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 –...
'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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
Meet Dineobellator from New Mexico
New carnivorous dinosaur yields evolutionary insights.
A new species of dromaeosaurid – a family of generally small to medium-sized feathered carnivores that lived during t...
70 million years ago, days were shorter
Fossil exposes how Moon’s distancing is making days longer.
Scientists studying growth bands in a fossil mollusc that lived shortly before the dinosaurs went extinct have determ...
A Scottish stegosaurus
Researchers unveil a new dinosaur stomping ground.
The stegosaurus, one of the most familiar plant-eating dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period that resembles a dragon, le...
Tiny bird-like dinosaur smallest ever found
Fossil has been trapped in amber since the age of the dinosaurs.
The discovery of a tiny, toothy-beaked skull of a creature that lived about 99 million years ago has given scientists...
A hunt without a kill
Mary Anning showed there’s no barrier to age in science.
The particular specimen pictured above is of a juvenile of Ichthyosaurus anningae, named after none other than Mary A...