Palaeontology

  • Monkeydactyl: the new pterosaur with the oldest opposable thumbs

    Newly discovered flying pterosaur found to have the oldest truly opposable thumbs.

    It flew through the skies on metre-wide wings, but this newly discovered, 160-million-year-old pterosaur shared an un...

    Palaeontology April 13, 2021
  • Last supper for prehistoric pollinating beetle

    Fossil poo filled with pollen shows beetles visited flowers.

    Identifying who pollinated flowers in prehistoric times might be as simple as looking at fossilised beetle poo. A ...

    Palaeontology April 13, 2021
  • Zlatý kůň: The oldest human genome

    The skull of Zlatý kůň might be the oldest to date and had large stretches of Neanderthal DNA.

    Scientists have identified potentially the oldest human genome from a 45,000-year-old skull. When humans and Neand...

    Palaeontology April 8, 2021
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    Palaeontology March 29, 2021
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    How to hunt fossils responsibly

    5 tips from a professional palaeontologist.

    By Kailah Thorn, EdCC Earth Science Museum Curator, University of Western Australia Many of us, at some point or a...

    Palaeontology March 27, 2021
  • Tightening the dragnet on Denisovans

    AI tech tries to sniff out hidden signatures of ancient humans in modern DNA.

    Researchers have identified some prime suspects in the biggest ‘who done it’ mystery in human evolution: who were the...

    Palaeontology March 23, 2021
  • How to survive a mass extinction

    New study reveals how life on earth recovered after the most devastating mass extinction in geolo...

    Life on earth has been assaulted multiple times over its long history, by vicious mass extinctions and crashes in bio...

    Palaeontology March 19, 2021
  • How a baby T-Rex bites

    Researchers use 3D modelling to examine the jaws of different-sized tyrannosaurs.

    Finite element analysis results for an adult Tyrannosaurus rex (FMNH PR 2081) jaw demonstrating a range of biting str...

    Palaeontology March 10, 2021
  • Pompeii of prehistoric plants

    Excavating the ancestors of seed-bearing plants.

    Nearly 300 million years ago, a volcanic eruption in northern China smothered a nearby swamp under half a metre of as...

    Palaeontology March 9, 2021
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  • Ancient mammoth DNA

    The oldest DNA found in the world has been sequenced from a mammoth specimen.

    Ancient DNA is famously tough to extract and identify. Until today, the oldest sequenced DNA came from a horse that h...

    Palaeontology February 18, 2021
  • Dinosaurs take a hike

    Drops in carbon dioxide levels may have allowed herbivorous dinosaurs to get to Greenland.

    A new paper pinpoints the date that a large group of dinosaurs made it to Greenland, suggesting that climatic changes...

    Palaeontology February 16, 2021
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