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.
Scientists have discovered evidence of an ancient rhino relative. Fossils indicate that these large mammals were once adept swimmers, as they spent a lot of their time in the water, a new study describes.
The 200 million year-old fossil of a toothy bipedal dinosaur was recently discovered in Venezuela, and it's the first carnivorous hunter ever found in the region. Researchers are now saying that it was likely one of the survivors of the end-Triassic mass extinction event, making it a pioneer of "king lizard" dominance.
Experts recently stumbled upon a fossil of what may be the oldest multicellular organism ever seen. A recent study of the fossil has revealed that it is about 60 million years older than when it was believed the first multicellular organisms started to crawl out of the Earth's primordial sludge, implying that the textbooks are due for a pretty serious rewrite.
A newly discovered armored fossil from New Mexico has just been confirmed as a new species in the ankylosaurid dinosaur family. Researchers from Alberta now suspect that the armored giant is not only related to its cousins up north, but perhaps even made Alberta its stomping grounds as well.
Animal species have come and gone over the years, but a new study has discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity.
A newly discovered species of pterosaur has been named after the dragon-like creatures from the visually stunning 2009 movie Avatar, as it happens to sport s similar skull to the four-winged creatures of the sci-fi blockbuster.
Experts recently uncovered the fossil of a marine reptile whose remains had been gnawed on by long-gone scavengers of the ocean floor. This fossil is one of the first ancient parallels to modern "whale falls" and could help researchers better understand what corpse-eater ecosystems were like nearly 160 million years ago.
Experts have uncovered the fossil of what they believe is the oldest known muscled organism, providing invaluable insight into how muscle tissue developed and evolved from primitive life.
A hiker discovered a set of 125-million-year-old dinosaur footprints in Utah, and soon the public will be given the chance to see these extraordinary tracks.
A close analysis of ancient shells is showing that the Pacific Ocean's El Niño Southern Oscillation - one of the most powerful drivers of annual climate change, may have been just as strong 10,000 years ago as it is now, contradicting accepted models of our planet's climate history.
Experts have recently discovered a very old dinosaur that is not only the first named dinosaur fossil to be discovered in Venezuela, but also in all of northern South America. It also provides some new clues about what happened after the Triassic extinction, the first of two major dinosaur extinction events.
Experts believe they have unearthed the remains of the king of all penguins, a six-foot-long flightless bird that ruled over Antarctica 40 million years ago.
Researchers are suggesting that some dinosaurs likely survived the mysterious mass extinction of the Earth's prehistoric giant lizards because they had shrunk. Theropods, the dinosaur lineage that experts believe was the precursor to modern birds, were likely the only dinosaurs to shrink over time, according to a recent study.
Researchers have just begun scouring through a massive collection of ancient amber, already finding some amazing things including the discovery of a 20-million-year-old sample of a locust that could fill an evolutionary gap in the fossil records.