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New pterosaur discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years

Scientists have discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs - pushing back the...

Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage

An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers that includes scientists from...
Scientist find medullary bone in cretaceous birds

Scientist find medullary bone in Cretaceous birds

A team of scientists led by Jingmai O’Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, reported the first...

Ancient DNA shows the Sámi and Finns share identical Siberian genes

An abundance of genes has journeyed all the way from Siberia to Finland, a recent study indicates. As late as during the Iron Age, people...
33-million-year-old whale from Oregon had neither teeth nor baleen

33-million-year-old whale from Oregon had neither teeth nor baleen

A study reported in Current Biology describes a 33-million-year-old fossil whale named Maiabalaena, which means "mother whale." The ancient whale from Oregon is especially remarkable in that it...

Huge crater discovered in Greenland: Here’s how the impact may have wiped out the...

Scientists have discovered a 31km wide impact crater beneath the Hiawatha glacier in Greenland. The discovery, published in Science Advances, was made using airborne radar...

Scientists discover a gigantic mammal “cousin”

During the Triassic period (252-201 million years ago) mammal-like reptiles called therapsids co-existed with ancestors to dinosaurs, crocodiles, mammals, pterosaurs, turtles, frogs, and lizards. One...

Scientists find the ‘Swiss Army knife of prehistoric tools’ in South China

New analysis of artifacts found at a South China archaeological site shows that sophisticated tool technology emerged in East Asia earlier than previously thought. A...

Tiny dinosaur tracks lead to big discovery

Tracks made by dinosaurs the size of sparrows have been discovered in South Korea by an international team of paleontologists. “These 110-million-year-old footprints and trackways...

Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

During the late Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago, birds belonging to hundreds of different species flitted around the dinosaurs and through...