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...
Skulls and skills varied in archaic Homo erectus
Ethiopian finds suggest larger males and technological variety.
In the harsh desert badlands of the Afar triangle in north-eastern Ethiopia, the earth is slowly giving up its secret...
Cockroaches: the earliest known cave-dwellers
Researchers identify two new species from a mine in Myanmar.
Cockroaches are the first and only creatures to be discovered living in caves before the dinosaurs were wiped out 66 ...
Yes, fossilised plant gum is a thing
110-million-year-old find changes a few assumptions.
British scientists say what you’re looking at here is the first fossil plant gum on record. The amber-like material...
Seaweed from a billion years ago
Researchers suggest it is related to modern land plants.
US and Chinese palaeontologists have discovered what they believe are the oldest green seaweeds ever found. The micr...
Distant human relative mixed with our cousins
Who were these superarchaic humans?
A map of human prehistory is starting to look more like a tangled web than a family tree. First, we heard that our o...
Hot, dry and not a fish in sight – now at least
Aquatic remains by the hundred found in Saharan rock shelter.
If you still have doubts that the Sahara was once a lot wetter, a new study by Belgian and Italian researchers should...
A giant turtle with surprises
The carapace wasn't just big, it sometimes had horns.
If you ever wanted proof that ancient giant turtles really were giant, this is it. Venezuelan palaeontologist Rodolf...
The oldest bamboo fossil isn’t
It’s old, and it’s a fossil, but it was a conifer.
A fossilised leafy branch from the early Eocene (54 to 48 million years ago) found in Patagonia and described in 1941...