Fossils of Lemur-like extinct primates found in China shed some light in the diversification process of primate evolution in Asia and Africa.
The ability to learn is linked to living things with a nervous system, made possible with the presence of nerves and neurons, but a recent study shows that other living organisms are also capable of learning even without a brain.
Humans may be speeding up the otherwise slow process of evolution by introducing new species to unfamiliar areas. Consequently, heightened competition leads to a loss of diversity.
Ancient animals known as glyptodonts, equipped with a massive shell and a club-like tail, are exactly what they look like: Giant Armadillos. While this has been the animals' nickname for a while, researchers were only recently able to prove they were in fact very closely related to modern armadillos.
Newly discovered fossils suggest human lineages diverged from gorilla ancestors two million years earlier than previously thought. After dating the remains, researchers say they indicate that apes, and therefore humans, originated in Africa, not Eurasia.
Stegodon dinosaurs are thought to be prehistoric cousins of modern elephants. A team of scientists in Pakistan recently unearthed a 1.1 million-year-old tusk belonging to one of these prehistoric animals in a central province of Punjab.
Rare fossils recently found in Idaho represent at least three new small to mid-sized species of theropod, which is the group of carnivorous dinosaurs that includes the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Researchers have discovered a new species of poisonous flower that has been trapped in amber for the last 20 to 30 million years.
Researchers have for the first time found that at least one species of fish can sense touch using their pectoral fins, much like humans use their fingertips to get a feel for their surroundings.
As rhinos evolved and grew bigger they became more susceptible to bone diseases, including degradation, inflammation and infection.
A rare western bumblebee species appears to be staging a comeback in the Pacific Northwest after experiencing dramatic population declines in the 1990s. Researchers are unsure what exactly caused the decline in the first place, but what remains even more of a mystery is why the bees have suddenly rebounded.
Researchers have recently unearthed fossils of an extinct wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a strange nasal structure similar to that of duck-billed dinosaurs.
Pink deep-sea worms previously represented by only a single species have puzzled biologists for nearly six decades. However, four new worms recently spotted near California and Mexico have helped scientists properly place the creatures along the evolutionary tree of life.
Fossils belonging to a prehistoric butterfly-like species were recently found in China and eastern Kazakhstan. This insect, researchers say, predates modern butterflies by about 40 million years and is an example of convergent evolution.