History

  • A squid attack that went awry

    Rare fossil captures an ancient confrontation.

    These seemingly benign images may in fact show the oldest known example of a squid-like creature attacking its prey –...

    Palaeontology May 7, 2020
  • 'Crazy beast' discovered in Madagascar

    Mammal lived with dinosaurs on Gondwanaland.

    When in isolation, animals evolve bizarre features and behaviours.  Adding to the weird and wonderful fauna on the...

    Palaeontology April 30, 2020
  • Fossil frogs offer insights into early Antarctica

    Researchers find first traces of amphibians.

    The discovery of the earliest known modern amphibians in Antarctica provides further evidence of a warm and temperate...

    Palaeontology April 23, 2020
  • The origin of faeces

    How to tell dog poo from human poo.

    The archaeological record is littered – aha – with poo, a potential goldmine for insights into ancient health and die...

    Archaeology April 20, 2020
  • Learning to fly – from dinosaurs

    It’s not just modern aeronautical feats that can inspire us.

    Pterosaurs, the largest animals ever to fly, soared the skies for 160 million years – much longer than any species of...

    Palaeontology April 17, 2020
  • A most successful egg hunt

    Researchers explore the complex story of an ancient luxury good.

    This isn’t quite an Easter story, but it does date back centuries and it is about eggs. Scientists say they are cl...

    Archaeology April 10, 2020
  • Fibre fragment strikes a chord

    Research suggests Neanderthals knew a thing or two.

    This may look like just a bit of old rope and, OK yes, it is a bit of old rope. But it’s an important bit. Researc...

    Archaeology April 10, 2020
  • Amazonia domesticated plants early

    International team gathers evidence from 'forest islands'.

    Southwest Amazonia has been confirmed as one of the earliest centres of plant domestication in the world. From the...

    Archaeology April 9, 2020
  • Polynesian settlers came earlier than thought

    Drought motivated often dangerous voyages.

    Settlers first arrived in East Polynesia around 200 years earlier than previously thought, according to new research....

    Archaeology April 8, 2020
  • Homo erectus keeps getting older

    Researchers make an important find in fossil-rich South Africa.

    It continues to be a big week for archaeological revelations. Yesterday Cosmos reported on three new papers that p...

    News April 3, 2020
  • Gondwana in amber

    Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology.

    An international team of palaeontologists has discovered an assortment of intact amber fossils in the Southern Hemisp...

    Palaeontology April 3, 2020
  • More clues to the story of our past

    Three studies take a detailed look at important discoveries.

    It’s been a landmark day for learning about our ancestry, with the publication of not one but three major studies. ...

    Palaeontology April 2, 2020
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