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Paleontologists discover 85-million-year-old ‘baby sea monster’ Tylosaurus

World’s smallest Tylosaurus fossil sheds new light on how the ancient marine predator developed its fearsome snout and teeth as it matured. An 85-million-year-old fossil...

Dinosaur extinction drove pulses of fish diversification

Scientists have found new evidence that fish rapidly evolved in two phases following the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg) mass extinction that occurred 66 million years ago. The...

Did mosasaurs hunt like killer whales?

Did prehistoric sea creatures called mosasaurs subdue prey by ramming them with their bony snouts like killer whales do today? It's a theory that University...

Scientists discover a new species of giant dinosaur in South Africa

A new species of a giant dinosaur has been found in South Africa's Free State Province. The plant-eating dinosaur, named Ledumahadi mafube, weighed 12 tonnes and...

When mammal ancestors evolved flexible shoulders, their backbones changed too

Ancient changes to the backbone paved the way for modern mammal diversity Shrug your shoulders. If you're not in public, shimmy a little. You can do...

DNA analysis reveals distinct lineage of ancient panda in south China

Chinese scientists have found an ancient panda, belonging to a distinct group not found today, separated from present-day pandas 144,000 to 227,000 years ago. In...

This dinosaur-killer meteoroid metal can kill cancer cells

In a recent study, researchers find that cancer cells can be killed with metal from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. The results show that...

Newly discovered dinosaur fossils fill in the evolutionary gap

Two fossils unearthed in northwestern China are missing links in evolution of an unusual lineage, according to scientists. Two newly discovered dinosaurs may be missing...
Fossil teeth show how Jurassic reptiles adapted to change

Fossil teeth show how Jurassic reptiles adapted to change

Marine predators that lived in deep waters during the Jurassic Period thrived as sea levels rose, while species that dwelled in the shallows died...

“Thermal scar” from dinosaur era still warming base of Greenland Ice Sheet

A new ‘heat map’ shows, in unprecedented detail, how geothermal heat is escaping through the Earth’s surface beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. This is critical...