Tooth structure and wear provide clues to ecology and evolution of ancient marine creatures
A trio of published studies have highlighted the importance of examining dental structure and wear in ancient creatures to better understand their ecology and evolution.
Tiny fossils link 'old bastard' marsupials to South America and Africa
Two tiny fossils are prompting an overhaul of theories about marsupial evolution after they revealed unexpected links to South America – and possibly Africa.
Earliest known microtoid cricetid found from the Junggar Basin of China
Microtoid cricetids are widely considered to be the ancestral form of arvicoline rodents, a successful rodent group including voles, lemmings and muskrats. The earliest previously known microtoid cricetid ...
New advance on Platybelodon from the Linxia Basin of China
(Phys.org) —Platybelodon is a group of extinct Proboscidea. They extended from the early Miocene to middle Miocene of Eurasia. Evident also shows that some of them reached North America in the late Miocene. ...
First known monodactyl dinosaur adding knowledge to the evolution and biogeography of alvarezsauroids
The alvarezsauroid theropod Linhenykus monodactylus from the Upper Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia, China is the first known monodactyl non−avian dinosaur, providing important information on the complex patterns ...
Dinosaur shook tail feathers for mating show
(Phys.org)—A University of Alberta researcher's examination of fossilized dinosaur tail bones has led to a breakthrough finding: some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-day ...
Best evidence yet that dinosaurs used feathers for courtship
A University of Alberta researcher's examination of fossilized dinosaur tail bones has led to a breakthrough finding: some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-day peacocks and turkeys.
New study reveals North America's biggest dinosaur
(PhysOrg.com) -- New research from Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies and the State Museum of Pennsylvania has unveiled enormous bones from North America's biggest dinosaur.
New pterosaur species named after political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new species of pterosaur, discovered by a University of Portsmouth palaeontologist, has been named after the artist famous for his notorious and iconic caricatures of Margaret Thatcher.