Scientists Can Finally Tell This Bizarre Animal's Head From Its Tail

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… » 6/25/15 11:40am Thursday 11:40am

Yes, Jurassic Park's Bad Dinosaur Science Still Matters

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… » 6/11/15 11:00am 6/11/15 11:00am

7 Archaeologists Who Were Real-Life Indiana Joneses

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… » 6/02/15 10:00am 6/02/15 10:00am

They’re Calling This Adorable Creature The ‘Platypus’ Of Dinosaurs

Meet Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a newly described dinosaur discovered by a seven-year-old boy in Chile. The theropod was related to famous meat-eaters like T. rex, but researchers think it was a vegetarian. Stranger still: It possessed a mixture of anatomical features unlike anything researchers have seen before.
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Brontosaurus Should Be Reinstated As A Distinct Dinosaur, Say Scientists

It's the most famous dinosaur that never was — or at least that's what paleontologists have believed for 112 years. After an exhaustive comparative analysis of over 500 physical characteristics, researchers have concluded that Brontosaurus is sufficiently distinct from Apatosaurus to warrant its own genus. Bronto, it… » 4/07/15 8:25am 4/07/15 8:25am

This Crazy-Looking Creature Was The Ocean's First Filter-Feeding Giant

Behold Aegirocassis benmoulae, an extinct creature that swam through the Earth's oceans some 480-million years ago. Discovered by paleontologists in Morocco, it possessed modified legs, gills on its back — and a filter system for feeding. Remarkably, it's the oldest known animal to fill an ecological niche now… » 3/12/15 1:40pm 3/12/15 1:40pm