chosen was a fitting one: Leviathan, for the Biblical sea monster, and Melvillei, for the author of the most famous whale story. And then things started to get tricky. »