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  • Ancient bird turns out to be a lizard

    Researchers reveal the true identity of a bizarre, ancient lizard.

    A bizarre, extinct animal that puzzled researchers and was previously misidentified as bird has now been classified a...

    History June 15, 2021
  • Antibiotic properties of amber

    The fossilised resin contains antibiotic compounds.

    Chemicals in fossilised Baltic amber resin have antibiotic properties, and may be useful for treating antibiotic resi...

    Chemistry April 5, 2021
  • Glowing prehistoric beetle

    Fossilised amber sheds more light on insect evolution.

    Glowing insects like fireflies, fire beetles and worms are a romantic, magical sight – but the fossil record of their...

    Biology January 22, 2021
  • Conversation

    Earliest example of a rapid-fire tongue

    This tiny amphibian had an incredible weapon.

    By Joseph Bevitt, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationThe Yaksha perettii specimen is preserved...

    Features November 6, 2020
  • Prehistoric flies trapped in amber

    Flies encased in amber while doing the deed.

    There’s bad days, and then there’s this. Around 41 million years ago, two prehistoric flies on the southern tip of Go...

    Animals April 8, 2020
  • 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...

    History April 3, 2020
  • 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
  • Another tale set in amber

    Ancient beetle provides evidence of pollination.

    Let’s face it, anything in amber looks pretty cool. The bonus is that they often have an important story to tell.In t...

    Palaeontology November 12, 2019
  • Beautiful view of failed experiment

    Things get tough if your proboscis doesn’t cut it.

    Many things look cool in amber, but this picture strikes us as particularly – well, striking.Unfortunately, it capt...

    Palaeontology August 29, 2019
  • Amber beads revealed as prehistoric fakes

    Neolithic purchasers may have been ripped off.

    Pieces of amber jewellery made in the second and third millennia BCE have been found to be fakes – revealing that the...

    Archaeology May 1, 2019
  • Amber captures the history of life

    Plants and animals trapped in amber.

    In Greek mythology, they were thought to be the tears of the sisters of Phaëton, son of Helios, the Sun God. They wer...

    Animals November 21, 2018
  • Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’ more apparent

    Flowering plants appeared much earlier than thought.

    A three-dimensional reconstruction of Lijinganthus revoluta, found preserved in amber for 99 million years.Credit:...

    Palaeontology November 18, 2018
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