Palaeontology

  • 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...

    Palaeontology February 12, 2020
  • 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...

    Palaeontology February 4, 2020
  • Introducing a new Aussie dinosaur

    Potential presence of a second megaraptorid species in the area.

    Australian scientists have announced the discovery of the fragmentary remains of a new species of theropod dinosaur i...

    Palaeontology January 15, 2020
  • Java Man not so old after all

    First human species out of Africa reached Asia later than thought.

    The oldest human remains in Southeast Asia aren’t as old as we thought they were. An Indonesian-Japanese team of s...

    Palaeontology January 9, 2020
  • Tiny fossils are first known baby dinosaurs

    Discovery reveals dinosaurs were breeding near the South Pole.

    A collection of tiny fossilised thigh bones, some just 2.5 centimetres in length, are the first remains of baby dinos...

    Palaeontology December 20, 2019
  • Java Man's last stand

    Most recent Homo erectus lived more than 100,000 years ago, research finds.

    By Dyani LewisThe disputed age of the youngest known Homo erectus remains on the Indonesian island of Java has been r...

    Palaeontology December 18, 2019
  • Clues to the evolution of modern penguins

    An old bird with proportions close to current-day relatives.

    Penguin fossils from around 62 million years ago in the Palaeocene suggest the ones we know today may have evolved ea...

    Palaeontology December 10, 2019
  • Snapshot

    It looks like an animal, but…

    Caveasphaera adds to a complex story.

    Caveasphaera, a multicellular organism found in 609-million-year-old rocks in South China's Guizhou Province, defies ...

    Palaeontology November 28, 2019
  • Did bad luck kill the Neanderthals?

    We need to consider demography, not just external factors: study.

    The last Neanderthals were snuffed out around 40,000 years ago. But what led to their demise – and whether our own an...

    Palaeontology November 27, 2019
  • Action in amber

    Fossil reveals 16-million-year-old hitchhikers.

    How did tiny crawling soil dwellers get around during the early Miocene? If this snapshot in amber from the Dominican...

    Palaeontology November 26, 2019
  • When snakes had legs

    Fossil analysis adds more pieces to the evolutionary puzzle.

    Snakes had legs for quite a while, but it was quite a while ago, according to analysis of a rare fossil find. Palaeo...

    Palaeontology November 20, 2019
  • This old bird did shake its tail feathers

    Japanese fossil find suggests complex evolution.

    Japanese researchers have described what they say is the first species of bird from the Early Cretaceous period (arou...

    Palaeontology November 17, 2019
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