Fossils and ancient life


Neanderthals weaned babies young, study suggests

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Neanderthals may have started weaning their young from seven months of age and transferred them to solid food by just over a year, according to a new fossil tooth study.

Reconstruction of Acrotholus audeti, an 85 million year old dome-headed dinosaur, with the turtle Neurankylus lithographicus in the foreground. Credit: Julius Csotonyi

Thick-skulled fossil cuts dino theory down to size

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The discovery of a new thick-skulled dinosaur the size of a large dog may challenge our image of a pre-historic Earth dominated by supersized lizards, a study said.


Early birds had four wings, not two

Friday, 15 March 2013

Some primitive birds boasted four wings, before evolution led them to ditch their hind feathers in favour of webbed or scaly feet, Chinese scientists said.


The curious case of the Arctic camel

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Giant camels may have roamed the High Arctic millions of years ago, when the region was relatively balmy and forested, according to palaeobiologists.

Why do venomous animals live in warm climates

Why do venomous animals live in warm climates?

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Veritasium asks Why do venomous animals live in warm climates?

Ancient critter grandfather shellfish_COSMOS science magazine

Ancient critter could be the grandfather of shellfish

Friday, 18 January 2013

A weird marine creature that lived 500 million years ago at a time of explosive growth in Earth’s biodiversity could be a forerunner of worms and molluscs, a study says.

Killer walrus theory debunked_COSMOS science magazine

‘Killer walrus’ theory debunked

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A 16-million-year-old fossil has cast doubt on claims from the 1980s of an extinct ‘killer walrus’ species adapted to feed on ‘large, struggling prey’.

Spark of multicellular life two billion years old_COSMOS science magazine

Spark of multicellular life two billion years old

Thursday, 1 July 2010 - 2 comments

Scientists unveiled fossils from west Africa Thursday that push back the dawn of multicellular life on Earth by at least 1.5 billion years.

Rare dinosaur handprints discovered

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Rare fossilised handprints of a carnivorous dinosaur have helped answer questions about the orientation of limbs which later evolved into wings in birds.

Earth’s poles long overdue for reversal_COSMOS science magazine

Earth’s poles long overdue for reversal

Sunday, 4 May 2008 - 33 comments

A reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles could happen sooner than we think, according to Dutch scientists who report that the planet’s magnetic field is becoming gradually less stable.


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