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Meet 'Martina' the pregnant ichthyosaur: 246 million-year-old fossil unearthed in Nevada with THREE babies in its belly is identified as a new species

May 31, 2020

A 246 million-year-old extinct marine reptile that died with its unborn offspring still in its womb has been identified as a new species. 

Fossil of Ancient Long-Tailed Bird Found in China

May 27, 2020

A new genus and species of jeholornithiform avialan that lived during the Cretaceous period has been identified from a nearly-complete specimen found in China.

Isle of Wight pterosaur species fossil hailed as UK first

May 28, 2020

A fossil of a species of prehistoric reptile, previously found in China and Brazil, has been discovered in the UK for the first time, a university said.

Allosaurus cannibalized its own kind, grim new fossils reveal

May 27, 2020

For these Jurassic predators, cannibalism was 'definitely on the table' in desperate times, researchers say.

Ancient crocodile cousins evolved vegetarianism at least three times Read more:

May 27, 2020

We think of crocodiles as fearsome predators, but it wasn’t always so. During the dinosaur era, many crocodile-like reptiles were peaceful plant-eaters. The strategy evolved on at least three separate occasions and seems to have been both common and successful.

Dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck earth at 'deadliest possible' angle

May 26, 2020

New simulations from Imperial College London have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the 'deadliest possible' angle.


May 25, 2020

hen a team of biologists melted some Siberian permafrost to look for microbes, an ancient survivor waved hello.

On University of Tennessee microbiologist Tatiana Vishnivetskaya’s petri dish sat a small pile of nematodes — half-millimeter long roundworms 

Court says dinosaur fossils worth millions aren't minerals

May 21, 2020

Dinosaur fossils aren't minerals under state law, a divided Montana Supreme Court said in a ruling Wednesday that has implications in an ongoing legal battle over the ownership of millions of dollars of fossils unearthed on an eastern Montana ranch.

Ancient giant armored fish fed in a similar way to basking sharks

May 20, 2020

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of Zurich have shown that the Titanichthys - a giant armoured fish that lived in the seas and oceans of the late Devonian period 380-million-years ago—fed in a similar manner to modern day basking sharks.

Fishing Rod ‘Selfie Stick’ and Scientific Sleuthing Lead to Clues about Extinct Reptile Resembling a Dolphin

May 19, 2020

Skeleton high on a London museum wall — mostly ignored for a century — spurs a study finding that the creatures swam in seas from England to Russia to the Arctic, Baylor University researcher says

Humans coexisted with three-tonne marsupials and lizards as long as cars in ancient Australia

May 20, 2020

When people first arrived in what is now Queensland, they would have found the land inhabited by massive animals including goannas six metres long and kangaroos twice as tall as a human.

A 300,000-year-old, nearly complete elephant skeleton from Schöningen

May 19, 2020

Elephants ranged over Schöningen in Lower Saxony 300,000 years ago. In recent years, remains of at least ten elephants have been found at the Palaeolithic sites situated on the edges of the former opencast lignite mine. 

Rare long-necked dinosaur that roamed the polar world unearthed in Australia

May 17, 2020

A dinosaur relative of T. rex and Velociraptor with an unusually long neck, and which may have transitioned from predator to plant-eater as it reached adulthood, has been unearthed in Victoria.

A new genus of sinogaleaspids from China

May 15, 2020

Galeaspids are an endemic clade of jawless stem-gnathostomes known as ostracoderms. Their existence illuminates how specific characteristics developed in jawed vertebrates. Sinogaleaspids are of particular interest among the galeaspids but their monophyly is controversial because little is known about Sinogaleaspis xikengensis. 

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