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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...