Paleontologists have discovered the fossils of a new species of prehistoric sea monster in Scotland, and initial analysis has revealed one thing: it's definitely not Nessie.
Fossilized plaque, of all things, may have solved a mystery that has left archaeologists scratching their heads for years. Known for its iconic Moai statues, Easter Island is suspected to have been colonized around the 13th century. However palm trees, one of the only primary crops on the island, are believed to have become extinct not long after colonization. So how did the islanders survive?
Nearly four years ago, geological surveys of the Arctic Ocean seafloor revealed the presence of shells buried deep in its sediment. Now researchers have analyzed these specimens to discover something astounding: they are million-year-old bivalve mollusks - a new genus and species of their own to add to the fossil records.
It has long been suspected that most mammals, primates included, really started down the evolutionary fast-track after the majority of dinosaurs went extinct. However, new fossil finds from 66 million years ago suggest that primates may have started evolving earlier, with one primate boasting a particularly large body size during a time of exceptionally tiny mammals.
A legendary snowmastodon fossil, creating a worldwide frenzy among the scientific community, is revealing the life and climate of an ancient Earth, according to a new study.
The secret behind the dinosaur disappearances that occurred millions of years ago, supposedly from some giant meteor smash, may in fact lie right in your own neighborhood, near a New Jersey strip mall.
Fifty million years ago, horses were certainly not the tall and regal animals they are today. In fact, they were about the size of your average pig, and boasted three or four thick-nailed toes, not hooves to boot! Now, a well-preserved fossil of an ancient pregnant mare is helping paleontologists learn more about what traits of ancient horses still persist in the animals today.
Evidence of the biggest venomous snake to ever slither across the earth had long been lost, that is, until recently when researchers found a new fossil in Greece that proves today's king cobras were not always rulers of these reptiles.
The dodo has long been the butt of terribly nerdy jokes. That's because, as far as prehistoric animals go, it was an incredible failure. Flightless, awkwardly plump, and very extinct, the dodo drew the short end of the evolutionary stick several times over. Now 3D modeling of a complete dodo skeleton can tell us a little bit more about what this bird was like.
If you've ever paid a visit to any number of museums boasting skeletons of prehistoric crocodiles, you know that they were absolute monsters, certainly capable of chewing on any prey they could get their hands on. But what about the remarkably tough and slippery shells of giant sea turtles? Would trying to chomp through that even be worth the effort? New research is saying that it probably was.
Part of a Columbian mammoth skull and at least one tusk have been unearthed in Idaho, and experts say that the rest of the rare skeleton may be close by.
Some of the world's most bizarre fossils - alien-like figure-eight water creatures - have surprisingly just been identified as distant relatives of humans, according to a new study.
Today is National Fossil Day, acknowledging the great importance of these ancient remains. These days, researchers use fossils to trace the evolution of life's ancestors, looking to birds in particular in an effort to better understand how evolution shapes our world.
In the spirit of Oct. 15, National Fossil Day, a new study has come out describing the earliest-known lamprey larva fossils, recently discovered in Inner Mongolia. While few people take the time to explore the ancient origins of these eel-like creatures, their evolutionary saga in fact helps shed light on humans' biological roots.