Foot and hand bones of Homo naledi, an extinct human ancestor, suggest that the early humans walked up right on two feet and climbed trees.
Paleontologists from the University of Michigan recently excavated almost 20 percent of a complete woolly mammoth skeleton from a local wheat field. The discovery was made by farmer and landowner who was digging to install a drainage pipe.
Using Maiasaura fossil bones, researchers recently revealed the most detailed life history of any dinosaur known.
Shellfish deposits have been used to determine Pangea's ancient climate. This could help scientists predict future climate changes.
The earliest North American coral species that reappeared following the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction were found at New York Canyon in Nevada. This sheds light on the corals' survival and recovery.
Using fossilized structures known as melanosomes, researchers concluded that an ancient bat species was reddish-brown in color. More importantly, the study suggests that melanin desposits from fossils can be used to determine the color of ancient species.
A new study sheds light on the evolution of tooth enamel tissue. It turns out that the enamel protecting human teeth originated in the scales of ancient fish.
Wits University researchers recently discovered the earliest known fossils of coelacanth species. This species, named Serenichthys kowiensis, is 360 million years old.
Using fossilized teeth, researchers found that humans adapted a grass-based diet 400,000 years earlier than previously thought. This sheds light on how habitat change shaped human evolution.
Three new fossil whale species were found in New Zealand. This provides valuable insight on how baleen whales evolved from their toothy ancestors.
Researchers recently discovered an ancient sea predator in a fossil-rich site in Iowa. They named the new species after a Greek warship.
Feathered fossils examined by Brown University researchers were found to hold vital pigment information about a bird-like dinosaur that died 150 million years ago.
Penguin fossils found in Antarctica reveal valuable information about the bird's unique adaptations. While they have evolved as flightless birds, they have many interesting traits that allow them to fly through water.
A new lizard species with teeth fused to the top of its jaws has been found in fossilized remains in southern Brazil. It seems that a different path of evolution was taken by these reptiles than previously thought.
Editorial: While it's not a pit of tar in a Los Angeles park, it may be nearly as good in terms of providing a predator record of the Jurassic period. Paleontologists will continue to study this predator pit in Utah, first explored in 1928. Today they're using new technology, photogammetry.